You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” is a song by British band Dead or Alive on their 1985 album Youthquake. The song was the first UK number-one hit by the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio. Released in November 1984, the record reached number one in March 1985, taking seventeen weeks to get there. In the US, it peaked at #11 in September of that year.

The video was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton.

The strings were based on Richard Wagner‘s classical piece Ride of the Valkyries.[1] The song is in 4/4 time and in the key of F# minor.[citation needed]

“You Spin Me Round” was re-released in 2003 at the same time as the Dead or Alive greatest hits album Evolution was released. The song reached #23 in the UK singles chart. It was re-released again on 30 January 2006 because of lead singer Pete Burns’ controversial time as a contestant on television seriesCelebrity Big Brother and reached #5.

Earlier remixes were in 1996 and 1997 (some are included on the US, European and Australian releases of Nukleopatra). In 1999 these mixes were issued in the US as a 2CD set. The first disc held seven mixes of “You Spin Me Round” while disc two has five mixes of “Sex Drive”. In 2000, new mixes appeared on Fragile and in 2001, on Unbreakable: The Fragile Remixes. No videos were made for these.

Chart performance

Dead or Alive version

The song has been re-released three times since its original release in 1984. Each time of its release, it achieved success, but failed to match the success of the original. However, after lead-singer Pete Burns‘ appearance on UK Celebrity Big Brother, the single was re-released and managed a Top 5 peak on the UK Singles Chart in 2006.

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 3[2]
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1[3]
Media Control Charts 2[4]
Italian Singles Chart 3[5]
Swiss Music Charts 1[6]
UK Singles Chart 1[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11[8]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 4[9]
Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 28
Chart (2003) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 62
Media Control Charts 96
UK Singles Chart 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 21[10]
Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles Chart 5

Dope version

Dope‘s version of the song became their first chart entry on any Billboard chart, reaching #37 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Their version is often misattributed to Marilyn Manson.[citation needed]

Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 37

Jessica Simpson version

Jessica Simpson‘s version of the song was released as a promo single from her fourth studio album A Public Affair in 2006. Her version of the song barely made the Pop 100, and failed to make theBillboard Hot 100 chart, however, it charted to #20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, which is equivalent to #120. Simpson’s version has new lyrics and only preserves the chorus of the song.

Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 95

Other versions

Notable cover versions include recordings by Thalía on her 2002 self-titled album. A cover was featured in Konami’s 2009 video game Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party. The song’s chorus was used as the basis for Flo Rida‘s 2009 number one single, “Right Round.” Danzel and Gigi D’Agostino have also done remixes. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for the movie, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and the movie’s soundtrack. In 2008, Thea Gilmore did a cover called “You Spin Me Right Round” alongside with Mike Cave, giving the song a more folk pop touch. After its initial release as a separate single, it was included in newer pressings of her album “Liejacker”. Adam Sandler performed the song to open the film The Wedding Singer. There is also another version featured in the red-band trailer of Hot Tub Time Machine. The French band Indochine also covered the song on their 2009 album “La République des Meteors.”

Track listing

JP You Spin Me Round (Murder Mix) – 1984, Epic-Japan (12.3P-625)

  1. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Murder Mix)
  2. “Misty Circles” (Extended Version)

US You Spin Me Round / Sex Drive remixes – 1999, Cleopatra (CLP 0533-2)


  1. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Sugar Pumpers Radio Edit) – 3:38
  2. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Cleopatra Radio Edit) – 4:13
  3. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Marc Antonine Radio Edit) – 3:21
  4. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Sugar Pumpers Extended Mix) – 5:11
  5. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Sugar Pumpers Pumpin Mix) – 7:05
  6. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Vicious Mix) – 8:10
  7. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Marc Antonine Club Mix) – 7:00


  1. “Sex Drive” (Radio Edit) – 2:52
  2. “Sex Drive” (Scream Driven Edit) – 3:54
  3. “Sex Drive” (Dead or Alive Original Mix) – 6:39
  4. “Sex Drive” (Scream Driven Mix) – 6:59
  5. “Sex Drive” (Pee Wee Remix) – 5:56

AUS CD Remix Single – 2003, Epic (673578-2)

