Funky Dory (song)

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"Funky Dory"
Single by Rachel Stevens
from the album Funky Dory
B-side "I Got the Money"
Released December 8, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop
Length 3:05
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
Martin Brammer
G. Clark
Producer(s) David Eriksen for Murlyn Music
Rachel Stevens singles chronology
"Sweet Dreams My LA Ex"
"Funky Dory"
"Some Girls"
"Sweet Dreams My LA Ex"
"Funky Dory"
"Some Girls"

"Funky Dory" is the second single from Funky Dory, the debut solo album by Rachel Stevens, released towards the end of 2003. It was produced by David Eriksen for Murlyn Music, and received a mixed reception from pop-music critics. The song is built around a sample of the David Bowie song "Andy Warhol".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Funky Dory" was directed by Katie Bell, and filmed at an Old Post Office Basement in north London. The video is moody and lowly lit, which gives it a much darker feel compared to her previous video for "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex".

The video features Stevens putting her make-up on and dancing around the halls of the old building. These scenes are inter-cut with scenes of Stevens in a dark room with a bright light doing a provocative dance on a chair with two backing dancers. Bell uses tricky lighting and mirrors to show different angles and aspects of Stevens throughout the video.

Track list and formats[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Funky Dory" [Single Mix] (Martin Brammer & G. Clark) – 3.05
  2. "I Got the Money" (Ben Chapman, Martin Harrington & Lucie Silvas) – 4.03
  3. "Funky Dory" [Vertigo Vocal Mix] (Martin Brammer & G. Clark) – 7.20
  4. "Funky Dory" [CD-Rom Video] – Video


Expectations were high for "Funky Dory" to match the same success as Stevens' first solo single "Sweet Dreams My LA EX", which peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. However, partly owing to a limited amount of promotion, continually strong airplay for "LA Ex" and a release in the pre–Christmas rush, the single sold only 8,000 copies in its first week in the UK, reaching #26 and fading away quickly thereafter. In total, the single spent four weeks on the UK charts and sold 20,000 copies.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 82
Ireland Singles Top 50 24
UK Singles Chart 26

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