The Untitled GenX Podcast

David Bowie - Let’s Dance (1983) — with Rowan Harrison!

May 3, 2022

Visual artist Rowan Harrison joins me to put on our red shoes and dance the blues to David Bowie’s 1983 post-disco, new wave, funk-pop masterpiece, Let’s Dance.

From Bowie's desire to make a solid dance record to his use of music videos as social commentary, we chat all about the album's infectious rhythms and massive success that led to Bowie's "Phil Collins years" that followed.

Sharp suits and pompadours are not required, but they're definitely encouraged as we discuss an artist's evolution, the struggle to stay relevant, the challenges of innovation, and how we define mainstream in hindsight.

Get to know Rowan Harrison:

Rowan is an award-winning visual artist, arts instructor, and presenter of cultural affiliated arts programs working in the mediums of clay, illustrations and mixed media. He has been combining the ideals of passion, apprenticeship, and patience, presenting his artwork rooted in his Native American cultural heritage to communities and cities locally and abroad. Rowan is also an enthusiast and connoisseur of all things visual arts, music, film and popular culture. 

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