Dare Me (song)

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"Dare Me"
Daremepointersisters.jpeg
Single by The Pointer Sisters
from the album Contact
B-side"I'll Be There"
ReleasedJune 1985
Format7" single; 12" single
Recorded1984
GenreSynthpop[1]
Length3:41
LabelRCA records
Songwriter(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 issued by RCA Records.

The Pointer Sisters version[edit]

Background[edit]

"Dare Me" was written by Nashville-based songwriters Sam Lorber and Dave Innis in 1984. Innis, who shortly afterwards became a founding member of Restless Heart, was then a staff writer for Warner Bros. music publishing division, and recalls that "Dare Me" was written with the Pointer Sisters in mind, adding: "typically [staff writers] look at who's [recording] now and what kind of material are they looking for, and we would tailor a song for a particular artist and pitch it"..."Sam Lorber and I...did try to put ourselves in the place of what a gal might be thinking...not specifically trying to be a Pointer Sister, but a song written from a female perspective, for sure. There are certain things that are more gender specific and gender appropriate...certain things that a woman can say that a guy's not going to be able to get away with saying."[2]

Featuring a lead vocal by June Pointer, "Dare Me" was issued as the lead single from the Pointer Sisters' platinum-selling album Contact: peaking at number 11 on the Hot 100 in Billboard magazine, "Dare Me" did afford the Pointer Sisters a final Top Ten hit on the magazine's R&B chart peaking at number 6[3] and also became the only Pointer Sisters' track to reach number 1 on Billboard's Dance Club chart.[4] "Dare Me" afforded the Pointer Sisters their final Top 40 hit in the British Isles with peaks of number 7 in Ireland and number 17 in the UK: other international chart peaks for "Dare Me" were number 10 in Australia, number 22 in Austria, number 20 in Belgium (the Flemish chart), number 26 in Finland, number 45 in the Netherlands, number 27 in New Zealand, and number 11 in Sweden.

Personnel[edit]

Video[edit]

"Dare Me" was promoted with a video shot at the Main Street Gym (LA) where scenes for the iconic martial arts film Raging Bull had been filmed: the video introduced the Pointer Sisters in male drag scouting potential boxing talent, then showed the group's members in the boxing ring sparring with Mark Breland. Michael Chapman, the cinematographer for Raging Bull, directed the "Dare Me" video in collaboration with the track's producer Richard Perry: the video also featured Steven Bauer.[5]

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 the Internet.[6]

Junior Jack version[edit]

"Stupidisco"
Single by Junior Jack
ReleasedJune 14, 2004
FormatCD Single
Recorded2003
GenreHouse
Songwriter(s)Sam Lorber, Dave Innis

"Stupidisco" is a 2004 single by Italian-Belgian house producer Junior Jack. It topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and peaked at number 25 in the Netherlands, number 26 in the United Kingdom, and number 46 in Australia. In 2006, the song was re-released as "Dare Me (Stupidisco)", featuring vocals from Shena. This version reached number 14 in Finland and number 20 in the United Kingdom. Both versions topped the UK Dance Chart.

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] The music video also features a cameo from British DJ Aphex Twin as the referee.

Charts[edit]

Samples and other covers[edit]

Dave Armstrong's song "Make Your Move", samples this track and is similar to Junior Jack's version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact - The Pointer Sisters - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Interview with Dave Innis of Restless Heart". SongFacts.com. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 465.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 205.
  5. ^ Billboard vol 97 #38 (21 September 1985) p. 38
  6. ^ Pappademas, Alex (June 17, 2014). "A Goddamn Death Dedication: Casey Kasem, 1932-2014". Grantland.com. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ijaz's credibility hits new low as issue fizzles out". Daily Times. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Junior Jack – Stupidisco". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Junior Jack – Stupidisco" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Junior Jack – Stupidisco" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 1 July 2004". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 29, 2004" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Junior Jack – Stupidisco" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Junior Jack Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Club Chart 2004". ARIA. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2004" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Junior Jack feat. Shena: Dare Me (Stupidisco)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 1 March 2007". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  26. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2018.