  1. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Metro 7″ Edit) – 3:46
  2. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Metro 12″ Extended Mix) – 6:55
  3. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Mark Moore & Mr. Motion Remix) – 6:20
  4. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Punx Soundcheck Vs Princess Julia) – 5:47
  5. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (D Bop Club Mix) – 7:16
  6. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Original 7″ Mix) – 3:16

UK CD1 – 2003, Epic (673578-2)

  1. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Metro 7″ Edit) – 3:46
  2. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Metro 12″ Extended Mix) – 6:55
  3. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Punx Soundcheck Vs Princess Julia) – 5:47
  4. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Original 7″ Mix) – 3:16

UK CD2 – 2003, Epic (673578-5)

  1. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Metro 7″ Edit) – 3:46
  2. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Mark Moore & Mr. Motion Remix) – 6:17
  3. “Isn’t It a Pity” – 4:43

UK CD single – 2006, Epic (82876 806212)

  1. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Original 7″ Mix) – 3:16
  2. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Murder Mix) – 7:27 *
  3. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Metro 7″ Edit) – 3:46
  4. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Video 2003 Version) – 3:44



The Pogues are a band from Kings Cross, London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996.[1] The band reformed in 2001, and has been playing regularly ever since, most notably on the US East Coast around St Patrick’s Day and across the UK and Ireland every December. The group has yet to record any new music and, according to Spider Stacy on, has no inclination to do so.

Their politically-tinged music was informed by MacGowan and Stacy’s punk backgrounds,[2] yet used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle,citternmandolin and accordion.

The Pogues were founded in Kings Cross,[3] a district of North London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone—pogue mahone being the Anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning “kiss my arse“.[4]

Band history

The roots of The Pogues were formed when MacGowan (vocals), Peter “Spider” Stacy (tin whistle), and Jem Finer (banjo) were together in an occasional band called The Millwall Chainsaws in the late 1970s after MacGowan and Stacy met in the toilets at a Ramones gig at The Roundhouse in 1977.[5]MacGowan was already with The Nips, though when they broke up in 1980 he concentrated a bit more on Stacy’s Millwall Chainsaws who changed their name to The New Republicans. During this period MacGowan and Finer auditioned unsuccessfully for a licence to busk at Covent Garden.[6] In 1982 James Fearnley (accordion) joined MacGowan, Stacy, and Finer, calling the band Pogue Mahone. The new group played their first gig at The Pindar of Wakefieldon 4 October 1982.[7]

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They later added Cait O’Riordan (bass) and Andrew Ranken (drums). The band played London pubs and clubs,[8] and released a single, “Dark Streets of London,”[9] on their own, self-named label, gaining a small reputation—especially for their live performances. They came to the attention of the media and Stiff Records when they opened for The Clash on their 1984 tour.[1] Shortening their name to “The Pogues” (partly due to BBC censorship following complaints from Gaelic speakers in Scotland) they released their first album Red Roses for Me on Stiff that October.

The band gained more attention when the UK Channel 4’s influential music show The Tube made a video of their version of “Waxie’s Dargle” for the show. The performance—featuring Spider Stacy repeatedly smashing himself over the head with a beer tray (in the manner of Bob Blackman’s infamous “Mule Train/Mule Tray”)—became a favourite with the viewers, but Stiff refused to release it as a single, feeling it was too late for it to help Red Roses for Me (in fact Stiff was by then in deep financial trouble). Nevertheless, it remained a favourite request for the show for many years.

Phil Chevron (guitar) joined the group soon after, then with the aid of punk and New Wave forefather Elvis Costello they recorded the follow-up, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, in 1985. The album title is a famous comment falsely attributed to Winston Churchill who was supposedly describing the “true” traditions of the British Royal Navy.[10] The album cover featured The Raft of the Medusa, with the faces of the characters in Théodore Géricault‘s painting replaced with those of the band members. The album shows the band moving away from covers to original material. Shane MacGowan came into his own as a songwriter with this disc, offering up poetic story-telling, such as “The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn” and “The Old Main Drag”, as well as definitive interpretations of Ewan MacColl‘s “Dirty Old Town” and Eric Bogle‘s “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” (this had previously been covered by Shane’s fellow punk contemporaries The Skids in 1981).

