One room of his London studio is crammed with old vinyl and, in a sense, this is the real location of the song.
“I picture the platter on those old Wurlitzer or Seeburg jukeboxes, spinning discs around. All my records are in the other room and I’m thinking, how does the record we’re making fit into all that history and culture?
It may have been because Mick Ronson was one of the most self-effacing players in British rock that he also appeared one of the most genuine and down to earth.
'He was about as ego- less as you can be and still function in the music business,' says the writer Charles Shaar Murray, who knew him well during this period.
“Bruno [Mars] was on drums, Jeff [Baskher] was on keys, I was on bass, and we just kept playing it until we locked into a groove.
The city-country duo’s been seen together during Fashion Week at Tom Ford’s show and dinner at the former Four Seasons Restaurant space that’s being taken over by art collector Aby Rosen.She believes when you feel safe, you are limitless, and is on a personal mission to make Safety, Sexy. " -- wondered the Internet in the Southern Hemisphere.Voor hij aan zijn solocarrière begon, produceerde Mars nummers voor artiesten als Brandy, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, Cobra Starship, Adam Levine en Alexandra Burke en met Cee Lo Green werkte hij aan het liedje F**k You! Verder schreef hij mee aan de nummers Right Round van Flo Rida en Wavin' Flag van K'naan.Ronson, however, was apparently almost oblivious to the iconoclastic implications of such a statement, one of glam-rock's most pungent images.'I go to the venue, put on my make-up, play my guitar, take my make-up off and go home,' was his abiding memory of participating as the leader of Bowie's revolutionary Spiders From Mars group; thus paying scant regard to the fact he had become, with the eyeliner and lank dyed blond hair, the visual archetype of the apparently androgynous British guitarist.Released in November last year, Uptown Funk spent 14 weeks at No 1 in the US, seven at the top in the UK, sold more than 10 million copies, and is the most streamed track of 2015 so far.After that first flash of inspiration in London N1, there were further sessions in Los Angeles, Memphis and New York – months spent adding and subtracting elements with the highly portable and infinitely adjustable facilities of contemporary digital recording technology.The way Ronson describes it, he was searching for something elusive from the mental archives of a vast record collection.“Having spent 20 years of my life DJing, it is sometimes hard to shut off the spinning disco ball in my head,” he says, in a flat, transatlantic drawl.They were also together at a Free Arts NYC auction.Colen’s repped by Larry Gagosian and has shown at billionaire Peter Brant’s Connecticut foundation.