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(I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew
Album: BroadcastReleased: 1986Charted:
This was written by Cutting Crew lead singer Nick Van Eede, who told us that it was inspired by a real relationship. Says Nick: "Yes, I cannot tell a lie. It's a song written about my girlfriend (who is actually the mother of my daughter). We got back together for one night after a year apart and I guess there were some fireworks but all the time tinged with a feeling of 'should I really be doing this?' Hence the lyric, 'I should have walked away.' I know it sounds corny but I awoke that morning and wrote the basic lyrics within an hour and wrote and recorded the demo completely within 3 days."
Richard Branson started Virgin Records in England in 1972, but it wasn't until 1987 and the release of Cutting Crew's Broadcast album that Virgin broke through in America. Nick Van Eede talks about his experience with the record company: "We were signed to Siren records which was part of Virgin so we were always a little bit on the outside but it was the '80s and they certainly put their money where their mouth was. We were flown to New York for the initial recordings of the album and this is where we got a great recording of "I've Been In Love Before." Then we were flown to Australia to shoot videos... all a bit crazy really. We gave them their first US #1 with "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" but the company soon outgrew us as music starts were changing in the early '90s. We wrote one slightly veiled song having a pop at US A&R antics in our "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" from The Scattering (1989) album. I sang, 'I got a brick but I can't find a window,' as they continually blocked our album's release for months making us lose so much momentum."
Mika used a great deal of this song on his 2007 track "Relax (Take It Easy)
." Says Nick: "I know as well as any other song writer that these things can happen and its just the way of the composing world. I am completely confident Mika stumbled in to it accidentally and I am proud to be given the co write... Kerching!!!"
This song has been sampled or interpolated by a number of rap and R&B artists. Jay-Z did a remake of the song, and Amerie used it on her track "I Just Died."