The band failed to take advantage of the momentum created by the strong artistic and commercial success of their second album. They first refused to record another album (offering up the four-track EP Poguetry in Motion instead); O’Riordan married Costello and left the band, to be replaced by bassist Darryl Hunt, formerly of Plummet Airlines and Pride of the Cross; and they added a multi-instrumentalist in Terry Woods, formerly of Steeleye Span. Looming over the band at this period (as throughout their entire career) was the increasingly erratic behaviour of their vocalist and principal songwriter, Shane MacGowan. Their record label, Stiff Records, went bankrupt soon after the 1987 release of the single “The Irish Rover” (with The Dubliners). Members of the band, including O’Riordian, acted in Alex Cox‘s Straight to Hell, and five songs by the band were included on the film’s soundtrack album.

[edit]Success and breakup

The band remained stable enough to record If I Should Fall from Grace with God in 1988 (with its Christmas hit duet with Kirsty MacColl “Fairytale of New York“, which was voted “the best Christmas song ever” in VH1 UK polls in 2004) and 1989’s Peace and Love.[11] The band was at the peak of its commercial success, with both albums making the top 5 in the UK (numbers 3 and 5 respectively), but MacGowan was increasingly unreliable. He failed to turn up for the opening dates of their 1988 tour of America, and prevented the band from promoting their next album, Hell’s Ditch, so in 1991 the band sacked him.[2] Vocal duties were for a time handled by Joe Strummer, before Stacy finally took over permanently. After Strummer’s departure, the remaining seven Pogues recorded Waiting for Herb, which contained the band’s third and final top twenty single, “Tuesday Morning”, which became their best-selling single internationally. Terry Woods and James Fearnley then left the band and were replaced by David Coulter and James McNally respectively. Within months of their departures, ill health forced Phil Chevron to leave the band; he was replaced by his former guitar technician, Jamie Clarke. This lineup recorded the band’s seventh (and final) studio album, Pogue Mahone. The album was a commercial failure, and, following Jem Finer’s decision to leave the band in 1996, the remaining members decided it was time to call it quits. According to Shane MacGowan, amongst the reasons of the breakup was disagreement concerning the political orientation of his songs, the band not wanting to sing too obvious pro-republican songs[12] — though some of their previous songs were already politically engaged : for instance, Streams of Whiskey is about the poet and IRAmember Brendan Behan. Soon after the breakup Shane MacGowan recorded a song called Paddy Public Enemy Number One as a tribute to the Republican leader Dominic McGlinchey, a former leader of the INLA killed a few years before.


After the Pogues’ break-up, the three remaining long-term members (Spider Stacy, Andrew Ranken and Darryl Hunt) played together briefly in a new band called The Wisemen for five shows. The name was quickly changed to the Vendettas. They played mainly new Stacy-penned tracks, though Darryl Hunt also contributed songs, and the band’s live set included a few Pogues songs. First Ranken then Hunt left the band, the latter going on to become singer/songwriter in an indie band called Bish, whose self-titled debut album was released in 2001. Ranken has gone on to play with a number of other bands, including hKippers, The Municipal Waterboard and, most recently, The Mysterious Wheels. In addition to The Vendettas who Stacy freely admits lost all attraction when the Pogues reformed, Spider continued to write and record music with various bands, including the James Walbourne, Filthy Thieving BastardsDropkick Murphys and Astral Social Club. Shane MacGowan founded Shane MacGowan and The Popes in 1992. They only managed two studio albums but struggled on until 2002. His autobiography A Drink With Shane MacGowan, co-written with his journalist girlfriend Victoria Mary Clarke, was released in 2001. Jem Finer went into experimental music, playing a big part in a project known as “Longplayer“, a piece of music designed to play continuously for 1,000 years without repeating itself. In 2005, Finer released the album Bum Steer with DB Bob (as DM Bob and Country Jem). James Fearnley moved to the United States shortly before leaving the Pogues. He was a member of The Low And Sweet Orchestra and later the Cranky George Trio. Philip Chevron reformed his former band The Radiators, which briefly included former Pogue Cait O’Riordan. Terry Woods formed The Bucks with Ron Kavana, releasing the album Dancin’ To The Ceili Band in 1994. Later, he formed The Woods Band, releasing the album Music From The Four Corners of Hell in 2002.


