Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms – 1986

(I Just) Died in Your Arms” is the debut single by the English pop rock band Cutting Crew, released in July 1986 as a single from their debut studio album, Broadcast. The song was written by frontman Nick Van Eede, produced by Terry Brown, John Jansen and the band, and mixed at Utopia Studios in London by Tim Palmer.

The power ballad is the band’s biggest hit, peaking at #1 in the US, Canada, Norway, and Finland, and reaching the top five in the UK, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The words “I just died in your arms tonight” allegedly came to Van Eede while he was having sex with his girlfriend, the French phrase la petite mort, or “the little death”, being a metaphor for orgasm. After writing down his version of the phrase, he later used it as the opening line to the song as well as using it as the chorus.

There were 2 music videos produced. The North American version featured artistic fragmented shots using a model, with the band performing to camera. The UK version was filmed in a studio, both in color as well as black and white, while only the latter had been made available in Apple Music stores, from countries like Canada and Brazil.

On 29 October 2020, Van Eede announced, through Cutting Crew’s official Facebook page, that a remastered HD edition of the “UK version” music video was uploaded to the band’s former Vevo official account on YouTube.

1st released in Britain, the song peaked at #4 on the UK charts in September 1986. Upon its release in the US, the previously unknown band’s debut single shot to #1 on 2 May 1987. It also reached #4 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #24 on Billboard‘s Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and (in a remix version) number 37 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart. The song spent 3 weeks at #1 in Canada.

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