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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 . It would become one of the group's most well-known songs, but had limited success in its initial release. Kiss Me Deadly
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 compilation), and the 4:50 extended version that appeared on Idol's 11 of the Best 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.
Background [ edit ]
The music video was directed by
Tobe Hooper ( and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ). The set was borrowed from an L.A.-based production of Poltergeist Ann Jellicoe's punk rock-themed play The Sport Of My Mad Mad Mother, produced by and starring Dan Shor. [1 ]
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones recorded the song with Idol. After recording the song, Jones had a seizure due to drug usage. Jones was rolled out of the studio on a stretcher.
Formats and track listings [ edit ]
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Generation X release [ edit ]
7": Chrysalis - CHS 2444 (UK) [ edit ]
"Dancing With Myself" (3:30)
"Ugly Rash" (4:30)
12": Chrysalis - CHS 12 2444 (UK) [ edit ]
"Dancing With Myself" (4:06)
"Loopy Dub" (5:08)
"Ugly Dub" (3:05)
Billy Idol release [ edit ]
7": Chrysalis - IDOL 1 (UK) [ edit ]
"Dancing With Myself" (3:19) [Labelled as "Billy Idol featuring Generation X"]
"Love Calling (Dub)" (5:33)
12": Chrysalis - IDOLX 1 (UK) [ edit ]
"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.
In other media [ edit ]
It is featured in the 1987 film
. Can't Buy Me Love It is featured in the 1999 film
. Pushing Tin It is featured in the 2006 film
. Flushed Away It is featured in a 2008 advertisement for the French health insurance company La Mutuelle Générale.
A cover version by
The Donnas is featured in the ending credits of the 2004 film . Mean Girls It is featured in the TV series
. Gossip Girl It is featured in 2009 music video game
. Guitar Hero 5 It is featured in the episode "Famous Last Words" of TV series
. Castle Artie from TV show
sings the Glee Nouvelle Vague version of the song in the ninth episode, "Wheels" of Season 1. In the episode of
Chuck "Chuck Versus the Beard" it is played as Chuck is sat in castle going through a Most Wanted deck of cards. It is closing song of an
episode (" Ugly Betty Plus None", episode 5 of Season 4).
Nouvelle Vague version was used as the theme song for the first season of . LA Ink It is heard in the background of the
episode "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day" (aired 5/6/10). King of the Hill An episode of
shows the duo critiquing the music video for "Dancing with Myself", comparing it to Beavis and Butt-head masturbation ("Playing with myself").
Punk rock band Green Day covered "Dancing with Myself" on their 2009–2010 world tour, usually followed after the song "Scattered". Rock/New Wave band
The Aquabats reference sections of the song's lyrics in their 2011 song " Radio Down!". It is used in the TV advertisement for the 2012
BMW 3 Series, where it serves as a backdrop to images of Olympic sportspersons and their "Winning Spirit". It is featured in the 2009 film The Men Who Stare At Goats.
It is used at the promo of the fourth season of
Cover versions [ edit ]
Generation X version [ edit ]
Billy Idol version [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "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.
External links [ edit ]