Criminal World

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"Criminal World"
Song by David Bowie
from the album Let's Dance
Recorded Power Station, New York City, December 1982
Genre Pop rock, dance-rock
Length 4:25
Label EMI America Records
B 8190 (US)
Songwriter(s) Duncan Browne, Peter Godwin and Sean Lyons
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers
Let's Dance track listing
"Criminal World"
"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"

"Criminal World" is a song written by Duncan Browne, Peter Godwin and Sean Lyons of the band Metro. They released it on their debut album in 1977.

David Bowie recorded it in 1982 for the album Let's Dance. Stevie Ray Vaughan played lead guitar on it. This version was also released as the B-side of the single "Without You" in November 1983. When first released it was banned from the Radio One playlist for its 'suggestive' lyrical content.[1] It is rumoured that the US military played it through a large PA system as a form of aural encouragement whilst trying to dislodge General Manuel Noriega from his office during their invasion of Panama in 1989.[2]

There is also a cover on The Tenth Stage's self-titled 2006 album.


  1. ^ Stanley, Bob (2013-09-13). Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. 
  2. ^ Diton, Robert (2012-04-09). "David Bowie releases his best-selling album in 1983".