Jimmy (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Jimmy


Caption =
Artist = M.I.A.
from Album = Kala
A-side =
B-side =
Released = flagicon|Japan July 2007
flagicon|UK October 1 2007
Genre = Dance, Disco
Length = 3:29
Label = Interscope
XL Recordings
Writer = Maya Arulpragasam, Switch, Bappi Lahiri
Producer = Maya Arulpragasam, Switch
Certification =
Last single = "Boyz" (2007)
This single = "Jimmy" (2007)
Next single = "Paper Planes" (2007)
"Jimmy" is the second single from experimental electronica rap artist M.I.A.'s second album "Kala" (2007), and her first single from the album in Japan. [cite web | title= "Beggars Web JAPAN"| url=http://news.beggarsjapan.com/| date=2007-07-27 | accessdate=2007-07-31] The song was written and produced by Maya Arulpragasam and Switch and released in late July, 2007.

"Jimmy" is a cover of the song "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" sung by Parvati Khan in Hindi from the 1982 Bollywood movie "Disco Dancer", written by Bappi Lahiri. "Jimmy" features different orchestration and beats from the previous version, and original English lyrics written by Arulpragasam. M.I.A. performed the track on BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in 2007.

The single was released in the UK on October 1 in CD single, 7" and 12" formats.In February 2008 the single began to gain traction on the US dance charts, peaking at #28 after five weeks on the chart.

Background

M.I.A. explained that "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" was a track she used to dance to when she was a child. "My mum used to hire me out when I was a kid as a party buffer. It was my track that I used to do my routine to. I had a little tape recorder, and a cloak and a cardboard cut out guitar, and that was my joint."cite web | title= "M.I.A. - Fact Magazine"| url= http://www.factmagazine.co.uk/da/56068 | work = FACTmagazine | accessdate=2007-07-30Dead link|date=September 2008] Describing the recording and writing processes, she revealed that she had already recorded the strings and other parts of the song in India, but initially didn't attempt to do "Jimmy" when she was with co-producer Switch, explaining "I had to be drunk enough to be that disco. It all came together that week." Arulpragasam wrote the song about an invitation she received from the journalist Ben Anderson while working in Liberia, to meet him whilst covering a genocide tour.cite web | title= "Staus Ain't Hood interviews M.I.A."| url= http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/statusainthood/archives/2007/07/status_aint_hoo_28.php | work = The Village Voice | accessdate=2007-08-27] The 70's disco-pop style of the song stands in marked contrast with other songs on "Kala."

"Jimmy" has been covered by the indie pop band Of Montreal.

Music video

The music video for "Jimmy" was directed by childhood friend Nezar Khammal. [ [http://www.colonelblimp.com/directors/nez/ Colonel Blimp - Directors - Nez ] ] It premiered in Japan in July [cite web | title= "SPACE SHOWER MUSIC VIDEO SEARCH (M.I.A. - Jimmy)"| url=http://www.spaceshowertv.com/search/detail.cgi?mu=0062324&ch=0| date=2007-07-31 | accessdate=2007-08-01] , and was premiered elsewhere around the world in August, the month of her second album release "Kala". The music video features M.I.A. dancing with a golden crown on her head, with eleven dancers dressed in yellow in an Indian fashion, all dancing a variation of the Thousand Hand Bodhisattva. Occasionally the video cuts to show M.I.A. dancing by herself and two other girls in a different style of clothing against a white backdrop.

The video has received some airplay on MuchMusic in Canada.

A slightly different version of the music video, using the Dan Carey Radio Mix of the song, was used to promote "Jimmy" in the UK and in Italy.


=Track listings and formatscite web | title= "Jimmy"| url= http://www.xlrecordings.com/mia/release/~jimmy-cd/ | work = XL Recordings | accessdate=2007-09-09] =

UK CD single
#"Jimmy"
#"Jimmy (DJ Eli Remix)"

UK 12" vinyl
#"Jimmy"
#"Jimmy (Instrumental)"
#"Jimmy (DJ Eli Remix)"

UK 7" vinyl
#"Jimmy"
#"What I Got (Ruff Ruff Version)"

iTunes Digital Single
#"Jimmy"
#"Jimmy (Dan Carey Radio Mix)"
#"Jimmy (DJ Eli Remix)"

Charts

References


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