Hit That Perfect Beat

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"Hit That Perfect Beat"
Single by Bronski Beat
from the album Truthdare Doubledare
Released 1985
Format 7", 12"
Genre Synthpop, Hi-NRG
Length 3:38
Label London Records
Writer(s) Steve Bronski, John Foster, Larry Steinbachek
Producer(s) Adam Williams
Bronski Beat singles chronology
"I Feel Love"
"Hit That Perfect Beat"
"C'mon, C'mon"

"Hit That Perfect Beat" is a single from the British synthpop trio Bronski Beat and appeared on their 1986 album Truthdare Doubledare. It became a popular dance hit and reached number three in the UK charts in November 1985 and reached the top ten in many European countries and across the world.

The video for the song featured frontman and vocalist John Foster alongside the other two band members playing at a Liverpool club called "The State" as well as scenes from in and around Stanley Dock. The song also featured in the 1985 British film Letter to Brezhnev, and can also be heard in the background in the Only Fools And Horses 1985 Christmas special To Hull and Back, in Sid's Cafe. The number was used as the theme song opening and closing the popular South African television exercise programme, BODY BEAT, directed by Wally Green and presented from 1989 until 1998 by exercise fundi, Dr Phil Joffe. Viewed at 06.10 5 days a week by one and a half million viewers, the show entertained and educated exercisers by filming in venues throughout South Africa, visiting Namibia and Zimbabwe for further shoots.

The song's refrain is also quoted in the Die Antwoord song Beat Boy and video, Zef Side.

The song also appears at the end of A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica, where Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett dance hilariously to the song's chorus during the film's credits as bassist Jason Newsted walks by bobbing his head.

Track listings and formats[edit]

12" Vinyl US release - MCA Records MCA-23605
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That Perfect Beat" (Remix) 8:26
2. "Hit That Perfect Beat" (Original Mix) 6:25
3. "Hit That Perfect Beat" (Dub) 7:10


Chart (1985/86) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 3
Irish Singles Chart 5
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 3
Dutch Top40[3] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 20


  1. ^ "Hit That Perfect Beat", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 23 September 2011)
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Bronski Beat - Hit That Perfect Beat", Dutch Top40 [1]
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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