The Pogues in Brixton, 2004

The band, including MacGowan, re-formed for a Christmas tour in 2001 and performed nine shows in the UK and Ireland in December 2004. In 2002 Qmagazine named The Pogues as one of the “50 Bands To See Before You Die”. In July 2005, the band — again including MacGowan — played at the annual Guilfest festival in Guildford before flying out to Japan where they played three dates. Japan is the last place they all played together before MacGowan was originally sacked in 1991, and they have a strong following there. They played a date in Spain in early September. The reunited Pogues played dates in the UK with support from the Dropkick Murphys in late 2005, and re-released their 1987 Christmas classic “Fairytale of New York” on 19 December, which went straight in at #3 in the UK Singles charts on Christmas Day 2005, showing the song’s enduring popularity. On 22 December 2005 the BBC broadcast a live performance (recorded the previous week) on the Jonathan Ross Christmas show with Katie Melua filling in for the late Kirsty MacColl, the first time the band had played the song live on television. The following week they performed live on the popular music show CD:UK.

Shane MacGowan wrote a blog for The Guardian website in 2006, detailing his thoughts on the current tour.[13]

The Pogues with Shane MacGowan, October 11, 2006 in San Diego

The band was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the annual Meteor Ireland Music Awards in February 2006. In March 2006, the band played their first U.S. dates with Shane in over 15 years. The band played a series of sold-out concerts in Washington D.C.Atlantic CityBoston, and New York. Later they played a series of highly acclaimed and sold-out gigs during mid-October 2006 in San FranciscoLas Vegas, and Los Angeles, and toured Glasgow,ManchesterBirmingham, London, Dublin, and Nottingham in mid-December 2006. They began a second U.S. tour in March 2007, once again to coincide (and conclude) with a Roseland Ballroom New York City show on Saint Patrick’s Day. 2007 has proved to be the most prolific year of touring since the reunion. A tour of the west coast of America and eleven dates in the UK in December complement the headlining festival appearances made in the summer across Europe (Sweden, Belgium and Spain). They continue to be in huge demand, often selling out very large venues, despite criticism of selling out, and claims that arenas and festivals do not suit the band’s sound.

The Pogues on August 1, 2010 inAmsterdam

Guitarist Phil Chevron has stated there were no plans to record new music or release a new album. Chevron said that one way to keep enjoying what they were doing was to avoid making a new album, although he did say that there still is a possibility in the future for new music, but certainly not in the near future. Terry Woods has commented that MacGowan has been writing, and most of it sounds good. In 2008 the band released a box set Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say….POGUE MAHONE!!, which included rare studio out-takes and previously unreleased material.[14]

The band has received mixed reviews of its recent performances. Reviewing a March 2008 concert, The Washington Post described MacGowan as “puffy and paunchy,” but said the singer “still has a banshee wail to beat Howard Dean‘s, and the singer’s abrasive growl is all a band this marvelous needs to give its amphetamine-spiked take on Irish folk a focal point.” The reviewer continued: “The set started off shaky, MacGowan singing of `goin’ where streams of whiskey are flowin,’ and looking like he’d arrived there already. He grew more lucid and powerful as the evening gathered steam, through two hours and 26 songs, mostly from the Pogues’ first three (and best) albums”.[15] In December 2010 the Pogues played their farewell UK Christmas tour.

In March 2011, the Pogues played a six-city/ten-show US tour titled “A Parting Glass with The Pogues” visiting ChicagoDetroitBaltimoreWashington D.C.Boston, and New York (in that order), with only the last three cities getting more than one show. It may, or may not, be the last time they tour the States. Stacy said “I think we are basically pretty certain this is the last tour of this type we’ll be doing in the States. There might be the odd sort of one-off here and there. We’re not saying this is absolutely, definitely the end.”[16]

According to Phillip Chevron: “Shane sings no more or no less than has been set by prior agreement.” [17]

[edit]Current members

[edit]Former members

  • Cait O’Riordan: 1982–1986, 2004; bass, vocals
  • Joe Strummer: 1991-1992 (also replaced an ailing Phil Chevron for a U.S. tour in 1987); vocals, guitar
  • Jamie Clarke: 1995–1996; guitar, vocals
  • Dave Coulter: 1993–1996; mandolin, violin, ukulele, percussion
  • James McNally: 1993–1996; accordion, whistles, percussion


[edit]Fairytale of New York

Main article: Fairytale of New York

“Fairytale of New York” was released as a single in 1987 and reached #1 in the Irish charts and #2 in the British charts over Christmas (the time of peak sales). The song has become a festive classic in the UK and Ireland over the years, and was voted the best Christmas song of all time three years running in 2004,[18] 2005[19] and 2006 in polls by music channel VH1 UK, despite not achievingChristmas Number One when it was released. It was also voted as the 27th greatest song never to reach UK#1 in another VH1 poll, and also voted as the 84th greatest song of all time by BBC Radio 2listeners in their “Sold on Song” top 100 poll. In 2007 the record was briefly censored by the BBC because of the word “faggot” being deemed potentially offensive to gay people. Following protests from listeners, including the mother of Kirsty MacColl, the censorship was lifted.


