Song: “Rocket Experience”
In an attempt to revitalize American interest in space exploration, astro-man, sometimes actor and notorious conspiracy theorist puncher Buzz Aldrin took the usual route of recording a hip-hop single to reach his goal. At first this doesn't seem to be such a great idea because Buzz is old (seventy-nine at the time of the recording) and old people rapping has been a novelty at best and a terrible punishment handed down by Satan at worst.
On the other hand, you can't really tell Buzz Alrdin “no” because he walked on the moon and if you did he would probably, as we mentioned, punch you in the face.
Snoop Dogg was one of the many people contacted to help develop the track. Seemingly having nothing better to do, he obliged, somehow okaying such lyrical truths as “I’m the spaceman/ I’m the rocket man/ It’s time to venture far/ Let’s take a trip to Mars/ Our destiny is to the stars.” Coincidentally, those phrases appear in many of David Bowie's albums between the sixties and seventies.
Song: “Dancing in the Streets”
David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Speaking of David Bowie, he's done a series of notable collaborations himself, though without the aid of an astronaut waiting to die. One has to wonder why he'd even bother when you consider he has enough alter-egos to start a band made up entirely of himself.
Perhaps Bowie's most well known collaborative effort is “Under Pressure” which he wrote with Queen. However, four years later in 1985, Bowie teamed up with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones (in one of the rare moments Jagger wasn't snorting something) to cover “Dancing in the Street” for Live Aid. The song would reach number one in both the UK and the US, and why wouldn't it? It's damn catchy.
Oh, wait. It's also creepy as hell. I'm not sure most people would qualify what either man is doing as “dancing” per say but what do we know? Maybe the secret of the dance is getting uncomfortably close to another man's absurdly large lips and getting lost in his gaze while you dance/skip down the abandoned streets of what appears to be North Vietnam.
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