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After spending a second week at number 100, it started climbing again. The song reached number 8 during the summer of 1982 and spent a then record-breaking 43 weeks on the Hot 100.A video was recorded specially for Soft Cell's video album Non-Stop Exotic Video Show featuring band members David Ball as a cricketer meeting Marc Almond in a toga on Mount Olympus.which was a commercial flop, failing to chart in either the US or the UK.Before Jones recorded the song, Cobb had offered it to the Standells, whom he managed and produced, but they, according to Nick Talevski, rejected it.A remixed version of the song was issued in 1991, seven years after Soft Cell's dissolution in 1984.The video for the remix, directed by Peter Christopherson of Hipgnosis, features a man pacing at night and dancing with starry apparitions, while Almond sings amongst the stars.
The track's Motown-influenced sound (featuring a fast tempo, horns, electric rhythm guitar and female backing vocals) fit in perfectly with the music favoured by those involved in the UK's Northern Soul club scene of the early 1970s, and Searling popularised the song at the Northern Soul club Va Va’s in Bolton, and later, at Wigan Casino.
On the US chart dated January 16, 1982, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 90.
It appeared to peak at number 64 and fell to number 100 on February 27.
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese landed her stage name by accident when Playboy bosses insisted on a surname for her Dita - and then misspelled her chosen moniker. Dita Von Teese wouldn't be ''caught dead'' smoking a cigarette.
The burlesque dancer often uses fake smoking devices when she is doing her stage show, but would never use a real one because it can ''kill''...Producer Mike Thorne commented that he was surprised by the choice as he had not been impressed by the 1976 version on hearing it, but was impressed by the new arrangement and Almond's sinister vocal: "You could smell the coke on that second, Northern Soul version, it was really so over-ramped and so frantic.