‘Saltburn’ puts Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ back on the map 22 years later

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Since it arrived on Prime Video in the middle of Christmas, we knew that Satlburn would cause a sensation. Emerald Fennell’s new movieA promising young woman), starring Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordihas lovers and detractors, but it also has a super cool final scene in which one of its protagonists he comes out naked and dancing Murder On The Dancefloor, the song of Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

We do not know if with Murder On The Dancefloor the same thing will happen as with Running Up that Hill of Kate Bush after appearing in the series Stranger Things, but what is certain is that something is happening with the song. On New Year’s Eve, Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s hit made its first appearance on Spotify’s global list with 1,428 million views (position 130 out of 200), although as of January 2 it had dropped to position 159. It is also noteworthy one of the 200 most Shazamed songs of the week, ranking 27th.

22 years later, Saltburn has made this song that mixes pop and electronics and has an ultra seductive rhythm back into fashion. The song was included on the British singer’s first album, titled Read My Lips (Polydor, 2001) and its lyrics are pure hedonism: music should never stop, no matter what happens on the dance floor, even if it is a murder. The theme perfectly reflects, therefore, the essence that filmmaker Emerald Fennell wanted to give to this film.

What Sophy Ellis-Bextor thinks

A few days ago, the author of the song herself spoke about the final scene of the film. Speaking to People magazine, the singer commented that she wasn’t really prepared to see how she would look visually. “Whenever your music is used, you get a little synopsis beforehand,” but she was eager to see how the scene would ultimately turn out: “Seeing it written as a premise is different. I mean, Barry really gave it his all. And for almost 10 minutes, too! All the song!”.

“This little synopsis described how the character would dance, but it didn’t have any context. I have a pretty quirky sense of humor anyway, so I thought, I have to see how this plays out,” he said. “I didn’t know exactly what role she would play in the film until I saw it at the screening, but I loved it,” the artist concluded.

To congratulate her followers on the New Year, the artist has uploaded a very funny imitation of the final scene of Saltburn. Meanwhile, the artist continues to present her latest album, HANA, released last summer and which features singles like Breaking the circle or Lost in the sunshine. Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be touring Europe in early 2024 with The Kitchen Disco Tour, on a lot of dates that you can check on their official website.

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About Saltburn

Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan) finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), who invites him to Saltburn, the sprawling estate of his eccentric family. to spend a summer never seen before. Saltburn It is a story of frustrations, betrayal and envy and tells a story as grotesque as it is addictive.

Saltburn It is one of the 40 best films of 2023 for the los40.com editorial team. When the trailer came out, many thought it was the heartstopper by Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan and at the end, the disappointment was capital. However, despite the fact that the plot has fissures, it does boast memorable moments that are worth highlighting and precisely the final scene with the Sophie Ellis-Bextor theme is one of the most incredible in the film.


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