Dangerous

Notes

Per: This was written just before Roxette’s first tour in 1987. “She’s armed and she’s extremely dangerous” …inspired by an early ’70s action movie. A nice piece of bubblegum. Marie: Hmm… Per: I know… you never liked it that much. Neither did Don Johnson. He was recording an album at that time, so I sent him “Dangerous”. He sent it back. Marie: Well, yeah… I like the chorus… Per: …but as a whole this is probably more my thing. Back to the Balloon Farm again. Ice cream and funny hats. Marie: It was very big in the US, #2 and just a millimeter from Janet Jackson, who was #1. Per: I didn’t take it personal, Don.

– Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! liner notes, 1995

Inspired by a ’70s action movie, “Dangerous” was originally written for Miami Vice-actor Don Johnson’s debut album. He turned it down, but the setback was forgotten when Roxette’s own version reached the #2 spot in the US. The spoken part in the fade-out says “Due to the exceptional weakness of this song – play loud”.

– The Pop Hits liner notes, 2003

Versions

Per Gessle – Tits & Ass Demo, 11 February 1987

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music

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Per Gessle – Tits & Ass Acoustic Demo, 25 February 1987

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  • Look Sharp!
    • 30th Anniversary Edition 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
    • The Demos 5″ CD

Roxette – EMI Demo, 26–30 September 1987

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music

Available on:

  • Look Sharp!
    • 30th Anniversary Edition 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
    • The Demos 5″ CD

Per: This demo was made in that FourDaysDemoingLookSharp-session in Stockholm in September 1987. Jonas plays fantastic guitar as always. Clair did the programming. My original demo was done in February 1987 with just me + an acoustic guitar in the T&A Studio in Halmstad. I think we played “Dangerous” live at the Rock Runt Riket-tour before it was released on any record. But I'm not sure. Does anyone know???? Turned out to be a huge song for us hitting #1 on the Cashbox-chart in the US and #2 on its competitor, the Billboard-chart. Nowadays, Cashbox is dead and gone! To everything there is a season.

– Roxette Facebook, Friday, 27 September 2013

Roxette – Original Version 3:48

You pack your bag
You take control
You’re moving into my heart and into my soul

Get out of my way!
Get out of my sight!
I won’t be walking on thin ice
To get through the night

Hey, where’s your work?
What’s your game?
I know your business but I don’t know your name…

Hold on tight
You know she a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous

You turn around
So hot and dry
You’re hiding under a halo
Your mouth is alive
Get out of my way!
Get out of my sight!
I’m not attracted to go deeper tonight

Hey, what’s your word?
What’s your game?
I know your business but I don’t know your name…

Hold on tight
You know she a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s armed and extremely dangerous…

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Produced by Clarence Öfwerman
  • Recorded at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in May 1988 by Anders Herrlin and Alar Suurna
  • Mixed by Per Gessle, Alar Suurna and Clarence Öfwerman in 1988
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
  • Acoustic Guitar: Jonas Isacsson
  • Backing Vocals: Anders Herrlin and Clarence Öfwerman
  • Electric Guitar: Jonas Isacsson and Janne Oldaeus
  • Harmonica: Jalle Lorensson
  • Keyboards: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Programming: Anders Herrlin and Clarence Öfwerman

Available on:

  • Look Sharp!
    • Compact Cassette in Case
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • 12″ Vinyl in Sleeve
    • Digital Compact Cassette
    • MiniDisc in Jewel Case
    • Rox Archives Vol. 2 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
    • 30th Anniversary Edition 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
    • 12″ Vinyl
  • It Must Have Been Love
    • 7″ Vinyl in Sleeve
  • The Rox Box
    • CD 1 5″ CD
  • Greatest Hits
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
  • XXX The 30 Biggest Hits
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • Digital Download

Roxette – 7″ Version 3:48

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music

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Roxette – Unplugged at Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden, 9 January 1993 3:13

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Produced by Clarence Öfwerman and Roxette
  • Recorded at Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, 9 January 1993 by Alar Suurna for MTV Unplugged
  • Mixed by Per Gessle, Alar Suurna and Clarence Öfwerman at EMI-Medley Studios, København, Denmark
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
  • Acoustic Guitar: Per Gessle and Jonas Isacsson
  • Tambourine: Pelle Alsing

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Roxette – Live at Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile on 5 May 2012 4:33

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