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"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"
Single by Indeep
from the album Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life!
Released February 1982
Format 5" single, 7" single, 12" single
Genre R&B, post-disco, New Wave, dance
Length 5:38
Label Sound of New York
Writer(s) Michael Cleveland
Producer Mike Cleveland, Reggie Thompson
Indeep singles chronology
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"
"When Boys Talk"
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"
Single by Mariah Carey featuring Fabolous and Busta Rhymes
from the album Glitter
Released November 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 6:43 (Album Version)
4:21 (Radio Edit)
4:28 (Video Version)
Label Virgin
Mariah Carey featuring Fabolous and Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"Reflections (Care Enough)"
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"
"Never Too Far/Hero Medley"

"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" is a song written by Michael Cleveland for R&B/dance group Indeep. It features vocals from Reggie and Rose Marie Ramsey, and its protagonists recall how they were bored to death until a DJ played a hot song and saved their lives by giving new energy to the night. The song was released as a single in 1982 and became the most popular and successful hit released by their record label, Sound of New York. In the U.S. "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" reached number ten on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and number two on the Club Singles chart, and it peaked at number thirteen in the United Kingdom. The track appears as the third track of the namesake album released in 1983.

Rolling Stone magazine declared the song "one of the greatest songs ever written about being a girl, listening to the radio or any combination of the two",[1] and in 2005 editors of Blender magazine placed it at number 406 on their "500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" list. The song also provided the inspiration for the title of the book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey (2000). Because of the limited success of Indeep's later releases, the group's first single was their only hit and placed them into the one-hit wonder category of artists. In 2004, UK house/trance music producer Seamus Haji made several popular remixes of the song through his own label, Big Love Records, and released them on a 12" single titled "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (ATFC mixes)". This version reached number thirteen on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Dance chart in 2006.

The song is sampled during Madonna's performance of her song "Music" on her Sticky & Sweet Tour. The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on one of the in-game radio stations which are accessed while driving. It plays on the station called "Fever 105".

Mariah Carey version

American pop/R&B singer Mariah Carey co-produced a cover of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" with DJ Clue and Duro for her tenth album, Glitter. Carey's version of the song features Fabolous and Busta Rhymes, and it is heard during a scene in the film Glitter in which Carey starred. It was released as the album's sixth and final single in 2001 in Spain on a strictly promotional basis to boost the album's slow sales, as the preceding singles from the album had performed poorly. Because of its limited release and conflict between Carey and Virgin Records, the single's music video (directed by Sanaa Hamri) was not released until late 2002/early 2003 through Carey's online fan club.

Covers and other uses

  • The song has also been re-released and remixed a number of times by various DJ's/producers most notably Seamus Haji, Funkagenda, and ATFC.[2] Additionally, house/dance music singer Lula recently released an unrelated song of the same name officially titled Lula feat. Papa Joe - Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (While a DJ Gave Me Trouble) along with a number of remixes on KULT Records. This song reached Number six on the top of the Billboard Magazine Dance Chart.[3]
  • The song appears in the 2006 feature film "Cashback"[1]




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