Don't Stand Another Chance

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"Don't Stand Another Chance"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Dream Street
B-side "Rock N Roll"
Released August 13, 1984
Format 7", 12"
Length 4:18
Label A&M
Writer(s) Marlon Jackson, John Barnes, Janet Jackson
Producer(s) Marlon Jackson
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Don't Mess Up This Good Thing"
(1983)
"Don't Stand Another Chance"
(1984)
"Two to the Power of Love"
(1984)

"Don't Stand Another Chance" is a song by American recording artist Janet Jackson, included on her second studio album, Dream Street (1984). It was written by Janet Jackson, her brother Marlon Jackson and musician John Barnes. Marlon also produced it, and provided backing vocals along with his brothers Michael, Tito, and Jackie. "Don't Stand Another Chance" was released as the lead single from Dream Street on August 13, 1984 by A&M Records.

"Don't Stand Another Chance" received generally positive reviews from critics. Although it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the song managed to reach number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. "Don't Stand Another Chance" became Jackson's second single to enter the top ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reaching number nine. In order to promote Dream Street and the single, Jackson performed the song on American Bandstand. She later included the song on her 2008 Rock Witchu Tour and her performance at the 2010 Essence Music Festival.

Background[edit]

Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of ten children. Jackson had initially desired to become a horse racing jockey or entertainment lawyer, with plans to support herself through acting. Despite this, she was anticipated to pursue a career in entertainment, and considered the idea after recording herself in the studio. At age seven, Jackson performed at the Las Vegas Strip at the MGM Casino and began acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976. The year after, she was selected to have a starring role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good Times. She later starred in A New Kind of Family before joining the cast of Diff'rent Strokes, portraying Charlene Duprey for two years.[1] Jackson also played the recurring role of Cleo Hewitt during the fourth season of Fame, but expressed indifference towards the series.[2][3] When Jackson was sixteen, she was arranged a contract with A&M Records and released her self-titled debut album in 1982.[1] She stated, "On my first album the songs were sort of teenage like. I wanted to make a change for my second album. The first album indroduces you. The second one sets your image. I couldn't stay like that. People would still look at me as a little girl and I'd never grow".[4] "Don't Stand Another Chance" was written by Jackson, her brother Marlon Jackson and musician John Barnes. Marlon Jackson also produced the single and provided backing vocals along with his brothers Michael, Tito, and Jackie.[5] Although it was slated for a mid-July release, "Don't Stand Another Chance" was released on August 13, 1984.[4]

Reception[edit]

"Don't Stand Another Chance" received generally positive reviews from critics. Ed Hogan from AllMusic did not provide a review of the album version of "Don't Stand Another Chance", but commented that "the extended 12" mix rocks, showcasing outstanding synth work by John Barnes".[6] A writer for Broadcast Engineering magazine stated "Though Janet Jackson does not have an outstanding voice, she handles herself with real sophistication on Dream Street", in songs like "Don't Stand Another Chance".[7] Phil Hardy wrote in the book The Da Capo Companion to 20th-century Popular Music that "Don't Stand Another Chance" was not "much better than dance club ready-songs".[8]

Although "Don't Stand Another Chance" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it managed to reach number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.[9] The song also became Jackson's second single to enter the top ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reaching number nine, and additionally it reached number 23 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.[10]

Live performances[edit]

In order to promote Dream Street and the single, Jackson performed the song on American Bandstand along with "Dream Street". According to Jason Lipshutz from Billboard, the Jackson's appearance was among the ten classic moments with TV host Dick Clark on the show.[11] Several years later, Jackson included "Don't Stand Another Chance" on her 2008 Rock Witchu Tour in the "Pre-Control Medley" section of the show.[12] The song was later added to her performance at the 2010 Essence Music Festival, which she headlined.[13]

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version - 4:16
  • Special Remixed Version° - 6:52
  • Dub Version° - 6:52


Exclusive Seven Inch b-side > "Rock 'N' Roll"° - 4:10
"Rock 'N' Roll" is a exclusive song and never release on any Janet's album.

°Unavailable on CD

Track listings[edit]

Dutch 7" single[14]

A. "Don't Stand Another Chance" - 4:18
B. "Rock 'N' Roll" - 4:10

US 12" single[15]

A1. "Don't Stand Another Chance (Specially Remixed Version)" - 6:52
B1. "Don't Stand Another Chance (Dub Version)" - 6:52

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Dream Street album liner notes.[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[9] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 9
US Hot Dance Club Play[10] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cornwell, Jane (2002), Janet Jackson, Carlton Books, pp. 2, 10, 24, ISBN 1-84222-464-6 
  2. ^ Fox, Norman, Indian Summer, tv.com, retrieved September 3, 2008 
  3. ^ Saunders, Michael (October 3, 1996), "The 3 Divas Janet Jackson turns her focus inward", The Boston Globe (Affiliated Publications): 13 
  4. ^ a b Collier, Aldore (July 23, 1984). "Janet Jackson: New look, new TV show". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company): 62. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8. 
  6. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Janet Jackson - Dream Street". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Audio", Broadcast Engineering (Penton Media), 1985: 128 
  8. ^ Hardy, Phil (1995), The Da Capo Companion to 20th-century Popular Music, Da Capo Press, p. 460, ISBN 978-0-306-80640-7 
  9. ^ a b "Bubbling Under The Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 61. October 6, 1984. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Hogan, Ed. "Janet Jackson - Dream Street - Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (April 18, 2012). "Watch 10 Classic Dick Clark Moments on 'American Bandstand'". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ Sheppard, Denise (September 11, 2008). "Janet Jackson Opens 2008 Rock Witchu Tour in Vancouver". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Rawls, Alex (July 6, 2010). "Janet Jackson Performs for the First Time in a Year". Spin (Buzz Media). Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ Don't Stand Another Chance (Dutch 7-inch single liner notes). Janet Jackson. A&M Records. AMS 9782. 
  15. ^ Don't Stand Another Chance (US 12-inch single liner notes). Janet Jackson. A&M Records. SP-12105. 
  16. ^ Dream Street (CD liner notes). Janet Jackson. A&M Records. CD 4962.