Dance Away

Album: Manifesto (1979)
Charted: 2 44
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Songfacts®:

  • Following an almost four-year recording hiatus, Roxy Music reunited in 1978 to lay down Manifesto. In the interim, lead singer Bryan Ferry had released three solo albums: Let's Stick Together (1976), In Your Mind (1977), and The Bride Stripped Bare (1978). Manifesto was a sumptuously produced continuation of Ferry's crooner solo career. This disco-tinged song, released as its second single, was the album's biggest hit.
  • Released on April 13, 1979, "Dance Away" reached #2 in the UK, spending three weeks as runner-up to Blondie's chart-topper "Sunday Girl." It spent 14 weeks on the charts, the longest UK chart residency of any Roxy Music song, and was the ninth best-selling single in the UK in 1979.
  • In the US, "Dance Away" was Roxy Music's second most successful single behind the #30-peaking "Love Is The Drug."

    Bryan Ferry originally wrote "Dance Away" for his In Your Mind solo album, but it didn't make the final track listing. He tried it again for The Bride Stripped Bare, but again it didn't work out. "I could never get hit right," he recalled to Uncut magazine. "I felt it was too much of a pop song. Then I played it to my friend in New York, Earl McGrath, who said you should give it to Bob Clearmountain to mix. Bob made it a hit."
  • The lounge rocker starts with Ferry dying inside when he passes by his ex "dressed to kill" walking "hand-in-hand with another guy." It morphs into a sad disco number as the singer dances away his heartache.
  • It's been suggested Ferry wrote the song after his public humiliation at the hands of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger. The Roxy Music frontman first met the American model after she appeared on the album cover for Siren. They began a two-year relationship that ended when Hall left him for Jagger in late 1977.
  • At 3:48, the single version was a re-recorded shorter edit and mix compared to the original 4:20 album rendition. After "Dance Away" became a hit, the second pressings of Manifesto substituted the longer original version with its single remix.

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