[edit]Live albums

  • Streams of Whiskey: Live in Leysin, Switzerland 1991 (2002)
  • The Ultimate Collection including Live at the Brixton Academy 2001 (2005): #15 UK

[edit]Compilation albums

  • The Best of The Pogues (1991): #11 UK
  • Essential Pogues (1991)
  • The Rest of The Best (1992)
  • The Very Best of The Pogues (2001): #18 UK
  • The Ultimate Collection (2005): #15 UK
  • Dirty Old Town: The Platinum Collection (Budget CD) (2005)
  • Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say….POGUE MAHONE!! (Anthology/Box Set of rare and unreleased tracks) (2008)


  • The Pogues: Live at The Town & Country Club St Patricks Day 1988 VHS 1988
  • POGUEVISION” Music Video Collection – VHS 1991


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Rock U.S. Club UK[20] IRL
1984 “Dark Streets of London” Red Roses for Me
“Boys from the County Hell”
1985 A Pair of Brown Eyes 72 Rum Sodomy & the Lash
Sally MacLennane 51
Dirty Old Town 62 27
1986 Poguetry in Motion (EP) 29 11
Haunted 42 7 Sid and Nancy Soundtrack
1987 Irish Rover” (featuring The Dubliners) 8 1
Fairytale of New York” (featuring Kirsty MacColl) 2 1 If I Should Fall from Grace with God
1988 If I Should Fall from Grace with God 58 4
Fiesta 24 11
1989 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 17 36 43 6 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Misty Morning, Albert Bridge 41 8 Peace and Love
1990 Summer in Siam 64 21 Hell’s Ditch
Jack’s Heroes” (featuring The Dubliners) 63 4 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Miss Otis Regrets / Just One of Those Things” (with Kirsty MacColl) Red Hot + Blue (Produced by the Red Hot Organization)
1991 Sunny Side of the Street 23 Hell’s Ditch
Rainy Night in Soho (remix)” 67 24 Poguetry in Motion
Fairytale of New York” (re-issue) 36 10 If I Should Fall from Grace with God
1992 Honky Tonk Women 56 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
1993 Tuesday Morning 11 18 26 Waiting for Herb
Once Upon a Time 66
2005 “Fairytale of New York” (re-release) 3 3 If I Should Fall from Grace with God
2006 “Fairytale of New York” (re-entry of re-release) 6
2007 “Fairytale of New York” (re-entry on downloads alone) 4 3
2008 “Fairytale of New York” (re-entry on downloads alone) 12 8
2009 “Fairytale of New York” (re-entry on downloads alone) 12 13
2010 “Fairytale of New York” (re-entry on downloads alone) 17




Vindaloo” is a song by British band Fat Les. The music was written by Blur bassist Alex James and the lyrics were written by comedian Keith Allen. It was released as a single in 1998 and recorded for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The song was originally written as a parody of football chants, but was adopted as one in its own right and became a cult classic. Much of the song consists of the phrase “nah nah nah” and the word “vindaloo” repeated over and over by a mixed group, occasionally interspersed with lines such as “And we all like vindaloo” and “We’re England; we’re gonna score one more than you”.

The song has brief verses, spoken/sung by Keith Allen (in a voice sounding remarkably similar to that of the late Ian Dury) with a tune that owed much toMax Wall‘s “The Walk” routine.

