China Girl (song)
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This article is about the song. For the film, see China Girl (film).
Single by David Bowie
from the album Let's Dance
"China Girl" is a song which was co-written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie, for Iggy Pop's album The Idiot. However it was not popularized until it was released by David Bowie on the album Let's Dance.
An edit of David Bowie's 1977 version was also released as a single.
Under the auspices of Nile Rodgers, the song was given a much more commercial sheen than the sinister Iggy Pop version.
It continues the theme established in the video for "Letís Dance". The song was again edited for single release, but attracted more attention for its striking video. David Malletís clip, shot in Australia, featured Geeling Ng lying naked in the surf with Bowie (a visual reference to the film From Here to Eternity). The latterís bared buttocks saw the video generate some lurid tabloid headlines, though the clip as it is went on to win an MTV award. The UK single release reached #2 in the charts, and the US release #10.
The song was a regular for Bowieís live shows for the rest of the 1980s, and resurfaced again from 1999.