Acceptable in the 80s

Acceptable in the 80s

Infobox single
Name = Acceptable in the 80s

Artist = Calvin Harris
from Album = I Created Disco
B-side = "Love for You"
Released = March 12 2007 (UK) March 15 2007 (USA)
Recorded = 2007
Format = CD single
Genre = Electronica, New Wave
Length = 3:35 (Radio edit)

5:35 (Full length version)
Label = Sony/Columbia
Last single = "Vegas" (2007)
This single = "Acceptable in the 80s" (2007)
Next single = "The Girls" (2007)

"Acceptable in the 80s" is a 2007 song by electronic musician Calvin Harris. The video is about the style and culture of the 1980s.


The music video features many references of the time; the stereotypical large hairstyles, bright dayglo colours and bizarrely, scientists dissecting what appears to be an otter, products of which are used by a hair stylist, TV chef, and to heal a grazed knee. The video is directed by Woof Wan-Bau.

The song has been used to advertise the third series of Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show, and extensively on E4 as well as celebratory programmes for the tenth birthday of five, the London Marathon on BBC1 show boating on Soccer AM and also on Match of the Day 2. The song became Harris' first hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at the #10 position on the UK Singles Chart.The song is also used in the video game Dancing Stage Universe, an Xbox 360 game which came out in 2007.The song was also used by Editors for a cover on Radio 1's Live Lounge."Acceptable in the 80s" was used as the opening theme for Germany's Next Topmodel, Cycle 3. It is also used in a Norwegian commercial for Miami Vice on Viasat4. In addition, the Canadian telecommunications company Telus has used the song to advertise smartphones.The track is also featured prominently in Top Spin 3, on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Track listing

Maxi CD

# "Acceptable in the 80s" (radio edit) - 3:35
# "Love for You" - 3:53
# "Acceptable in the 80s" (full length version) - 5:35
# "Acceptable in the 80s" (Tom Neville remix) - 7:13


# "Acceptable in the 80s" (Tom Neville remix)
# "Acceptable in the 80s"
# "Acceptable in the 80s" (Glimmers remix)


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