Roxy Music

Dance Away

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Up there with "Love Is the Drug," the deeply discoid "Dance Away" would represent Roxy Music's biggest U.K. hit until a cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" took them to number one in 1981. It also made number 44 in the U.S., with oldies radio making it seem even bigger.

A definite highlight of Roxy's Manifesto comeback, the song was originally written for Ferry's own The Bride Stripped Bare album -- that set, too, nodded toward the then-prevalent disco scene, and the presence on Manifesto of several top American session men suggests that Roxy's treatment of the song wasn't too far removed from Ferry's own original intentions.

In common with then-standard practice, "Dance Away" was radically extended for a 12" mix -- in truth, the extra couple of minutes are largely consumed by a protracted drum beat break in the middle, a bonus which made a lot more sense on the dancefloor than anywhere else on earth. For most listeners, the song's most potent hook fell somewhat earlier in the performance, as the lovelorn, star-crossed Ferry sighs sadly, "you're dressed to kill and guess who's dying?" People simply don't write lines like that any more.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Manifesto 1979 Universal / Virgin 3:48
Atlantic Years (1973-1980) 1983 Atco
Street Life: 20 Great Hits 1986 Reprise 3:44
Sounds of the Seventies: Seventies Generation 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:45
Thrill of It All 1995 Virgin 6:29
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Adventures In Music
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:46
The Best of Roxy Music 2001 Virgin 3:46
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:46
Ann Summers Presents the Sex Album 2003
Various Artists
Columbia 3:46
The Platinum Collection 2004 Virgin 3:47
The Collection [EMI] 2004 EMI 3:47
Very Best of School Reunion 2006
Various Artists
EMI / Virgin TV
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 3:43
The Tiswas Album 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:45
Essential 2011 EMI / EMI Gold 4:19
Siren/Manifesto/Flesh and Blood/Avalon 2011 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:48
70s Summer Party 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:45
The Complete Studio Recordings 2012 Virgin EMI 6:31
Rock Legends: The High Road Universal Music
No Image EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:47