Saturday, June 4, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: ROD STEWART - DA YA THINK I'M SEXY?

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", by Rod Sewart
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" is a 1978 hit song by Rod Stewart. It was written by Stewart and Carmine Appice, and produced by Tom Dowd and is taken from "Blondes Have More Fun" album.

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" spent one week at the top of the British charts in December 1978 and four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, starting 10 February, 1979. It also topped the charts in Australia for two weeks.

The song was criticized by many in the rock press as a betrayal of Stewart's blues-oriented rock roots due to its disco-like arrangement, but Stewart and others were quick to point out that other widely respected artists, such as Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, had also released disco-flavoured songs. It was also alleged that Stewart created the song through partial plagiarism.

Carmine Appice, who played drums on this song told Songfacts: "This was a story of a guy meeting a chick in a club. At that time, that was a cool saying. If you listen to the lyrics, 'She sits alone, waiting for suggestions, he's so nervous...' it's the feelings of what was going on in a dance club. The guy sees a chick he digs, she's nervous and he's nervous and she's alone and doesn't know what's going on, then they end up at his place having sex, and then she's gone."

In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked the song #301 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. A 12" disco single of the song was released in 1978. The song was remixed by disco producer Jim Burgess. it ran one minute longer than the LP version at 6:29, contains two alternate recorded lines, and a heavier bass-enthused drum beat. This disco version has never appeared on CD.

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