David Bowie was getting himself into a side career of providing peppy ditties for movies for a while there, giving all kinds of films a little coating of coolness. Cool World was one of those to benefit, though it seems not to have done much good for the movie itself. The song is basically a mix of heartfelt Bowie-ism (Pop Mode Duke) with electronic beats masterminded by Nile Rodgers. For extra flavor, he also plays bursts of sax throughout the track. The end result is ... okay. The remixes vary from an fairly ordinary radio remix to stripped beat baths that show off the odd bit of flair here and there.
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AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald