Lionel Richie – “Dancing On The Ceiling” – The 45 Single

Still yet more in the big box of vinyl.  This time the 45 single I found was actually one of my wife’s old 45’s. The single was for Lionel Richie’s song “Dancing On The Single”.  The single was released in 1986 and was the title track for his third studio album.

I never thought I would do a post on this song as it is not one of my favorite Lionel Richie songs.  Though it is a fun, energetic, dance song; it is a really terrible song at the same time.  I am not alone in that thinking as Blender Magazine listed it as the 20th Worst Song ever out of 50.

However, the world disagreed with me and Blender as the song was a Top 10 hit in almost ever country it was released.  The U.S. saw it go all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The B-Side of the single was “Love Will Find A Way”.  However, as most of my singles from this box don’t follow suit with having the correct B-Side, this one is no different.  This copy of the 45 is a Promotional Copy and Not For Sale.  The flip side is actually “Dancing On The Ceiling” again.  If I couldn’t get enough of the song on the A-Side, I can flip it to the B-Side and hear it again.  Sure, let’s do that.

The music video was one of the most expensive videos of it’s time running somewhere north of $300k.  It is was an homage to Fred Astaire’s dance routine in the 1951 movie called ‘Royal Wedding’.  The video is PURE 80’s.  The outfits, the hairstyles and everything about it screamed the 80’s.  It does not hold up well and is extremely comical now to look back at it.  There is a nice little cameo at the end by Cheech Marian as the noisy neighbor and Rodney Dangerfield as a maintenance worker.  Both stunned by how they are able to dance on the ceiling.

And one interesting fact is the video had a dancer named Diane Alexander.  She became Lionel’s 2nd wife after many years of having an affair while he was married to his first wife Brenda Harvey.  Surprisingly, that marriage eventually ended as well even though it took around 10 years.

Check out the video for a good laugh.  Enjoy and have a great day.

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“Dancing On The Ceiling”

What is happening here?
Something is going on
That’s not quite clear
Somebody turn on the light
We’re gonna have a party
It’s starting tonightOh, what a feeling!
When we’re dancing on the ceiling
The room is hot…that’s good
Some of my friends came
By from the neighbourhood
People were starting
To climb the walls
Ooh, it looks like everybody
Is having a ball

Everybody starts to lose control
When the music is right
If you see somebody hanging around
Don’t get up right
The only thing we wanna do tonight
Is go round and round
And turn upside down
Come on, let’s get down

So come on, let’s get loose
Don’t hold back
Because it ain’t no use
Hard to keep your feet on the ground
Because when we like to ball it
We only want to get down
What? you say what?
It’s love now…
Just get started
Everybody clap your hands, come on
Everybody have sense…

Written by Lionel Richie, Carlos Rios & Michael Frenchik

9 thoughts on “Lionel Richie – “Dancing On The Ceiling” – The 45 Single

  1. Very entertaining post John. I liked Lionel Richie’s music fairly well up until this song, which began his downhill slide for me. It seemed (as it often does for a lot of artists) that he had just about reached the end of his creative songwriting days, and was now churning out predictable, uninspiring pop crap.

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