I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

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"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Released 17 October 2005 (2005-10-17)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 2:54
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer(s) Jim Abbiss
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys"
(2005)
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
(2005)
"When the Sun Goes Down"
(2006)
Music sample

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" is a song by English rock band Arctic Monkeys. The song was released through Domino Records 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. The video was shot using three Ikegami 3-tube colour television cameras from the 1980s[4] 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.[5]

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".[6] They later said it was the 7th-greatest song of all time on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." [7]

Track listing[edit]

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

CD, 10"
No. Title Length
1. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"   2:54
2. "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"   2:59
3. "Chun-Li's Flying Bird Kick" (instrumental) 4:40
7"
No. Title Length
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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coolest Garage Songs". Billboard. United States: Lynne Segall. 22 April 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Cassie, Perri (27 November 2013). "Top 10 essential Arctic Monkeys". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Colin Larkin (27 May 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ "Portfolio A few samples of work undertaken by Golden Age Television Recreations". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Arctic Monkeys make history at ShockWaves NME Awards". NME. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 2006-02-25. 
  6. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  7. ^ NME.COM. "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time: 100-1 | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/694913-Baby-Charles
  9. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthem Ever revealed". NME. 
  10. ^ "Recoil / Alan Wilder - 'Music For The Masses - I think not' - interview at SIDE-LINE". Side-line.com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". Tracklisten. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2005-10-23". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2005-10-23" UK Indie Chart. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Arctic Monkeys: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  22. ^ "Arctic Monkeys – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Arctic Monkeys. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Arctic Monkeys – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Arctic Monkeys. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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