Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)
Well known recorded versions
The most popular version of the song, recorded by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, was made on November 27 (some sources give November 28), 1949. The recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24825. The record first reached the Billboard charts on January 13, 1950 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10.
In 1963 Prince Buster recorded a Ska version which was released by Blue Beat records as a B-Side.
Other recorded versions
- Bing Crosby
- Barry Martyn
- Donald Peers (with The Cherokeys)
- Louis Prima & Keely Smith
- Todd Snider on East Nashville Skyline in 2004
- Maxine Sullivan
- Wingless Angels
- Eric Allendale
- The Busters
- The Specials
- Manu Chao
- Kermit Ruffins and the Rebirth Brass Band on Throwback (2005)
- Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
- Rising Sun Steel Band
- Jolie Holland
- Dancing Mood
- Paul Sanchez
- Australian jazz/folk group Flap! on their second album "A Great Day for the Race" (2012)
In popular culture
- The 2003 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster is used by Simon Mayo as the opening theme to his Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2. The show also occasionally uses the Guy Lombardo recording as an opening theme to the second hour.
- The recording by Rising Sun Steel Band featured in the film Surf's Up.
- The song is the theme tune to both the radio and television versions of the BBC program, I've Never Seen Star Wars. The basic format of the show, which is presented by Marcus Brigstocke, features a different celebrity guest each week, trying out new experiences.
- A Cantonese version of the refrain was used as the opening theme to Enjoy Yourself Tonight, a popular, long-running variety show in Hong Kong.
- The Anne Dudek cover of the song is featured briefly in Season 5, Episode 23 of the television series House, "Under My Skin", while the Louis Prima version is featured at the end of the series finale episode, "Everybody Dies".
- In the opening song on Wowee Zowee, "We Dance", by Pavement (band), one of the lyrics is "... check that expiration date man, It's later than you think. You can't enjoy yourself, I can't enjoy myself ...".
- A rendition of the song was used to close the first two series' of The Brian Conley Show, whilst an instrumental version was used for the third.
- The song is repeatedly referenced by the end of the first episode of the British series Party Animals.
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.