Murder on the Dancefloor

Album: Read My Lips (2001)
Charted: 2

Songfacts®:

  • This song about underhanded dance competition tactics was penned by Ellis-Bextor with the American singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander (under the pseudonym Alex Ander). Alexander, who was the mastermind behind the New Radicals ("You Get What You Give") won a Grammy for co-writing "The Game of Love" for Santana in 2003.
  • The song became Ellis-Bextor's greatest hit internationally. It was the most-played song of 2002 in all of Europe and also went platinum in Australia, where it peaked at #3, staying in the Top Fifty for twenty weeks.
  • The music video takes place at a dance contest, which contestant Ellis-Bextor is desperate to win. Canadian-born actor Colin Stinton, who played Neal Daniels in The Bourne Ultimatum, features as the main judge. Sophie Muller, who helmed the singer's previous video for "Take Me Home," directed the clip.
  • This was used in the Eastenders episode where the Queen Vic burned down. Just before the fire started Ellis-Bextor could be heard singing "Gonna burn this goddamn house right down." She commented on her website: "I used to watch lots of Eastenders and I remember when I heard my first band Theaudience, being played in the show - it was a bit of an 'I've made it' moment!"

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