WATCH: Hot Chip Cover Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends”
From the deluxe edition of Why Make Sense?
Bruce Springsteen wrote “Dancing in the Dark” for The Ramones, and was just about to give it to them when his manager, Jon Landau, convinced him to keep it for himself. It ended up selling over a million copies—becoming Springsteen’s biggest hit in the process—and launching the career of Courteney Cox (or giving Pop Up Video a nice little tidbit, at least).
All of which can make the galloping sadness of “Dancing in the Dark” difficult to hear. Ted Leo restored some of the song’s Ramones-ready power in his own cover, and now Hot Chip have revealed a smoothed-out version of their own. The track, which appears on the deluxe edition of this year’s Why Make Sense?, was recorded live at Webster Hall in New York City. Alexis Taylor and co. strip away what little guitar remained in the Springsteen original, setting the lyric against a constantly cascading set of arpeggios that eventually wind their way into LCD Soundsystem‘s “All My Friends.”
The deluxe edition of Why Make Sense? also includes remixes of Why Make Sense?‘s “Huarache Lights” by Soulwax and A/Jus/Ted, as well as an alternate take on “Cry For You.” It’s out October 24 on Domino.