Dare Me

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"Dare Me"
Single by The Pointer Sisters
from the album Contact
Released 1985
Format 7" single; 12" single
Recorded 1984
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 3:41
Label RCA
Writer(s) Sam Lorber, Dave Innis
Producer(s) Richard Perry
The Pointer Sisters singles chronology
"Baby Come and Get It"
(1985)
"Dare Me"
(1985)
"Freedom"
(1985)

"Dare Me" is a 1985 song originally recorded by The Pointer Sisters on the RCA label.

The Pointer Sisters version[edit]

The song was the first release from the Pointers' platinum-selling Contact and became a worldwide hit. In the US, it narrowly missed the top ten of the U.S. charts, peaking at number eleven, number six on the soul singles chart [2] and was number one, for one week, on the dance chart.[3] Overseas, "Dare Me" was also a top twenty of the U.K. singles chart, peaking at number seventeen, and the top ten in several other countries.

The song was led by youngest sister June and was the group's only number one hit on the U.S. dance singles chart.

It was written by songwriters Sam Lorber ("No One Else on Earth" for Wynonna) and Dave Innis (keyboardist of the group Restless Heart) in Nashville in 1984.

The Casey Kasem incident[edit]

In September 1985, while the Pointer Sisters' version was on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, American Top 40 host Casey Kasem became irritated when the show's producers placed a long distance dedication spot about a listener's dog dying immediately after "Dare Me," which was an uptempo dance song. The song in the dedication was Henry Gross' "Shannon". Kasem expressed his dissatisfaction with a profanity-laced tirade which never made the air, but has become a staple on Internet sites.[4]

Junior Jack Version[edit]

"Dare Me (Stupidisco)"
Single by Junior Jack
Released 2004
Format CD Single
Recorded 2003
Genre House

Stupidisco is a 2004 single by Italian house producer, Junior Jack. It peaked at #26 (in 2004) and #20 (in 2006 when re-released) on the UK Singles Chart and #46 on the ARIA (Australian Singles) chart in 2004. Vocals were by Shena.[5][6]

Music video[edit]

There is a censored version, and an uncensored version of the music video. The video itself features two female wrestlers. In both versions, towards the end, both women make sexual motions. In the uncensored version, they pull off each other's bikinis while wrestling. They fondle each other, and dance naked until the song ends.

The video also features two Pakistani American announcers, one of them is the businessman Mansoor Ijaz. He had a cameo role in the music video as an announcer. His participation in the music video was used to undermine Ijaz during the memogate controversy in Pakistan.[7]


Samples and other covers[edit]

Dave Armstrong's song "Make Your Move", samples this track.

The song was covered by The Chipettes in "Quarterback in Curlers," an episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/contact-mw0000191317
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 465. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 205. 
  4. ^ Pappademas, Alex (June 17, 2014). "A Goddamn Death Dedication: Casey Kasem, 1932-2014". Grantland.com. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-end-of-year-charts-club-chart-2004.htm
  6. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=32991
  7. ^ "Ijaz’s credibility hits new low as issue fizzles out". Daily Times. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
Preceded by
"Eight Arms to Hold You" by Goon Squad
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 21, 1985
Succeeded by
"Be Near Me" by ABC