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  • Writer's pictureIan Bennett

Unveiling the Untold Story: How Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Hit, 'Murder On The Dancefloor' was intended to be released by the New Radicals!

Updated: Mar 8

The New Radicals Album
The New radicals

In a surprising revelation, Gregg Alexander, the frontman of New Radicals, recently disclosed that 'Murder On The Dancefloor' was initially slated to be the band's debut single instead of their iconic anthem 'You Get What You Give'. This fascinating twist in music history sheds light on the journey of a song that almost remained unheard.

Alexander, credited as a co-writer and co-producer of Ellis-Bextor's 2001 hit, shared insights into the song's origin during a candid interview. Recalling the dilemma he faced between the two tracks, he expressed his sentiments, labeling 'Murder' as a "monster" and 'You Get What You Give' as a "masterpiece". Ultimately, the latter prevailed, catapulting New Radicals to fame with its profound message encapsulated in a five-minute melody.

Sophie Ellis Bexter - Murder on the Dancefloor
Sophie Ellis Bexter

Despite 'Murder On The Dancefloor' narrowly missing its chance as New Radicals' debut, fate intervened when Alexander's demo found its way to Sophie Ellis-Bextor post the band's dissolution. Collaborating on the unfinished tune, the duo embarked on a creative journey that yielded several Top 10 hits.

Alexander reminisced about the recording process at Mayfair Studios, London, where the infectious rhythm of 'Murder On The Dancefloor' captivated onlookers. He affectionately recalled witnessing people dancing to the tune in the studio corridors, a testament to its undeniable allure.

Now, with the song experiencing a resurgence, Alexander took to sharing a snippet of the 'Murder On The Dancefloor' demo, offering fans a glimpse into the song's alternate destiny. His message accompanying the preview expressed gratitude to Ellis-Bextor for championing the song and bringing it to life.

As 'You Get What You Give' solidified New Radicals' place in music history, Ellis-Bextor's journey with 'Murder On The Dancefloor' underscores the unpredictable nature of success. For her, the unexpected resurgence of the song in America signifies a new chapter in her storied career, one defined by embracing momentum and seizing opportunities.

As fans delve into the untold story behind 'Murder On The Dancefloor', they're reminded of the intricate web of creativity and collaboration that shapes the landscape of music. Sophie Ellis-Bextor's rendition of the song serves as a testament to the transformative power of art and the enduring legacy of timeless melodies.


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