The song’s name comes from the vindaloo, a type of very spicy Goan curry. It is often eaten by football supporters in the United Kingdom (and other nations) accompanied by large quantities of lager, after matches or as part of a “lads’ night out”.[1]

The song reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in June 1998; it was beaten by “Three Lions ’98” by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and Lightning Seeds, a re-release of football anthem “Three Lions” from 1996 with slightly altered lyrics. However, there were rumours at the time that — in a re-run of the events in 1977 surrounding the Sex Pistols “God Save The Queen” — those running the chart kept “Vindaloo” off the Number 1 spot on purpose.[citation needed] When the song was performed on Top of the Pops, Professor Colin Pillinger played a drum in the group.[2]

The song sounded a little too much like a “hooligan’s anthem” for some observers, but from the point of view of the BBC (who commission the official UK Music Chart) the band were deliberately waking the ghost of an earlier incident on the BBC TV programme The Late Show. Guest Keith Allen got into an extremely heated row with the panel over his view that comedy was now being hamstrung to appease rules of political correctness. Just before storming off the live broadcast, Allen stormed at an Asian member of the panel that “It’s not a chip you’ve got on your shoulder, it’s a fucking vindaloo!”. He later explained to press reporters that a vindaloo is as faux ethnic (this piece of Goan cuisine actually originated from Portugal) as those who masquerade as self-appointed spokespeople for ethnic minority communities’ rights in order to censor arts and culture according to their own pet prejudices.[citation needed]

The music video for the song is a parody of the video for “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve, which was itself inspired by the music video for “Unfinished Sympathy” by Massive Attack.[3] The video is recorded in the same street, and features comedian Paul Kaye as a Richard Ashcroft lookalike forcing his way down the street. Unlike the original video, in which Ashcroft is alone, Kaye gradually gathers a large crowd which includes Fat Les members Keith Allen, Alex James, and artist Damien Hirst, further on Rowland Rivron (as the drumming Queens guard), Edward Tudor-PoleMatt LucasDavid Walliams, a young Lily Allen, and the late Malcolm Hardee, sumo wrestlers, French maids, a French mime artist, a Max Wall lookalike (as Professor Wallofski), a priest, women dressed as girls from St Trinian’s and many others who dance around him, some brandishing bags of curry. By the end, Kaye has joined in celebrating with the rest of the crowd.

The song is used as the opening music at Peter Noone‘s concerts as he takes the stage. It is also used as entrance music for English professional wrestlers Doug Williams and Nigel McGuinness when they team together in Pro Wrestling Noah and various independent promotions.

[edit]Track listings

  • CD 1.
  1. “Vindaloo” (Radio Edit)
  2. “Vindaloo” (Laughter Mix)
  3. “Vindaloo” (Karaoke Mix)
  • CD 2.
  1. “Vindaloo” (Radio Edit)
  2. “Vindaloo” (Cocktail Mix)
  3. “Vindaloo” (Extended Mix)
  4. “Vindaloo” (Video)
  • Cassette
  1. “Vindaloo” (Radio Edit)
  2. “Vindaloo” (Cocktail Mix)
  3. “Vindaloo” (Laughter Mix)
  • CD Promo
  1. “Vindaloo” (Radio Edit)
  • 12″ Promo
  1. “Vindaloo” (Extended Mix)
  2. “Vindaloo” (Laughter Mix)
  • 12″ Promo 2
  1. “Vindaloo” (3 Day Sag Master Mix)
  2. “Vindaloo” (3 Day Sag Drum Mix)




After The Bodysnatchers broke up, guitarists Stella Barker and Sarah-Jane Owen, saxophonist Miranda Joyce, keyboardist Penny Leyton, and drummer Judy Parsons decided to form a new band, recruiting bass player Lesley Shone and lead vocalist Jennie Matthias (also known as Jenny McKeown and Jenny Bellestar). Their first performance was on Christmas Day, 1980, before they had chosen a name.

Within a short time, the group became well known around London, notably appearing on the front cover of Sounds magazine early in 1981. Shortly thereafter, they were signed by Stiff Records, then highly successful due to its star act, Madness.

The band’s debut single, “Hiawatha” was released in the late spring of 1981, produced by Madness producers Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley. The band promoted the single by playing support for ska acts The Beat and Madness. However, the single failed to chart, despite continuing media attention.

The same production team was responsible for “Slick Trick”, the second single. It too failed to chart. Keyboard player Penny Leyton left the band late in the year, to be replaced on saxophone andkeyboards by Clare Hirst. Leyton later joined The Deltones.

