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
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 which he heard while visiting the state in the early 1980s.[3]

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 [2] 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 "
  2. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1988". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Harvey (Fall 1992). "My Own Private Idaho". Film Quarterly.