This was the fourth single from the Footloose
soundtrack. The movie, which was written by Dean Pitchford
, starred Lori Singer as a minister's daughter who got rebellious when Kevin Bacon came to town. This song, whose title is based on the Motown hit "Dancing in the Street
," is used in a scene where Singer is out with her friends and she plays a "smuggled tape" of this song on a cassette. Her dad (played by John Lithgow) shows up and stops the tape, then gives her some money and leaves. Pitchford, who wrote the lyrics to all the songs on Footloose
told us, "I knew it needed to be naughty enough that her father might have an objection to it. But I also had long wanted to do a play on 'Dancing in the Streets,' and I thought that there was something kind of wink-wink naughty about that. And it needed to be suggestive enough that it would provoke her father's ire, but not vulgar in an over-the-top kind of way."