David Bowie, had he not ascended to his home planet two years ago, would have turned 71 years old today. Since the Bowie industry shows no signs of slowing down following his death – with documentaries, box sets, unreleased tracks and more coming out at a fairly steady clip since then – it’s no shock that “Let’s Dance (Demo)” has hit the world today.
“Let’s Dance (Demo)” is a, you guessed it, demo version of the track that would represent a new phase of the artist’s career, recorded with producer Nile Rodgers in 1982 as the groundwork for what the two would end up doing together for Bowie’s 1983 album Let’s Dance. Here’s Rodgers in a statement on the track, which has never been officially released before today:
“I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very, very, very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations. This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!'”
Give “Let’s Dance (Demo)” a listen below: