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Social Dancing

Social Dancing
Studio album by Bis
Released 22 March 1999 (Scotland)
10 August 1999 (US)
Recorded Apollo Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
Genre Britpop, indie rock, indie pop, electropop
Length 42:30
Label Wiiija
Producer Andy Gill
Bis chronology
Social Dancing
Play Some Real Songs: the Live Album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link
Rolling Stone Aug 1999
Robert Christgau link

Social Dancing is the second studio album by the Scottish musical trio Bis.


  • Track listing 1
  • Additional musicians 2
  • Production 3
  • Charts 4
  • References 5

Track listing

  1. "Making People Normal"  – 2:28
  2. "I'm A Slut"  – 2:44
  3. "Eurodisco"  – 4:41
  4. "Action And Drama"  – 2:29
  5. "Theme From Tokyo"  – 2:40 (by Bis & Virgin Stigma)
  6. "The Hit Girl"  – 3:01
  7. "Am I Loud Enough?"  – 3:12
  8. "Shopaholic"  – 2:41
  9. "Young Alien Types"  – 3:11
  10. "Detour"  – 4:58 (by Bis & Lois Maffeo)
  11. "Sale Or Return"  – 2:58 (by Bis & John Cacavas)
  12. "It's All New"  – 3:21
  13. "Listen Up"  – 2:20
  • This is the UK & USA CD release, it matches the UK & USA 12" release.
  • The Japanese release adds the songs "Germfree Adolescents" (originally by X-Ray Spex) and "Famous (Andy Gill Version)" to the end.
  • "Action and Drama" contains a sample of "New Breed" by the Mackenzies
  • "Theme from Tokyo" contains a sample of "Groupie Girl" by Virgin Stigma
  • "Sale or Return" contains a sample of "Agent Who" by John Cacavas

Additional musicians

  • Lois Maffeo - vocals on "Detour"
  • Vincent Flaming - violin on "Theme from Tokyo"
  • Alan Mason - violin on "Theme from Tokyo"
  • Helen Mosherry - cello on "Theme from Tokyo"
  • Martin Wiggins - viola on "Theme from Tokyo"
  • Andy Gill — occasional guitar and keyboards
  • Rik Flick — occasional guitar and keyboards
  • Richie Dempsey - drum kit sample


  • Produced by: Andy Gill
  • Recorded by: Rik Flick
  • Additional Engineering by: Jason Famous
  • Mixed by: Bob Kraushaar
  • Recorded at: Apollo Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mixed at: Soul II Soul, London, England


Chart (1999) Peak
Japan Oricon Album Chart[1] 60
UK Albums Chart[2] 161


  1. ^ "Japan: Album positions". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "UK Chartlog". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
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