Dancing with Myself
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|"Dancing with Myself"|
|File:Dancing with Myself Billy Idol.jpg|
|Single by Billy Idol|
|from the album Don't Stop and Vital Idol|
|Recorded||1980 (remixed in 1981)|
|Genre||Punk rock, dance-punk, new wave|
3:19 (single version)|
4:50 (on Don't Stop)
5:57 (on Vital Idol)
|Writer(s)||Billy Idol, Tony James|
|Billy Idol singles chronology|
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"Dancing with Myself" is a punk rock song written by singer Billy Idol and bassist Tony James, and first recorded by their band Generation X. The song was first released as a single and a 12" in 1980 and, a few weeks after the single release, was included on the band's last album—1981's Kiss Me Deadly. It would become one of the group's most well-known songs, but had limited success in its initial release.
In 1981, Idol remixed and re-released "Dancing with Myself" as a solo single, toning down its aggressive guitar sound and instead emphasizing its power pop or pop rock elements. Two versions were issued—the 3:20 single version (which was later included on Idol's 11 of the Best compilation), and the 4:50 extended version that appeared on Idol's Don't Stop EP.
Idol plays "Dancing with Myself" at most of his concerts, always introducing the song as having been originally written and recorded by Generation X. Since its release, the song has become something of a sports anthem.
- 1 Background
- 2 Formats and track listings
- 3 Charts
- 4 In popular culture
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The music video was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist). The set was borrowed from an L.A.-based production of Ann Jellicoe's punk rock-themed play The Sport Of My Mad Mad Mother, produced by and starring Dan Shor.
Formats and track listings
Generation X release
7": Chrysalis - CHS 2444 (UK)
- "Dancing With Myself" (3:30)
- "Ugly Rash" (4:30)
12": Chrysalis - CHS 12 2444 (UK)
- "Dancing With Myself" (4:06)
- "Loopy Dub" (5:08)
- "Ugly Dub" (3:05)
Billy Idol release
7": Chrysalis - IDOL 1 (UK)
- "Dancing With Myself" (3:19) [Labelled as "Billy Idol featuring Generation X"]
- "Love Calling (Dub)" (5:33)
12": Chrysalis - IDOLX 1 (UK)
- "Dancing With Myself" (6:05) [Labelled as "Billy Idol featuring Generation X"]
- "Love Calling (Dub)" (5:33)
- "White Wedding" (8:20)
- "Hot In The City" (5:20)
- "White Wedding" is the 12" Shotgun mix, but not labelled as such.
Generation X version
|UK Singles Chart||62|
Billy Idol version
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||27|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||2|
|RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart||9|
In popular culture
- The song was featured on the Can't Buy Me Love soundtrack.
- The song was featured in the opening credits for the film Flushed Away.
- The song was featured in the music video game Guitar Hero 5.
- The song was featured in the movie Mean Girls. A cover version by The Donnas was also released as a single branded specially for the film.
- The song was featured in the Pilot episode of the television show Bad Judge
- The song was covered by pop-punk band Blink-182 for the film Loose Change
- The song was also covered by Houston punk rock band 30 Foot Fall on their debut album, Divided WE Stand. The song is usually peformed live at the end of the setlist.
- "Actor Dan Shor talks with TV STORE ONLINE and his work on films like TRON, BILL and TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and WISE BLOOD". TV STORE ONLINE. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 224. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Billy Idol | Awards". AllMusic. 1955-11-30. Retrieved 2014-04-09.