Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (1982)
- 80's score: 2.16
- Genre(s): Post disco
“Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” is a song written by Michael Cleveland for American group Indeep. It features ...
“Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” is a song written by Michael Cleveland for American group Indeep. It features vocals from Réjane “Reggie” Magloire and Rose Marie Ramsey.
The lyrics tell the story of a woman who is bored alone at home. She wants to speak to her man, but cannot reach him and considers leaving him, until a DJ plays a hot song and thereby saves her life. In the second verse, she leaves home, but does not reach her destination. The sound of squeaky wheels suggests she has an accident, but is saved by a DJ playing a good song on the radio.
The song was mixed by Michael Jay at Eastern Artists Recording Studio, East Orange, NJ, and released as a single in 1982, becoming the most popular and successful hit released by its record label, Sound of New York/Becket Records. In the U.S. “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” reached number ten on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and number two on the Club Singles chart, but could only bubble under the main Hot 100, where black crossover had become very difficult in the early 1980s as a result of the anti-disco backlash. In February 1983, it peaked at number thirteen in the United Kingdom, and in March 1983 at number two in the Dutch Top 40 and the Belgium Ultratop 50. It also made number 5 in Switzerland, number 12 in Austria and number 25 in New Zealand. In West Germany, it made it to number 10. 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,” and, in 2005, editors of Blender magazine placed it at number 406 on its 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list. The song also provided the inspiration of 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 its only major hit and placed it into the one-hit wonder category of artists.