Dirty Vegas

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Dirty Vegas
OriginLondon, England
Years active
  • 2001–2005
  • 2008–present
Past members
  • Ben Harris

Dirty Vegas are an English house music group initially made up of Ben Harris and Paul Harris (no relation) on instruments and production and Steve Smith on vocals. The group formed in 2001, then broke up in 2005 before reforming in December 2008 to record new material.

They are best known for their international hit single "Days Go By", which gained mainstream popularity in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse television commercial, and for remixing songs created by other artists.[1]


Early success[edit]

Dirty Vegas' debut release was the single "Days Go By." It originally made the top 30 in 2001, but when re-issued in 2002 reached the United Kingdom top 20. They released their self-titled album in June 2002 and released a second album entitled One in 2004.

The song "Days Go By" from their eponymous album gained wide exposure in the U.S. as the background music for a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse television commercial. The song went on to win the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. They have remixed songs for artists such as Justin Timberlake and Madonna.

Present day[edit]

The group played their last concert together in May 2005. After the band's breakup, Smith released his first solo album This Town on 18 February 2008, on his own G.A.S. Records label. During their hiatus from the public, they began working on the film score for Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down.

After four years, Paul Harris and Steve Smith decided to reform and returned with their third studio album Electric Love in April 2011.[2] In April 2013, the band released the EP 'Let the Night, which reached No.4 in US iTunes Dance Album chart and gained Gold status in Italy. Their fourth and latest studio album, entitled Photograph, was released via iTunes in September 2015. "Days Go By" was featured on the video game Grand Theft Auto V, for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Pop culture[edit]

The band has also appeared on a variety of television shows such as FOX television's drama Standoff, where "Late Nights and Street Fights" was used as the show's theme song, FOX's The O.C. where "Closer" appeared in episode 32 entitled “The SnO.C.”, and One Tree Hill where the single "Walk Into The Sun" appeared in episode 214. Dave Chappelle has parodied the Mitsubishi Eclipse television commercial.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions

Dirty Vegas
  • Release date: 4 June 2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD
40 7 1
  • Release date: 18 October 2004
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Format: CD
Electric Love
  • Release date: 26 April 2011
  • Label: Om
  • Formats: download, CD
  • Release date: 11 September 2015
  • Label: D-Vision
  • Format: Download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Remix albums[edit]

  • A Night at the Tables by Dirty Vegas Sound System (2003)
  • The Trip (2003)
  • Stealth Live! (2009)

Extended plays[edit]

  • The Story So Far (2009)
  • Electric Love Acoustic EP (2012)
  • Let the Night (2014)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2001 "Days Go By" 6 28 27 97 16 14 1 Dirty Vegas
2002 "I Should Know" 31
"Ghosts" 31
2003 "Simple Things"
2004 "Walk Into the Sun" 54 1 One
2008 "Pressure" The Story So Far
2009 "Changes"
2011 "Electric Love" 27 Electric Love
"Changes" 19
"Little White Doves" 38
2012 "Emma"
2015 "Let the Night" Photograph
"Setting Sun"
"Save a Prayer"
2020 "Happening"[8] Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Musical scores[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Dirty Vegas Biography" - IMO Records". Imorecords.co.uk. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. ^ Billboard - Apr 2-9, 2011 - Page 30 " “Electric Love" mashes up the U.K. rave era during which Dirty Vegas came of age—defined by rock-oriented ..."
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 157. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Dirty Vegas - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  6. ^ New Zealand peaks
  7. ^ Swiss peak Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Evans, Steph (20 April 2020). "Dirty Vegas returns with 'Happening'". Earmilk. Archived from the original on 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  9. ^ The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2006) - IMDb
  10. ^ "Goal: Goal: Music". Retrieved 26 June 2012.

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