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Mick Jagger's "Dancing in the Street" Video Is One the Worst Crimes of the '80s

Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday.

The pop-infested dance craze of the '80s was so contagious that even staunch blues-rocker Mick Jagger tried jumping on the groove train.

In 1985, he departed from his band's rock 'n' roll roots to release more dance-friendly tunes on the solo album She's the Boss. The release recorded two "hit" singles in "Just Another Night" and "Lucky in Love." It even reached platinum status but was far from being a mainstream success, by Stones' standards.

But so what?

In the grand scheme of things, Jagger deserves kudos for daring to branch out of his comfort zone. With his résumé and reputation, it's easy to forgive any latter-day sins . . . except maybe one.

On this day, 27 years ago, Jagger joined fellow music god David Bowie at London's Abbey Road Studios to record a cover of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Streets." Initially, it was planned that the two would perform the song at Bob Geldof's epic charity concert event, Live Aid. The idea was that Jagger would perform his verses from JFK Stadium in Philly, while Bowie sang his from London's Wembley Stadium, simultaneously.

Technology being what it was at the time prevented the cross-continental live duet from happening, so they settled on recording and releasing the track as a single. In reality, the cover ain't half-bad, but the music video Bowie and Jagger shot to accompany the song is downright atrocious.

While the intentions were good (proceeds from the single went to charity), the baggy wardrobe looked terribly bad (even for the '80s), and the dance moves were just plain ugly.

Arguably one of the worst music musical crimes of the '80s. Can you think of any other ones that could top it?

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Anthony Sandoval
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