I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

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"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor.jpg
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Released17 October 2005 (2005-10-17)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length2:54
LabelDomino
Songwriter(s)Alex Turner
Producer(s)Jim Abbiss
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
(2005)
"When the Sun Goes Down"
(2006)
Audio sample
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" is a song by English rock band Arctic Monkeys. The song was released through Domino Recording Company as the band's first single from their debut studio album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006). It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 23 October 2005, and remains one of the band's best-known songs.

Arctic Monkeys performed the track at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The song was ranked at number 7 on NME's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Music video[edit]

The video is a live recording of the band playing the song in a studio with a small audience watching with both the video and audio taken live. Alex Turner introduces the band and the song and asks viewers not to "believe the hype" of the song.[5] The video was shot using three Ikegami 3-tube colour television cameras from the 1980s[6] to give it a more aged effect. American band The Strokes had previously made a similar music video for their single "Last Nite"; Arctic Monkeys are known to be fans of The Strokes.

Awards[edit]

On 23 February 2006, the track won Best Track at the 2006 NME Awards—one of three awards won by Arctic Monkeys.[7]

One of the B-sides, "Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick", was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in the 2007 Grammy Awards.

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 11 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[8] They later said it was the 7th-greatest song of all time on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." [9]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Alex Turner; all music composed by Arctic Monkeys.

CD, 10"
No.TitleLength
1."I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"2:54
2."Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"2:59
3."Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick" (instrumental)4:40
7"
No.TitleLength
1."I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"2:54
2."Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"2:59

Covers and other references[edit]

The song was covered by Sugababes as a B-side to their single "Red Dress".

The Vines released a cover of the song as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their album "Future Primitive", released 3 June 2011.

The song was covered by the group Baby Charles and released as a single in 2009.[10]

On 1 July 2007, Tom Jones and Joe Perry of Aerosmith performed their own version of the song at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium.[citation needed]

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" at number 10 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[11]

In February 2008, Alan Wilder, the former member of Depeche Mode, criticised the mastering of the song in an open letter on the Side-Line Magazine website.[12] He described its sound as "a bombardment of the most unsubtle, one-dimensional noise."

The line "Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand" is a reference to Duran Duran's song "Rio". This is the first of two references to Duran Duran in the band's lyrics, the second one appearing in the song "Teddy Picker" from their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare.

The line "Dancing to electropop like a robot from 1984" may be a reference to the DJ dialogue by Patton Oswalt in the film Starsky and Hutch: "From the future of 1984, that's a funky disco robot." Some claim the lyric to be a reference to Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers, whose previous band was called 1984.

On 27 July 2012, the band played the song at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.[13]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom 17 October 2005
Europe 21 October 2005
United States 14 March 2006

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Colin Larkin (27 May 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Dolan, Jon (10 May 2018). "Review: Arctic Monkeys' 'Tranquility Base Hotel' Is a Space-Lounge Odyssey". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
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  6. ^ "Portfolio A few samples of work undertaken by Golden Age Television Recreations". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Arctic Monkeys make history at ShockWaves NME Awards". NME. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 2006-02-25.
  8. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  9. ^ NME.COM. "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time: 100-1 | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  10. ^ "Baby Charles". Discogs.
  11. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthem Ever revealed". NME.
  12. ^ "Recoil / Alan Wilder - 'Music For The Masses - I think not' - interview at SIDE-LINE". Side-line.com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  13. ^ Reilly, Jill (27 July 2012). "They look good on the dance floor: Arctic Monkeys set stadium alight, display spectacular fireworks". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
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  27. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 - 2005". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  28. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2006" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  30. ^ "British single certifications – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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