To celebrate what would have been the 71st birthday of David Bowie the previously unreleased “Let’s Dance” (Demo) is being released as a very special digital-only single available for streaming and download.
In late 1982, David Bowie was visited at his home in Switzerland by Nile Rodgers to listen to songs for the album that became “Let’s Dance.”
Inspired by the new songs that Bowie had written, the pair decided to record a set of demos straight away. Without a band, the Montreux Jazz Festival organiser Claude Nobs was asked if there were any local musicians that could join the sessions to work on the demos. Turkish born Erdal Kizilcay, (who would later work with extensively with Bowie), was recruited to play bass along with an unidentified drummer and second guitarist.
On December 19 and 20, 1982, this makeshift band entered Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland and on their first day, they recorded a funky stripped back demo for “Let’s Dance.”
Thirty five years later the track has been mixed for the first time especially for this release by Nile Rodgers and Russell Graham at Nile’s Le Crib Studios in Westport, Connecticut.
At the end of the track, Bowie’s voice can be heard laughing saying “That’s it, that’s it! Got it, got it!”. Within four months “Let’s Dance” would be one of the biggest and most influential hits of the decade.
LET’S DANCE (DEMO)
Produced David Bowie and Nile Rodgers
Arranged by Nile Rodgers and David Bowie
Mixed by Nile Rodgers & Russell Graham at Le Crib Studios, November 2017
Recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, December 19, 1982
Engineered by David Richards
Vocals: David Bowie
Guitar: Nile Rodgers
Bass: Erdal Kizilcay
2nd Guitar: Unknown