"Retro, Dance, Freak" is a song written by Lady Gaga, Rob Fusari (Team Love Child), and Calvin Gaines in September through November of 2006. It was first released on the Japanese and Brazilian pressings of The Fame. It was also released on the deluxe edition of The Fame Monster, in selected countries such as Australia and Poland in place of "Again Again".
Writing and inspiration
The title of the song was used to describe herself on her PureVolume page back in 2006. The name might have also come from the retro sounding dance beat in her earlier songs and her feelings of being a freak when she was younger.
- "Who's that lady? She's 20. She's a songwriter. She is a singer. She's a pianist. And sheez-a-crazy. A RETRO, DANCE, FREAK."
- Both "Retro, Dance, Freak" and "I Like It Rough" are the only two songs from The Fame that Gaga has not performed live.
- Guitar — Tom Kafafian
- Piano and synthesizer — Lady Gaga
- Bass — Calvin "Sci-Fidelity" Gaines
- Additional programming — Calvin "Sci-Fidelity" Gaines
- Recorded — 150 Studios (Parsippany, New Jersey, )
- Mixed — Rob Fusari, Earl Cohen
- Sony/ATV Songs LLC / House of Gaga Publishing LLC (BMI)
- Sony/ATV Tunes LLC / June Bug Alley (ASCAP)
- Promiscuous Publishing (ASCAP)
— TEAM LOVE CHILD —