Dance Monkey

Album: The Kids Are Coming (2019)
Charted: 1
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  • Originally from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, Tones and I (real name Toni Watson) took a trip to Byron Bay in New South Wales in early 2018 and took a chance at busking. She had a good response, so Watson quit her retail job to pursue a full-time music career.

    During Watson's first night of busking, a guy walked past and gave her his card. That person, Jackson Walkden-Brown, became Tones and I's co-manager.
  • The Australian singer-songwriter wrote this song about her busking days. She came to the realization that things have changed and attention spans are shorter now that entertainment is always a button click away.

    Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me oh oh oh
    I've never seen anybody do the things you do before
    They say move for me, move for me, move for me ay ay ay

    Tones told Bridget Hustwaite on triple j Good Nights: "There was a lot of times when I was busking there were a lot of people in your face, like 'More, more! Go again, again, again!' The patience had diminished. The quick changeovers were what you need to do on the street now. You have to be quick... get on with the song."
  • The song reached #1 in Australia on the August 5, 2010 ARIA chart. Tones and I was the first female artist reach the summit in Australia since Delta Goodrem did so with "Wings" in 2015. She was also the first Australian artist to reach the peak position in 2019.

    "Dance Monkey" topped the charts in several other countries, including Norway and Sweden.
  • "Dance Monkey" set a new mark when it entered its tenth week at #1 on Australia's ARIA Singles Chart singles chart. It meant that Tones and I had the longest ever stint atop the survey by an Australian act. Sydney collective Justice Crew had previously owned the record with "Que Sera," which spent nine weeks at the tally's summit back in 2014.
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