Time Warp (song)

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"Time Warp"
Time Warp.jpg
South African single A-side label
Song by
from the album The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Released1975 (1975)
Genre
Length3:18
Composer(s) Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley
Lyricist(s) Richard O'Brien

"Time Warp" is a song featured in the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show , its 1975 film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show , and a 2016 TV production. The song title comes from a dance performed during the chorus of the song.

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The dance

The song is both an example and a parody of the dance song genre, with much of its lyrics consisting of instructions for performing the dance. (Example: "It's just a jump to the left / And then a step to the right / Put your hands on your hips / Bring your knees in tight.") [2]

This dance became one of the major audience participation activities during screenings of the film and live performances of the show. [3] It became a popular song beyond the reaches of the film and show, and is often played at dances and weddings. [4]

The song is in the key of A major. [5]

Placement

The choreography for "Time Warp". How to dance the "Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Pictures Show".gif
The choreography for "Time Warp".

"Time Warp" was the fifth song in the original stage show (after "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "Dammit Janet", "Over at the Frankenstein Place" and "Sweet Transvestite"), but fourth in the film (following "Over at the Frankenstein Place" and preceding "Sweet Transvestite").

Stage productions continued to use the original placement until Richard O'Brien revised the script for the 1990 West End revival in which he moved the song to the film's placement. For reasons of pacing, most productions now follow this order. [6]

The song is reprised briefly at the end of the film, in flashback, and in the stage show it serves as an encore led by Dr. Frank N. Furter. [6]

Charts

Weekly charts

Original Australian cast recording
Chart (1977)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [7] 85
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Chart (1980–81)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [7] 3
Canada (RPM Top Singles)12
Europe (Euro Digital Songs) ( Billboard )16
France20
UK (UK Singles Chart)13
U.S. ( Billboard ) (Hot 100) [8] 29

Year-end charts

Chart (1980)Position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [9] 66
Chart (1981)Position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [10] 27

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [11] Silver200,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Other appearances

The Hillywood Show used the song in a Doctor Who parody, which David Tennant called "extraordinary". [12] [13] [14]

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