Blogging from A to Z: P is for “Putting Out Fire (With Gasoline)”
Song: Putting Out Fire (With Gasoline), aka “Cat People”
Albums: Yep, you read it right. Cat People (1982) and Let’s Dance (1983)
Personnel: Soundtrack version: David Bowie (lead vocals), Giorgio Moroder (keyboards, guitar, bass), Michael Landau (guitars), Tim May (guitars), Leland Sklar (bass), Keith Forsey (drums)
“Let’s Dance” version: David Bowie (lead vocals), Carmine Rojas (bass guitar), Omar Hakim (drums), Tony Thompson (drums), Nile Rodgers (guitar), Stevie Ray Vaughan (guitar), Rob Sabino (keyboards), Sammy Figueroa (percussion), Frank Simms (backing vocals), George Simms (backing vocals), David Spinner (backing vocals)
What I love about this track: On the original, the reverse order use of rototoms gives the percussion a tribal feel. On the “Let’s Dance” version, you get to see that this is more than just a slow, slightly disturbing song about shapeshifters.
Trivia: Bowie originally intended to use the original version of the song on his “Serious Moonlight” tour, but co-composer Giorgio Moroder’s label refused to release the necessary rights. As a result, Bowie re-recorded the more upbeat version and performed it.
Why I chose this video: “Serious Moonlight” was the first tour on which the song was performed.