Private Idaho

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"Private Idaho"
Private Idaho single.jpg
Single by The B-52's
from the album Wild Planet
B-side "Party Out of Bounds"
Released 1980
Format 7"
Genre Dance-rock[1]
Length 3:35
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Ricky Wilson, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson
Producer(s) Rhett Davies, The B-52's, Chris Blackwell
The B-52's singles chronology
"Dance This Mess Around"
"Private Idaho"
"Party out of Bounds"
"Dance This Mess Around"
"Private Idaho"
"Party out of Bounds"

"Private Idaho" is a single released by The B-52's from their album Wild Planet.

The single was their second Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, at #74. The single also peaked at #5 on the US Hot Dance Club Play, along with previous single "Give Me Back My Man" and "Party out of Bounds", both from Wild Planet.[2]

"Private Idaho" reached number 11 in Australia. It was the 83rd biggest Australian hit of 1980.[3]

Gus Van Sant used the song title for his movie My Own Private Idaho which he heard while visiting the state in the early 1980s.[4]

The song was featured in the Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer.

The song was also the rink entrance/warmup song for the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads through the 2005-2006 hockey season.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 74
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 5


  1. ^ "Hits of the Week > Sleepers" (PDF). Record World. August 30, 1980. p. 1. ISSN 0034-1622. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Dempsey Music USA: The Rough Guide 1999 p134 "As a harbinger of the whole punk/new wave aesthetic, the B-52's turned this to their advantage by stressing cheesy ... even as tunes like "Private Idaho" helped make new wave safe for mainstream listeners who wanted to put on dark glasses "
  3. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1980". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Greenberg, Harvey (Fall 1992). "My Own Private Idaho". Film Quarterly. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.