For the movie, see My Own Private Idaho.
"Idaho is pretty mysterious to all of us," he said.
"I know it's a beautiful state, but then I know there's also a lot of crazy right-wingers and all that stuff.
...The song's about all different things.
It's not like a parody of Idaho or anything."
The single was their second Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, at #74.
"Private Idaho" reached number 11 in Australia.
It was the 83rd-biggest Australian hit of 1980.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||74|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100||78|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||5|
- Gus Van Sant heard the song while visiting Idaho in the early 1980s, and later used the song title for his 1991 movie, My Own Private Idaho.
- The song featured in the Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer (1998)
- It is also heard in Noah Hawley's directorial debut Lucy in the Sky (2019).
- The ECHL's Idaho Steelheads used the song as their rink entrance/warmup song through the 2005-2006 hockey season.
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