To celebrate the 60th anniversary of David Rose’s undeniable big band hit ‘The Stripper’, the team at Verve Records commissioned a new video that features CGI aliens enjoying the song’s dazzling horn suite as they traverse a lunar desert landscape.
The video is one of the first fully animated character music videos created using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 (UE5) software, the world’s most advanced 3D authoring tool.
Rose was born in London but raised in Chicago and was best known for his work on film scores and television soundtracks, and he came up with the idea for ‘The Stripper’ in 1958 while working on the score of a televised tribute to the history of burlesque. The song was scrapped and forgotten for four years, until Rose’s label, MGM, needed a B-side for a new song by him, “Ebb Tide.”
MGM insisted on releasing the new track as soon as possible, and since Rose was out of town when they made the decision, the label assigned an office boy to sort through Rose’s early recordings and unreleased tapes. He came across “The Stripper” and the song took on a life of its own, topping the Billboard charts for a week in 1962. Additionally, the song was certified gold and was ranked by Billboard as the #5 song in 1962.
The song has maintained a rich history in film and television since its release, and has virtually become the defining anthem for playful strip scenes in movies. The song is featured in scenes from the movies the scarecrow and Slap shot. The track also appears in the soundtrack of movies like The full Monty and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
The track was also used on Matching game when Gene Rayburn or one of the panelists started “getting angry”. Professional wrestler Rick Rude used a version for his entrance and stripping routine in the WWF, and Motley Crue used “The Stripper” to introduce the show on their 1987 Girls, Girls, Girls Tour.
Listen to The Stripper.