"Dancing with Myself"
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Single by Billy Idol
from the album Don't Stop
Released 1981
Recorded 1980
Genre Rock, post-punk, New Wave
Length 4:50
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Billy Idol, Tony James
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol singles chronology

- "Dancing with Myself"
"Mony Mony"

"Dancing with Myself" is a song by the band Generation X released in 1981, from their album Kiss Me Deadly. It was one of their first true hit singles. At the time of its release, the band shortened their name to simply "Gen X." Also of note, the band contained only Billy Idol and Tony James from the original line-up. Idol went on to have great success with the single when he released a more pop friendly version (absent of the driving guitar and bass in the Gen X version) on his first solo release, Don't Stop".

Some have speculated that the song is about masturbation, but more likely it was inspired by what Tony James and Billy Idol witnessed in a Japanese night club during the band's 1979 Japanese Tour as patrons watched themselves dance in the space enhancing mirrors which covered the walls. This song appears in Guitar Hero 5

Cover versions[]

  • Billy Idol (1981)
  • De Kreuners (1984) as "Ik dans wel met mezelf"
  • Kids Incorporated (1989)
  • Blink-182 (March 10, 1997)
  • 30 Foot Fall (2000)
  • The Donnas (September 21, 2004)
  • Nouvelle Vague(July 10, 2006)
  • The Boomtang Boys
  • Dag Vag as "Dansar med mig själv"
  • Eläkeläiset as "Humppaan itsekseni"
  • Green Day (Played live on 2000, 2005 & 2009 tours)
  • Lisa Mitchell (Australian Idol 2006)
  • Al Gonzales (Bagpiper) and The Shots (2008)
  • The Flukes (2007)
  • Laura Bell Bundy (Recorded a country version for her CD "Longing For A Place Already Gone" released in 2007)


Generation X version[]

Chart (1981) Peak
UK Singles Chart 62

Billy Idol version[]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 2