Dark: Music of quality and distinction 3

Album by British Electric Foundation, released on 27 May 2013. Like two previous albums, it features covers of songs performed by various artists with music from B.E.F., a ‘side project’ of Martyn Ware from Heaven 17. The album contains one track by Kim Wilde, entitled Every Time I See You I Go Wild. It was released as a 16 track single CD and a limited edition 2 CD album (the second disc features instrumental versions of the tracks on CD 1).


Dancing in the Street

Song written by Mickey Stevenson, Marvin Gaye and Ivy Jo Hunter.
The track was originally released by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas in 1969. It was later covered by Mick Jagger & David Bowie. They recorded the track (and the accompanying videoclip) especially for the Live Aid event in 1985.
Kim performed this song live with the Jools Holland band featuring Midge Ure at the Rock-a-Baby concert.


Lyrics

Callin’ out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer’s here and the time is right
For dancin’ in the streets
They’re dancin’ in Chicago
Down in New Orleans
Up in New York City

All we need is music, sweet music
There’ll be music everywhere
There’ll be swingin’, swayin’ and records playin’
And dancin’ in the streets

Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grab a girl
Everywhere around the world
There’ll be dancin’
They’re dancin’ in the street

This is an invitation
Across the nation
A chance for the folks to meet
There’ll be laughin’ and singin’ and music swingin’
And dancin’ in the streets

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don’t forget the Motor City (can’t forget the Motor City)

All we need is music, sweet music
There’ll be music everywhere
There’ll be swingin’, swayin’ and records playin’
And dancin’ in the street, yeah

Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grasp a girl
Everywhere around the world
There’ll be dancin’
They’re dancin’ in the streets

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don’t forget the Motor City (can’t forget the Motor City)
All the way down in L.A. California
Not to mention Halifax Nova Scotia
Manchester
Alexandria, Virginia, Virginia

Dancing in the Dark

Song written by Nicky Chinn and Paul Gurvitz. Sixth track of the album Catch as Catch Can.
Released as the second single off that album, this was the second track Kim recorded which was not written by Ricky & Marty Wilde or any member of the Wilde family (the first one being Bitter is Better). This particular track did not help in re-establishing Kim’s career.

Versions

There are six versions of ‘Dancing in the Dark’:

  • album version
  • extended remix by Nile Rodgers
  • an instrumental version, released on the B-side of the 12″ single of ‘Dancing in the dark’ in 1983
  • a full instrumental version, released by Cherry Pop in 2020
  • RAK mix, released by Cherry Pop in 2020
  • Rough mix, released by Cherry Pop in 2020

Formats

‘Dancing in the dark’ was released on 7″ and 12″. The 12″ format contains the extended and instrumental versions.
See also this page in the discography.

Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Tim Pope.
See this page for more information.

Live performances

‘Dancing in the dark’ was performed live during the Catch tour in 1983 only.

Cover versions

Another version of this song was released in the same year by Tony Sherman. Other cover versions were recorded by Patty Brard, Stacey Q and Lynn Sweet.

Kim about ‘Dancing in the dark’

After ‘Dancing In The Dark’, I thought, ‘I can’t carry on much longer like this – I’ve got to get my songwriting together. Not just because the single was a flop but because I wasn’t happy with it as a song and I wasn’t happy wasting my time promoting it when I could be writing. (1)

No-one expected that ‘Dancing in the dark’ would do so bad. Every monday I woke up in fear and informed with my record company if the record had made the charts yet. They reacted coldly. Kim Wilde had disappointed her entourage. And I lost my selfconfidence. No, it wasn’t really a good song. My brother and father went through a less creative period. They own up to that now. And it can’t be a success everytime of course. I still thought I’d failed though. (2)

Why do you think ‘Dancing In The Dark’ made a limited impression on the charts?
I think it has got a lot to do with RAK records. They wanted us to keep coming up with hit singles almost one after the other. They got greedy and failed to recognise that we were her to make music and not 7 inch records. This was one of the reasons why I left RAK. Ricki’s writing naturally suffered y’know there’s a limit to how much you can do. (3)

After ‘Love Blonde’ we did a version of a song called ‘Dancing In The Dark’ and that’s when we hit rock bottom… or rock bottom-ish I should say, because we were still doing quite well in a few European countries.
The singles just weren’t so good for a while. We dried up. It happens to a lot of people. But it was worse for Ricki and Marty because they were the official songwriters. I had this kind of optimistic nonchalance and I just thought ‘Oh well. C’est ia guerre.’ I can’t deny that I must have got despondent about it sometimes. (4)

