In this age of elaborate music videos with engaging visuals and planned choreography, it’s easy to forget the unencumbered joys of two men prancing awkwardly together in empty buildings and streets. Luckily YouTube user Mario Wienerroither’s latest entry in his “Musicless Music Video” series returns to that simpler time with the music video from 1985 for David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s “Dancing In The Street.” Over the years, many people have mocked this collaboration, from Family Guy to A.V. Club’s own inventory about terrible videos, but this stripped down version offers a new and decidedly weirder look at the pair’s gyrations. The video’s random assembly of lunging and Jazzercising becomes even more desperate without the bombastic music to back it up; the faint echoes of old men grunting and tennis shoes squeaking on concrete increases the awkwardness of Bowie and Jagger trying to maintain their hip icon status in the face of this infamous visual catastrophe. [via Stereogum]
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