When the third single, the radio friendly “Another Latin Love Song” again failed to break into the charts, the band tried cover versions instead, with some success. “Iko Iko“, a cover of The Dixie Cups‘ 1965 hit (later featured in the 1988 movie Rain Man), was The Belle Stars’ long-hoped-for UK Singles Chart debut, peaking at a modest number 35 in June 1982. The Belle Stars furthered this with “The Clapping Song” (their first top 20 hit), a remake of the 1965 Shirley Ellis hit, and then “Mockingbird”, a hit for Inez and Charlie Foxx in 1969 and James Taylor and Carly Simon in 1974.

In January 1983 the Belle Stars released what would be their signature single, “Sign of the Times”, peaking at number three, and a chart success throughout Europe. The song’s music video, showing the Belle Stars in tuxedos, was also played frequently by MTV in the United States. The song went on to become the 30th best selling single of 1983 in the UK.

It was followed a month later by the band’s eponymous debut album, which reached number 15 on the UK Albums Chart.[1] As with the band’s singles, it was a mix of original songs and cover versions, including Bob and Earl‘s “Harlem Shuffle” (covered three years later by the Rolling Stones on Dirty Work) and Al Wilson‘s “The Snake”.

However, “Sign of the Times” proved to be the peak of the band’s success. Each follow-up single was less successful than its predecessor: “Sweet Memory”, reached number 22 in the charts in April 1983; “Indian Summer” number 52 in August; whilst “The Entertainer” did not chart. It took another year before the band had a minor hit, “80’s Romance”, which made number 71 in August 1984 before it dropped out after a week.[1] Despite this, the band continued to tour throughout Europe. However, the lack of success took its toll, and McKeown left the band, followed by others, until the band was down to Owen, Joyce, and Shone.

By 1984, Stiff Records was ailing, and it merged with Island Records; in July 1985 it was liquidated and bought by ZTT, the label owned by the husband and wife team of producer Trevor Horn and Jill Sinclair. Under Horn’s supervision, the three remaining members recorded a new Belle Stars album with the 4th & Broadway production team in New York City. However, the only tracks to be released were the single “World Domination”, a flop in Britain but peaked at number two for two weeks on the Billboard Dancefloor charts in the U.S.[2] Following this release the band broke up.

However, in 1989, the Belle Stars finally had a big U.S. chart hit, when “Iko Iko” reached number 14 on the Billboard Top 100 in March, after it was included on the soundtrack of the film Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The song had been a favourite of Hoffman’s. Matthias toured the U.S. to promote the song.

Leyton went on to join the all girl ska band The Deltones in 1984, and they released an album on Unicorn Records in 1989. Matthias has recently guested on the 1973 and Decadent albums by Skaville UK, and has more recently formed a new ska band with Lee Thompson from Madness called The Dance Brigade, and is currently performing in her new band 1-Stop-Experience, with Skip McDonald, Paget King and Chico Chigas.


  • Jennie Matthias: lead vocals
  • Sarah Jane Owen: lead guitar
  • Stella Barker : rhythm guitar
  • Penny Leyton: keyboards (1981–1982)
  • Miranda Joyce (born 26 July 1962): alto saxophone
  • Clare Hirst: tenor saxophone, keyboards (1982–1984)
  • Lesley Shone: bass
  • Judy Parsons: drums



  • “Hiawatha” (Stiff Records) 1981 – UK
  • “Slick Trick” (Stiff Records) 1981 – UK
  • “Another Latin Love Song EP” (Stiff Records) 1982 – UK
  • Iko Iko” (Stiff Records) 1982 – UK #35, 1989 US #14
  • The Clapping Song” (Stiff Records) 1982 – UK #11, AUS #4
  • “Mockingbird” (Stiff Records) 1982 – UK #51
  • “Sign of the Times” (Stiff Records) 1983 – UK #3, AUS #45, US #75
  • “Sweet Memory” (Stiff Records) 1983 – UK #22
  • “Indian Summer” (Stiff Records) 1983 – UK #52
  • “The Entertainer” (Stiff Records) 1983 -UK #95
  • “80’s Romance” (Stiff Records) 1984 – UK #71
  • “World Domination” (Stiff Records) 1986 – US Dance #2
  • “Iko Iko” (Stiff Records) 1989 – US #14, AUS #7, UK #98[3]


  • The Belle Stars (Stiff Records) 1983 – UK # 15,[1] AUS # 76
  • The Very Best (Stiff Records) 1994
  • 80’s Romance: The Complete Belle Stars (Salvo) 2010