Dirty Vegas perform “Days Go By” with the legendary Bootsy Collins at Dancestar USA. They were going to be Dirty Harry, but Time Warner made it clear that it wouldn’t make their day at all if these punks took the name of their film franchise in vain. In the early hours they ended up drunk in a West End casino (this is nothing out of the ordinary for these boys; what was unusual, they say, is that for once Paul was winning). They wanted to stay Dirty by name as well as nature, and as they stood watching the wheel spinning, one of them came up with Vegas.
So let’s talk Dirty. Let’s talk about three club faces who went into the studio just to see what they could do together and came up with ‘Days Go By’, a lush song about love and loss they thought might have underground potential, but little more: ‘No one was playing tracks with vocals then.’ So it came as a surprise when Pete Tong played it on his Radio One show for 12 weeks running. When Parlophone not only signed up the single but wanted an album to follow. When the song crashed the UK top 30 in May 2001. When Mitsubishi Cars picked up the track for their influential advertising campaign in the US and suddenly it was being played on every TV channel, every local radio station across America. It’s a fairytale story of overnight success. It’s every band’s dream. Except, at first, Dirty Vegas weren’t really a band at all.
Paul Harris, Steve Smith and Ben Harris are three lads from Kent and the South London suburbs with very different musical backgrounds, united by a shared passion for house music and for that brief, heady time after the acid house explosion when all the old barriers came down and musically, almost anything seemed possible.
Dirty Vegas are a proper band now, a tight unit looking forward to touring their music live. ‘We can’t wait to do it!’ says Steve. ‘They’re our songs. And the idea that there might be some kid on a skateboard in Arkansaw right now hearing “Days Go By”. How great is that?’
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William Earl “Bootsy” Collins (born October 26, 1951) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins’s driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk. Collins is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic