Dance (Pt. 1)

Album: Emotional Rescue (1980)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first Stones song Ron Wood got a writing credit on. He said of the song: '"Dance Pt. 1' was one strong riff where Mick immediately took the bait, literally got up and danced to it, which was the whole idea of the track: it's a catchy riff. That was an example of a song that originated without words, just a groove with various changes, but never a chorus. We did have various alternative mixes going at the time, but I can't really tell the difference between Part I or Part II or Part III. It was just a novelty, the Pt. 1 bit." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Like "Miss You," this song has a disco sound that was big at the time, but wasn't typical of The Rolling Stones.
  • A similar version with different lyrics called "If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" was released in 1981 on The Rolling Stones Sucking In The Seventies compilation.
  • Michael Shrieve, formerly of Santana, played percussion; the Jamaican reggae artist Max Romeo sang background.

Comments: 3

  • Jon from Roeland Park, KsFranz Ferdinand appear to have listened to this one at some point. Nice to hear the licks again.
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrThe odd voicings are done by Max romeo.
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrThis tune was played live in 2002 on the 40 Licks tour. It featured a great Hornarrangment and the lyrics were a combination of "Dance Pt. 1" and "If I Was A Dancer".
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