Dirty Vegas vocalist Steve Smith wrote this. He has said that it is a personal song, but in his case, it had a happy ending.
Dirty Vegas formed when DJs Paul Harris and Ben Harris (no relation) saw Smith perform and asked him to join them. Paul and Ben had been recording as The Hydrogen Rockers. Smith brought "Days Go By" to the studio the first time they worked together.
Before this became a hit, the group released it as The Hydrogen Rockers. It became a dance hit, as many DJs used it at clubs. The group later changed their name to Dirty Vegas and released a different mix of this.
The group recorded this into a computer using Pro Tools software. This let them work on the song and make lots of changes without paying for time in a traditional recording studio.
The 3 members of the group are from the London area.
The video tells the story of a middle-aged man who break-dances all day once a year in the same spot he did in his youth in hopes that the woman he let go will come back to him. The video uses text to tell the story. The group is in the video only briefly - they sat in the car at the stoplight in the first few seconds of the video. (thanks, Jenny - Miami, FL)
The video was first shown at RESFEST, a traveling show of short films from around the world. It was a huge hit and gained the attention of MTV, which put it in rotation.
As a result of the buzz created at RESFEST, a representative from Mitsubishi noticed the video and arranged to use the song in a commercial for the Eclipse. The ad shows a woman dancing wildly in the passenger seat as a man drives around, presumably looking for a club. It became a very popular spot in the US, and gave the song a great deal of exposure. Shortly after the ad appeared, many radio stations started playing the song.
When the commercial started airing, this became very much associated with Mitsubishi, who then used it in other ads to promote the Eclipse.
Dirty Vegas had not yet finished their CD when this became a surprise hit.
An acoustic version is included as a bonus track on the CD.
In 2003, this won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.