“Let’s Spend the Night Together”.

 

“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
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   Lyrics                          Video
from the album      Aladdin Sane
B-side “Lady Grinning Soul”
Released July 1973
Format 7″ single
Recorded RCA Studios, New York, December 1972 or
Trident Studios, London, January 1973
Length 3:03
Label RCA
Producer(s) Ken Scott, David Bowie
David Bowie singles
“Time”
(Video)
Let’s Spend the Night Together
(Video)
“Life on Mars?”
(Video)
More from Aladdin Sane album
“The Prettiest Star”
(Video)
“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
(8)
“The Jean Genie”
(Video)

Let’s Spend the Night Together a glam rock version, was recorded by Bowie for his Aladdin Sane album, released in April 1973. It was also issued as a single by RCA Records in the US and Europe. It was a Dutch Top 40 hit, peaking at No. 21.

Bowie’s rendition featured pulsating synthesiser effects. The singer added his own words as part of the finale:

They said we were too young
Our kind of love was no fun
But our love comes from above
Let’s make… love

Author Nicholas Pegg describes the recording as “faster and raunchier” than the Stones’ performance with “a fresh, futuristic sheen”, while NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray considered Bowie to have performed “the unprecedented feat of beating the Stones on one of their own songs”, remarking on the track’s “polymorphous perversity” and “furious, coked-up drive”. However, Rolling Stone’s contemporary review found the Bowie version “campy, butch, brittle and unsatisfying”, suggesting that “one of the most ostensibly heterosexual calls in rock is made into a bi-anthem”.

A live version recorded by Bowie at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 3 July 1973 appears on the album Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture (1983).

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