Credits

Bass guitar, backing vocals: Mark Hayward Chaplin
Drums: Trevor Murrell
Keyboards, bass, guitar, Linn programmes, synclavier, backing vocals: Ricky Wilde
Produced by Ricky Wilde
Engineer: Pete Schwier, Will Gosling, Simon Schofield, Keith Fernley

Highest chart positions

Belgium: 11
Denmark: 3
Finland: 9
Germany: 26 (12 weeks)
Switzerland: 9 (9 weeks)
United Kingdom: 67 (2 weeks)

Interview sources

(1) The Wilde style, No. 1 (UK), 8 October 1984
(2) Kim Wilde takes fate into her own hands, Hitkrant (Netherlands), 3 November 1984
(3) Kim Wilde, Chartbeat (UK), December 1984
(3) “I’m game for a laugh!”, Smash Hits (UK), 24 April 1985


Lyrics

We were dancing
Dancing in the dark
Sweet romancing
Something’s gonna start

He stepped into the night
With his heart open wide
I was standing there
With nowhere left to hide
He looked to me like a shadow
Moving in the night
Then he took a hold of my hand
In the soft moonlight

And we were dancing (dancing, romancing)
Dancing in the dark (dancing, romancing with you)
Sweet romancing (dancing, romancing)
Something’s gonna start (dancing, romancing with you)

I could hear his heartbeat (dancing in the dark)
Pounding in the night (sweet romancing)
I could feel his body (something’s gonna start)
Starting to be kind

With his soft red lips
Made up my mind (dancing in the dark)
His soothing kiss
Was all I desired

And we were dancing
Dancing in the dark
Sweet romancing
Something’s gonna start

We kissed and touched
But it wasn’t enough
To stop this wheel of fire
One step at a time
And I knew he was mine
We were lost in the heat of desire

And we were dancing
Dancing in the dark
Sweet romancing
Something’s gonna start

No way
No way at all
To stop us moving closer
Each look in his eyes
Made my heart beat in time
Over and over and over and over

And we were dancing
Dancing in the dark
Sweet romancing
Something’s gonna start

And we were dancing
Dancing in the dark
Sweet romancing
Something’s gonna start

Dan Dryers

German rock and roll band, consisting of six members hailing from Solingen, Düsseldorf and Berlin. Originally into extreme sports, they decided to record music and released their debut album ‘Wrestling in Tijuana’ in 2009. Besides ten original tracks they included a cover version of Kids in America. A second album, ‘Bar Fights and Drunken Nights’ followed in 2011.


Daltry Calhoun

In this 2005 motion picture, Johnny Knoxville plays Daltry Calhoun, a man with a grass seed empire who suddenly discovers he has a daughter. He then has to figure out how to save his business as well as learn how to be a father.
The soundtrack cd contains many hits from the 1970’s and 1980’s, such as ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ by Crystal Gayle, 10cc’s ‘Things We Do for Love’ and Kids in America.


Daho, Etienne

Etienne Daho was born January 14, 1957 in Oran (Algeria). He released his first album in 1981 ‘Mythomanes’. The album sold only 3000 copies. Then Virgin releases ‘La Note, La Note’ in 1984, ‘Pop Satori’ in 1986 (recorded in London), ‘Pour nos vies Martiennes’ in 1988, ‘Paris Ailleurs’ in 1991 and ‘Eden’ in 1996. Daho finds himself more popular with every album, obtaining many gold records.
He makes many tours especially in 1989 where he gives a concert in Paris (Zenith) and in London (Marquee) and in 1992/93 (60 concerts through 14 countries). He even participates in Top of the Pops with the song ‘He’s on the Phone’.
Etienne Daho is one of Kim’s favourite French artists. In 1988, they presented a TV show together for MTV Europe.

Kim about Etienne Daho

His music really excites me. The first time I saw him was in France when we were both doing a TV show with lots of other acts. I watched him doing a couple of songs and the first thing that attracted me was his cute little dance and his cute little jeans and I thought he was as horny as hell. I stood by the side of the stage thinking “My God, this guy’s so cute” and I began filming him with my little movie camera and I found I was zooming further and further in. Subsequently I’ve constantly listened to his music – I’ve bought seven-inches, 12-inches, compact discs – everything he’s got out – and I think he’s so under-rated. I bumped into Richard Branson last week and bent his ear about why his record company [Virgin] isn’t doing enough to promote Etienne over here. (1)

Interview source

(1) Shrink rap. Melody Maker (UK), 2 May 1987