Murder on the Dancefloor

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"Murder on the Dancefloor"
Single by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
from the album Read My Lips
B-side "Never Let Me Down"
Released 3 December 2001
Format CD single, 12-inch single
Recorded 2001
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:52 (album version)
3:38 (radio edit)
Label Universal
Writer(s) Gregg Alexander, Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Producer(s) Gregg Alexander, Matt Rowe
Certification Platinum (ARIA), Silver (BPI)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor singles chronology
"Take Me Home"
(2001)
"'Murder on the Dancefloor'"
(2001)
"Get Over You / Move This Mountain"
(2002)

"Murder on the Dancefloor" is a song written by Gregg Alexander and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, produced by Alexander and Matt Rowe for Ellis-Bextor's first album Read My Lips. After the release of "Take Me Home" in August 2001, Ellis-Bextor released her best-selling single to date in December 2001.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,[1] stayed on the charts for twenty-three weeks, and became the most played song of 2002 in all of Europe.

Background and release[edit]

The follow-up single to "Take Me Home (A Girl Like Me)" was originally planned to be "Lover", an album track from Read My Lips, as read in first edition album stickers and announced by the label, but for unknown reasons the release was canceled and replaced by "Murder on the Dancefloor" that turned out to be Sophie's biggest hit.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The song is deemed to be among Ellis-Bextor's fan favourite songs.[citation needed]

Charts and certifications[edit]

The song is Ellis-Bextor's greatest hit so far internationally. It was also a hit in Australia peaking at number three,[2] staying in the top fifty for twenty weeks,[2] being accredited platinum by ARIA[3] and becoming the eleventh-highest selling single for 2002.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video centres around a dance competition. The winner's prize consists of a pair of golden high-heel shoes and a substantial amount of money. Desperate to win, Ellis-Bextor proceeds to sneakily injure and disqualify the majority of the other dancers. She causes one to slip on butter, before tripping-up another, who sees her do it and angrily points at her to no avail. Next she slyly poisons a trio of potential rivals by spiking the punch during a refreshment period and then unstraps a female contestant's clothes causing her to run off. She finally frames a male dancer of cheating on his partner, by planting a G-String on his person, this results in his partner slapping him and exiting the dance floor.

Ellis-Bextor then turns her attention to the trio of judges. By using what seems to be chloroform, she incapacitates the only female judge on the panel. Once the competition is down to the final four couples, Ellis-Bextor notices that the lead judge (played by Colin Stinton) has a weak spot for beautiful women. Using this to her advantage, Ellis- Bextor approaches him when he is alone at the judging table and seduces him. Lovestruck, the lead judge succeeds in persuading the remaining judge to have Ellis-Bextor declared the winner, much to her fellow dancers' disapproval.

The video concludes with the other dancers grudgingly applauding (before promptly deserting) Ellis-Bextor and her dance partner, as she happily clutches her cash prize and the golden shoes on the winner's podium.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Murder on the Dancefloor" – 3:53
  2. "Never Let Me Down" – 3:46
  3. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Parky & Birchy Remix) – 7:24
  4. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (video) – 3:50
Cassette single
  1. "Murder on the Dancefloor" – 3:37
  2. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Jewels & Stone Mix Edit) – 4:52
German CD single
  1. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (radio edit) – 3:37
  2. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (extended album version) – 5:32
  3. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Jewels & Stone Mix Edit) – 4:50
  4. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (G-Club Vocal Mix Edit) – 5:10
  5. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Phunk Investigation Vocal Edit) – 5:07
  6. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Parky & Birchy Remix) – 7:22
  7. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Twin Murder Club Mix) – 7:11
France CD single
  1. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (album version) – 3:57
  2. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (French & Fresh Club Remix By RLS & Jeepee) – 6:20
  3. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Phunk Investigation Vocal Edit) – 5:09
  4. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Energized Mix By Guéna LG) – 5:32
  5. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (G-Club Vocal Mix Edit) – 5:11
Brazil CD maxi-single
  1. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (album version) – 3:50
  2. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (extended album version) – 5:30
  3. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (G-Club Vocal Mix Edit) – 5:08
  4. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (G-Club Vocal Mix) – 8:05
  5. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (G-Club Dub Mix) – 6:36
  6. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Jewels & Stone Mix Edit) – 4:51
  7. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Jewels & Stone Remix) – 5:39
  8. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Phunk Investigation Vocal Edit) – 5:07
  9. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Phunk Investigation Vocal Mix) – 8:30
  10. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Parky & Birchy Remix) – 7:23
  11. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Twin Murder Club Mix) - 7:07
  12. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Danny D Remix) – 7:56

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[26] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[27] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[28] Gold 250,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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References[edit]

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