Rhythm Is a Dancer

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"Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Single by Snap!
from the album The Madman's Return
B-side Remix
Released April 19, 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" vinyl
Recorded 1991
Genre
Length 5:32
Writer(s) Benito Benitez, John "Virgo" Garrett III, Thea Austin
Producer(s) Benito Benitez
John "Virgo" Garrett III
Certification Gold (US, France)
Platinum (UK)
Snap! singles chronology
"Colour of Love"
(1991)
"Rhythm Is a Dancer"
(1992)
"Exterminate"
(1993)
2008 cover
2008 version

"Rhythm Is a Dancer" is a song recorded by German eurodance group Snap!. It was released in April 1992 and achieved huge success in many countries around the world, topping the charts in France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. It also reached the top 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles.[1] The single spent six weeks at the top in the UK where it was the second biggest selling single of 1992, surpassed only by Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You".[2][3]

The song was the second single from the album The Madman's Return. It was written by Benito Benitez, John "Virgo" Garrett III (aliases for German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti), singer Thea Austin, and rapper Turbo B and produced by Snap!.

Lyrics and music[edit]

The track features lead vocals by Thea Austin and a rap by Turbo B.

According to Miz hit. tubes, a book which analyses the French pop charts, "This discotheque song alternates female singing in the chorus with fluid, set back male raps in the verses. These are tinted with a resonant sonority, which gives them an astonishingly melancholic softness, for a Dance hit. That gives the whole track a particular colour, almost nostalgia."[4]

It also contains what one critic called the worst lyric of all time, with its line "I'm as serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer".[5] The original album version of the song did not contain the line, which is found on the more widely known 7" single of the song that was later added to the album. Although Snap! were criticized for the lyrics, the line has been used in hip hop music since the late '80s.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Rhythm Is a Dancer" was directed by Howard Greenhalgh and shows singer Thea Austin and a backup band at a rocket garden filled with smoke. Austin and her group perform the song on elevated platforms while a group of dancers dance on a closed ground platform below them. Interspersed throughout these scenes are animated shots of flickering astronomy/aviation maps and animated figures dancing.

Chart performances[edit]

"Rhythm Is a Dancer" was the second single by Snap! to reach No. 1 in the United Kingdom, the song remained six weeks at the top position in 1992, from 2 August to 13 September.[6] It is their biggest hit single to date, with 492,175 sales during the original British chart run. A massive hit across the world, it also topped the chart in Germany for ten weeks, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S in early 1993. In France, "Rhythm Is a Dancer" debuted at No. 5 on 8 August 1992, before climbing to No. 1 four weeks later (where it stayed for six weeks). The track thus became the first dance single to hit the number one position on the French Singles Chart.

Snap! themselves re-recorded their own song in 1996 and 2003, the latter with CJ Stone (as "Rhythm is a Dancer 2003"). It reached number 17 on the official UK Top 40 in May 2003.

On 25 May 2008, "Rhythm Is a Dancer" re-entered the official UK Top 40 at number 36, climbing as high as number 23 two weeks later. BBC Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates theorized it was based on download performance, due to its inclusion in a television advertisement for Drench water.

On 31 March 2012, "Rhythm is a Dancer" was chosen "Best Song of the Nineties" in the Nineties Top 99 on the Belgian Radio MNM for the 4th year in a row.

Cover versions[edit]

"Rhythm Is a Dancer" has been covered by numerous artists including German singer Key Biscayne (aka Lian Ross) in 1992, Italian radio host Leone di Lernia who recorded a parody of the song in Italian,[7] Max Deejay who recorded an instrumental cover in 1997, System Drivers in 2002, The Superb, a Brazilian rock & roll act produced by Chilean DJ Sokio[8] in 2005, Israeli-Italian acoustic music artist Sagi Rei for his 2005 album Emotional Songs, Chic Flowerz feat. Muriel Folwer in 2006, Berk and the Virtual Band for the 2007 album Jazz Chill, Vol. 2, Hermes House Band on the 2009 album Rhythm of the Nineties, Rod Jones on A Sentimental Education released in 2010, and DJ/producer Kylian Mash under the name "Madinshina - Rhythm is a Dancer 2010". Furthermore, it has been used for the basis of the 2010 track "You and Me" by Danish group Electric Lady Lab and was sampled on reggaeton artist Nicky Jam's song "Descontrol". On 28 November 2010 Romanian dance singer Inna covered the song live.

In 2012, British band Bastille recorded "Of the Night", a medley of the songs "Rhythm Is a Dancer" and "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona. It appeared on the band's mixtape, Other People's Heartache, and was released as a single in October 2013. In 2013, HouseTwins along with Courtney Parker and Riskykidd.[9] The song was performed at the 2013 MAD Video Music Awards by the three artists along with Tamta.

The 2014 song "Don't Tell 'Em" by Jeremih featuring YG incorporates lyrics from "Rhythm Is a Dancer".[10]

In 2014, three friends from Greece (alex,vagos,tasos) recorded a heavy metal cover version of the song "Rhythm Is a Dancer". You can listen the song at soundcloud: RIAD the Metal cover soundcloud.com/deepflaw/riad-final-working-mix website

Appearances in other media[edit]

As sign of popularity, the song was often used in films or series, including the soundtrack for 1992 Brazilian soap opera De Corpo e Alma, in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 during its third season in 1993, in a scene of the 2010 comedy movie Cop Out. The song was also featured in TV adverts, including in the 1995 ad for the Ford Escort on German television, and in 2008, in a TV commercial in the UK for "Drench" spring water, which used an edited version of the original "Rhythm Is a Dancer", bringing the song back into the UK singles chart on 9 June 2008, at number 23. The song was used in 1995 on a UK AWP gaming machine Bullseye, by Project Coin, as a sample (on cash gamble), and was referenced in the song "The 80s" from Robbie Williams' Rudebox album, despite the Snap! song being released in the 1990s.

Track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (7" Edit) / (Rhythm Is a Dancer '92) - 3:41
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (12" Mix) - 5:12
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (Instrumental Rhythm) - 5:30
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (Purple Hazed 7" Edit) - 4:31
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (Purple Hazed Mix) - 6:49
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (Rhyth Kid Version) - 5:38
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (Tee's Choice Mix) - 6:19
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" (Radio Edit)
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" ("Check This Out" Remix) - 7:06
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" (CJ Stone Radio Mix) / (CJ Stone Remix) - 3:49
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" (CJ Stone Club Mix) / (CJ Stone Remix) - 7:45
  • "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" (Video Version) - 3:20

Charts and sales[edit]

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Preceded by
"Ain't No Doubt" by Jimmy Nail
UK number one single
8 August 1992
(six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen