David Bowie’s 1983 album, “Let’s Dance,” represents the peak of his popular success and the introduction of Texas blues guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan to a wider audience.
In central Texas, everyone knew who Stevie Ray Vaughan was. His live shows had already become the stuff of legend, as had his blistering live set with Double Trouble at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland the year before. But it really wasn’t until “Let’s Dance” that people outside of Texas started to take notice of SRV.
“Modern Love” is my favorite single off of “Let’s Dance,” but this is the better video. Watching it now, it is outdated (bad clothes! bad hair!), disjointed (a mushroom cloud? aboriginals buying jewelry with an AMEX card?) and misleading (we’re hearing Stevie’s guitar at the end, not Bowie’s), but still entertaining.