Private Idaho

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For the movie, see My Own Private Idaho.
"Private Idaho"
Single by The B-52's
from the album Wild Planet
B-side "Party Out of Bounds"
Released October 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 3:35
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(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"

"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.[1]

"Private Idaho" reached number 11 in Australia. It was the 83rd biggest Australian hit of 1980.[2]

Gus Van Sant used the song title for his movie My Own Private Idaho.

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
Australian ARIA Singles Chart [3] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 74
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 5


  1. ^ 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 "
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