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Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 30th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1978

DISCO FRIDAY!

R E Q U E S T

“Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” is a song co-written and recorded by Rod Stewart. It was written with Carmine Appice, and produced by Tom Dowd. The song spent one week at the top of the British charts in December 1978 and four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, starting 10 February 1979. It also topped the charts in Australia for two weeks.

Royalties from the song were donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Stewart performed the song at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly in January 1979.

Carmine Appice, who played drums on this song told Songfacts: “This was a story of a guy meeting a chick in a club. At that time, that was a cool saying. If you listen to the lyrics, ‘She sits alone, waiting for suggestions, he’s so nervous…’ it’s the feelings of what was going on in a dance club. The guy sees a chick he digs, she’s nervous and he’s nervous and she’s alone and doesn’t know what’s going on, then they end up at his place having sex, and then she’s gone.”

The song was criticized by many in the rock press as a betrayal of Stewart’s blues-oriented rock roots due to its disco-like arrangement, but Stewart and others were quick to point out that other widely respected artists, such as Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, had also released disco-flavoured songs. It was also alleged that Stewart created the song through partial musical plagiarism. A copyright infringement lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor claimed the song had been derived from his song “Taj Mahal.” The case was “settled amicably” according to Ben. Stewart admits “unconscious plagiarism” of the Ben Jor tune in his 2012 autobiography.

SPECIAL NOTE:
Most copies of the US 12″ include the album track “Scarred And Scared” as the b-side however this pressing contains the Jim Burgess “Special Disco Mix” on both sides. As a special bonus I have included the rare live version of “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” taken from the 1979 “A Gift Of Song” The Music For Unicef Concert album as the b-side. I hope that you like it.

SIDE A:
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (Special Disco Mix) 6:29
Remix – Jim Burgess
Written-By – Carmine AppiceRod Stewart

SIDE B:
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (Music For Unicef Live Version) 6:12
Narrator [Intro] – Henry Winkler
Written-By – C. Appice*, R. Stewart*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1978 Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1978 Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? U.S. Billboard Black Singles #5
1978 Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records – WBSD 8727
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer – Tom Dowd

NOTES:
From the Warner Bros. Album BSK 3261 “Blondes Have More Fun”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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37 Responses to “Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (US 12″)”

  1. publicimage Says:

    1st Thanks! :))))

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    1st you’re welcome! 🙂 )))

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  2. Stefano Says:

    Joehoe!!! Men, this makes me HAPPY. Thanks Paul, I’ll remember this gesture for a long long time.
    Hope the other BTG’ers will like this remix as much as I do.

    Nice weekend everybody.
    Joehoe!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano! I hope you like the added surprise b-side too!

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    Stefano Reply:

    Yes! Never heard that live version. Nice addition to this WONDERFUL post.
    Joehoe!!!

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  3. bigar Says:

    I am really loving your Disco Fridays. Very nice one again. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bigar I’m very happy you are enjoying it 🙂

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  4. Giorgio-Greece Says:

    yes!!!!!!!!!

    i do think you’re sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanx for everything!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    OMG! Giorgio I’m blushing 🙂

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  5. Jermajesty Says:

    thanks Paul! But this is curious. I already have a US 12″ version of this from another site the catalogue number and A-side are the same, however that b-side is “Scarred And Scared”. There’s no sleeve, just record center scans.

    Was it released twice with the same catalogue number???

    BTW, anyone doubting the “unconscious plagiarism” case – just go and listen to Taj Mahal:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0_rQhtKGPA

    …and then go and listen to Bobby Womack’s “If you want my love, put something down on it”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_XBXtkd76k

    and then tell me how unconscious you’d have to be to not notice you’d used TWO people’s songs for your own track. 😀 😀

    Great song though, one of my faves of all time.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty. This record was miss pressed and contained the “Special Disco Mix” on both sides. So I added the “Live Version” from the 1979 The Music For Unicef Concert: A Gift Of Song” album. Read the “Special Notice” above in the description.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Ahh.. sorry. Friday night… caught up in the excitement!

    BTW, this is the greatest image of Rod Stewart of all time.
    http://www.davidsteen.co.uk//static/img/c/main/rod_lipstick_steen.jpg
    Do ya think I’m sexy indeed!

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  6. John Wilson Says:

    Paul

    You are an absolute star. Just found your site and love it. Takes me back to the glorious days of my clubbing youth.

    Great job and keep up the good work

    John

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very happy to have as part of the BTG gang John 🙂

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  7. Tyson Says:

    Great choice, Paul! Thank you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Tyson!

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  8. Robert Says:

    Thanks ..great song

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  9. brand0 Says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing (and for previous posting too).

    A quick question about the Live version, I read somewhere that it would actually be the studio version with the added intro from the concert and crowd noises at the start and ending.
    Either way the “Live” versions on the Gift of Song album are at least studio enhanced…

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    I myself thought that the music sounded remarkably similar to the studio version. 😀 None of the extra flourishes you’d expect from a live band.

    Could it be that it was a live performance somewhere, but Rod sang over a backing track (like they do on TV shows sometimes)?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I never noticed that it was studio enhanced before until it was brought up on this post. I guess because the only track I ever listened to was Olivia’s tracks lol. But I think you are somewhat correct.

    Here is the video of the performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1-aT_8zGKY

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    That’s interesting coz it’s obviously the same vocal as on the vinyl, except the performance ends after about 3 1/2 mins, whereas the vinyl has extra verses and chorus. Maybe done in studio later, or maybe taken from a rehearsal?

    Watching that video makes me think this wasn’t the most appropriate song to sing at a children’s charity, against a backdrop of impoverished infants! 😀 Oh, the 70s.

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  10. David Lynch Says:

    …something tells me that you’re highly inspired! 🙂

    please accept our sincere and huge thanks for this great post 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so much David I am inspired 🙂

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  11. willys Says:

    the best

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Willys 🙂

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  12. feanor Says:

    thanks so much, have this but it’s almost unplayable! don’t have the live version, and i’m very, very grateful!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Feanor 🙂

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  13. DJ FA Says:

    Great ! thx !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome DJ FA!

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  14. george e. Says:

    Thanks for the Sexy Weekend, Paul! Never heared the live version before, I like surprises like this! Cheers!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are very welcome George E. 🙂

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  15. ric Says:

    Another Disco Friday treat!
    Thanks Paul!
    Despite this spending a week at #1 in the UK, the backlash did come as Rod is seen as a leering perv with this song.
    The eight years leading that, Rod had only missed the UK Top 10 just twice! And in the next three years following that, Rod would only hit the Top 20 three times. It will only be in 1983 when he finally returned to the summit with Baby Jane.
    Speaking of the UNICEF album, Paul, do you know if and when Rest Your Love On Me was released as a single? The album version was in Andy Gibb’s 1980 album, but was it released as a single before that?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Ric Olivia & Andy Gibb released “Rest Your Love on Me” in 1980 in Europe, Japan, South America and there is a US 12″ Promo as well.

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  16. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. This is a welcome upgrade from a previous version I had. Any chance of upgrading the 12″ for Passion if you get the chance. Cheers from Down Under.

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  17. Fede Says:

    Hi dear Paul, wonderful blog! thanks.

    Do you have this? Rod Stewart – Lost in you (extended version) thanks in advance

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  18. Grant Says:

    So wonderful to find this – thank you Paul!

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  19. larry Says:

    graciass

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