https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dance_Away&oldid=950249423, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 April 2020, at 01:18. Released in April 1979, it was the second single to be taken from their album Manifesto, and became one of the band's most famous songs, reaching number 2 in the UK and spending a total of 14 weeks on the charts, the longest chart residency of a Roxy Music single. Chronology be damned. (Above: video of Ferry performing “Bitter-Sweet” live.). Transparently, the use of “Mir ist so nach dir” echoes the British TV dramatist Dennis Potter’s deploying of “cheap songs” as a kind of 1930s equivalent of psalmistry in his groundbreaking 1978 miniseries Pennies From Heaven. Composer Mischa Spoliansky and lyricist Marcellus Schiffer’s jaunty, oompah-ing dance band number, sung by Leo Monosson, who was fronting Paul Godwin’s Jazz Symphony Orchestra, was recorded in 1930. What the heck? As with their next single "Angel Eyes", the single version of "Dance Away" replaced the album version in subsequent releases. She sets a frying pan alight and flings it into the sink, whereupon Gereon, half asleep and head bowed, appears in the doorway. Weimar’s cultural flourishing—in tandem with its decadence—and mordant view of desire is epitomized in Episode 10 of by the performance of Bryan Ferry onstage at Moka Efti, the cabaret club favored by the aspiring detective Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries)—who sometimes works as a prostitute in its basement brothel. They have been secret lovers for 10 years—her husband Anno having never returned from World War I. It was then planned for inclusion on his 1978 album The Bride Stripped Bare, but again was not included. It was then planned for inclusion on his 1978 album The Bride Stripped Bare, but again was not included. Whereas Helga, after a night of lovemaking, dreams of dancing with Gereon, Arthur Parker (Bob Hoskins)—Pennies’ perpetually randy sheet-music salesman–lip-syncs to “The Clouds Will Soon Roll By” after being denied early-morning sex by his prudish wife (Gemma Craven). The series takes place in 1929. While the 1999 re-mastered version of the "Manifesto" album restored the original version of "Angel Eyes",[4] it still retained the single mix of "Dance Away" in place of the original, making the Thrill of It All box set the only release on which the LP version of the song could be found, until the release of the box set The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 in 2012. Few TV series now dare to experiment with the non-naturalistic drama that was Dennis Potter’s legacy, while the influence of Brecht and Weill on Roxy Music’s illustrious first five albums has too rarely been acknowledged. She wakes in bed, flings back the covers, and shimmies into the kitchen. "EveryHit - biggest selling singles of the 1970s". “We’ll find a silver lining,” he mouths, hoping she’ll be in the mood next time. Helga Rath (Hannah Herzsprung) and Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), their rooms flooded with morning sunlight, do an impromptu goofy dance to “Mir ist so nach dir” (translated in the subtitles as “I’m in the mood for you.”). Bryan Ferry in 'Babylon Berlin' | © Netflix, Volker Bruch and Hannah Herzsprung in ‘Babylon Berlin’. Music video by Bryan Ferry performing Don't Stop The Dance. Specifically, “Mir ist so nach” is an ironic counterpart to Potter’s use of Harry Woods and Billy Hill’s “The Clouds Will Soon Roll By,” as recorded by Ambrose and His Orchestra with vocals by Elsie Carlisle in 1932. Dressed in lingerie (though not much of it) and made-up as they are, the two women could have walked right into the more risqué scenes in Babylon Berlin—or, for that matter, into one of 1929 Berlin’s naughtier clubs. Babylon Berlin’s “Mir ist so nach dir” dance comes out of the blue—a refreshing romantic and comic moment in a series that primarily depicts political upheaval and murderous intrigue in the waning years of the Republic. The days of the Weimar Republic are numbered and everyone is letting their hair down. Angel Eyes (Rock Version) on Viva Roxy Music! "Dance Away" was originally written by Bryan Ferry for his 1977 solo album In Your Mind, but did not make the final track listing. It was finally completed and released on Roxy Music's Manifesto, the band's first studio album in four years.[2]. Unlike Pennies’ characters, Helga and Gereon don’t lip-sync to the lyrics; instead they express their emotions through their dancing. With Anno officially proclaimed dead, Helga has moved from Cologne to Berlin (her adolescent son in tow) to live openly with Gereon. #BryanFerry #DontStopTheDance #Vevo A lavish theater production of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928) meanwhile plays a crucial role in Babylon Berlin‘s Episode 14, in which the most famous bar from “The Ballad of Mackie Messer” (reinterpreted as “Mack the Knife” in 1954) is on everyone’s lips. Testifying to the influence of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill on Ferry’s songwriting, “Bitter-Sweet” is an homage to them as much as “Mir ist so nach dir” is an homage to Potter. Something weird and wonderful happens at the start of Episode 10 of Babylon Berlin. The show’s creators—Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, and Hendrik Handloegten—should be applauded for these gambits. Intercut with shots of Charlotte twigging there are corrupt officials sitting upstairs in Moka Efti are shots of Ferry crooning “Bitter-Sweet.” Artfully selected for the episode, this Ferry-Andy Mackay composition from the fourth Roxy Music album Country Life (1974) is a melancholic love lament, full of Sturm und Drang, in which Ferry suddenly rasps out a sardonic German verse about love’s renewability. They do a bit of peekaboo, then flit around the kitchen table before waltzing into the living room, their enthusiasm making up for their lack of finesse. [3] It did make it to number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart and held that position for one week. Chronology be damned. The brilliant choices of “Mir ist so nach” and “Bitter-Sweet” add a playful post-modern element to Babylon Berlin, allowing it to become a receptacle of ideas and allusions without interrupting its flow. Helga is not Gereon’s wife but his sister-in-law. Adding to “Bitter-Sweet”’s lore, the German words in it were translated for Ferry by Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald, the German models who posed for the cover of Country Life. The single version was a different shorter edit and mix compared to the original album version. It was finally completed and released on Roxy Music's Manifesto, the band's first studio album in four years. Although it did not make number 1, it became the ninth biggest selling single in the UK in 1979. The series takes place in 1929. It’s Helga who gets things rolling. Composer Mischa Spoliansky and lyricist Marcellus Schiffer’s jaunty, oompah-ing dance band number, sung by Leo Monosson, who was fronting Paul Godwin’s Jazz Symphony Orchestra, was recorded in 1930. It’s Ferry’s Marlene Dietrich moment. The song is not on the radio or on the gramophone but in Helga’s head and on the soundtrack—in fact, she dreams the whole routine, having woken in an ecstatic mood. "Dance Away" is a song by the English rock band Roxy Music. "Dance Away" was originally written by Bryan Ferry for his 1977 solo album In Your Mind, but did not make the final track listing.