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Downtown is a pop song composed by Tony Hatch following a first-time visit to New York City. Petula Clark released her first version in late 1964 topping music charts worldwide (with 3 million copies sold in the US alone.

English singer Emma Bunton released "Downtown" in November 2006. The single was selected as the 2006 BBC Children in Need single, with all proceeds from the release going to the charity.

Directed by Harvey & Carolyn, (the directors who also directed her video for her single "Maybe") the sexually suggestive music video for the single is set in a hotel bedroom featuring Bunton as a maid. It includes appearances from contestants from the BBC's reality television show Strictly Come Dancing (the format to which has been sold worldwide under the name Dancing with the Stars) and features cameos from Matt Dawson, Louisa Lytton, Carol Smillie, Spoony, Mark Ramprakash, Claire King, Peter Schmeichel, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Erin Boag, Lilia Kopylova, Karen Hardy, and Darren Bennett. Though the lyrics are innocuous, in the video Bunton's body language clearly twists the song title into a euphemism for sexual activity.

Comments

The Emma Bunton version is witty and delightful - thank you so much for introducing me to it.

A great song...but the Bunton one is an abomination.

"..a euphemism for sexual activity."

Heh. One of the lines being 'The lights are much brighter there...' I can only say: "Not if you're doing it right, Emma..!" :)

There seems to be a bit of contention over Emma Bunton. Is this because of her involvment in the Spice Girls?

There seems to be a bit of contention over Emma Bunton. Is this because of her involvment in the Spice Girls?

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