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Hot Chip covers Springsteen's "Dancing In the Dark" with the most amazing retro '80s video ever

Their synthpop version of the Bruce classic is even more danceable than the 12" Blaster Mix

Erin Keane
October 19, 2015 8:07PM (UTC)

Hot Chip is finally releasing their version of Bruce Springsteen's dance hit "Dancing In the Dark" — a staple of recent live shows — and the video they just dropped is an amazing pastiche of cringe-worthy yet awesome found 1980s TV clips (there's some definite cable access hair happening in some of these cuts) to accompany their danceable-up cover of Bruce's 1984 hit. Nestled in the middle is even a snippet of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends," as an added bonus.



This isn't the first time Bruce's lonely-boy anthem has been remixed into a club track — in a classic '80s double-dipping move, Arthur Baker remixed the hit single for release as the "Blaster Mix," which then jumped to #7 on Billboard's dance charts.

It's sort of insane now to think that "Dancing In the Dark" garnered Springsteen his very first Grammy — for Best Rock Vocal Performance in 1985, a full decade after he released "Born to Run" — but the single was the first released from "Born In the U.S.A." and helped propel that album to huge commercial success.

Springsteen's own video is probably best remembered as an early stunner of a performance by one Courteney Cox, who cameo'd as "Girl who dances on stage with The Boss, or: Most Envied Woman of 1984." She later reprised her role opposite Adam Sandler, playing perhaps the most Frankenstein's Monster-ish Springsteen of all time, on "Saturday Night Live."


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Erin Keane

Erin Keane is Salon's Editor in Chief.

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