“(I Just) Died in Your Arms” is the debut single by the English pop rock band Cutting Crew, released on July 25, 1986 as a single from their debut studio album, Broadcast, released in November 1986. (On the B-side was “For The Longest Time”).
“(I Just) Died in Your Arms” 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. Cutting Crew had been founded in London in 1985 by singer Van Eede and Canadian guitarist Kevin MacMichael, from Nova Scotia. The song was a major breakthrough that came early and unexpected, as it was successful worldwide.
The power ballad is Cutting Crew’s biggest hit, peaking at #1 in the US, Canada, Norway, and Finland, and reaching the top 5 in the UK (#), South Africa, West Germany and Switzerland (#4), Sweden and Ireland (#2). It also reached #9 in Austria and #16 in the Netherlands.
The phrase “I just died in your arms tonight” apparently came to Nick Van Eede while he was having intercourse with his girlfriend, referring to la petite mort, or “the little death” in French, as a metaphor for orgasm. The Cutting Crew leader reinterpreted the phrase and used it as the title of the song, as the opening line to the song as well as using it as the chorus.
The official music video was released in 2 versions, for the US and for the UK. The American video 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.
At the time of writing, the official video has almost 150 million views on YouTube, as above.
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) #37 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart. The song spent 3 weeks at #1 in Canada.