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"Dirtee Disco" is the fifth single from English rapper Dizzee Rascal's fourth studio album Tongue n' Cheek, although the song only appears in the deluxe edition of the album. It features background vocals from former One True Voice member Daniel Pearce and samples The Staple Singers' 1972 track, "I'll Take You There". It was released on 23 May 2010 by digital download.

"Dirtee Disco"
Dirtee disco.jpg
Single by Dizzee Rascal
from the album Tongue n' Cheek Deluxe Edition
Released23 May 2010 (2010-05-23)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2009–10
Genre
Length3:40
LabelDirtee Stank
Songwriter(s)Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"You Got the Dirtee Love"
(2010)
"Dirtee Disco"
(2010)
"Shout"
(2010)

ContentEdit

The song overlaps thematically with Rascal's earlier singles "Holiday" and "Dance wiv Me", discussing nights out and good times.

Critical receptionEdit

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a negative review, stating:

'Dirtee Disco' is a '70s-influenced party tune on which Dizz raps about doing the robot, drinking JD and Coke and wrapping his hands around the nearest girl's waist over some oh-so-groovy beats. Featuring vocals from none other than One True Voice alumnus and former X Factor hopeful Daniel Pearce, it's more likely to remind you of your local Flares nightclub than the hedonistic heyday of Studio 54. Close to the start of the track, Dizz warns: "If you can't say something nice, then keep quiet." We'd better keep our lips firmly shut then.     .[1]

Music videoEdit

In the music video, Rascal and his accomplices enter what appears to be a local village hall where DJ Derek has set up his mobile disco for the benefit of a number of older people. The disco is rather quiet until Rascal enters, then the party really gets started. He is accompanied by a number of attractive girls that are much younger than the other dancers, and all dressed for clubbing. All the older people there are shocked at Rascal and the girls he is with. As the song ends, DJ Derek announces "OK, that was Dizzee Rascal and Dirtee Disco. Some wicked moves out there. Well it's nearly 10 o'clock, and the night is almost over. So it's time to slow things down a bit." DJ Derek then puts on a slow song and everyone waltzes for the remainder of the video.

Rascal told the NME about the video: "There's no Saturday Night Fever influence. That's not John Travolta strutting, that's me, wearing a £2,000 Gucci suit. The moves are more influenced by You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Keep an eye out for the models – I chose them. The video's about being able to have a good time wherever you go, whether it's a club or a church hall."[2]

Track listingsEdit

UK iTunes digital download[3]
  1. "Dirtee Disco" (Radio Edit) – 3:40
  2. "Dirtee Disco" (Club Mix) – 4:46

Chart performanceEdit

"Dirtee Disco" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one on 30 May 2010, marking Dizzee Rascal's fourth number one hit in the country. The single also managed to debut on the Irish Singles Chart at number twenty-one on 28 May 2010. Despite being a No. 1 in the UK, it became the lowest-selling one of the year.[4]

Chart (2010) Peak
Position
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 21
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 1
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[7] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[8] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Robert Copsey. "Dizzee Rascal: 'Dirtee Disco'". Digital Spy. digitalspy.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Dirtee Disco". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  3. ^ Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco, single Archived 27 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. iTunes.
  4. ^ Dirtee Disco on the UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 21, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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