Album: The History Mix Volume 1 (1985)
Charted: 19 16
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  • Godley & Creme formed when Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc in 1976 after the band's fourth album, How Dare You! As they did in 10cc, they made music that fit their artistic bent, with little regard to song structure or commercial appeal. They also started making music videos and quickly became one of the top directing teams in the burgeoning medium. Their videos for The Police ("Every Breath You Take"), Duran Duran ("Girls On Film"), Herbie Hancock ("Rockit") and Frankie Goes to Hollywood ("Two Tribes") that stretched the boundaries of the new format.
  • Godley & Creme started working on the song around 1978. They had the first verse ("You don't know how to ease my pain...") but nothing else, and every time they tried to work on it they got nowhere. The breakthrough came when they started working with Trevor Horn, the ex-Buggle who was doing production work for the likes of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ABC. The song they attempted didn't work, so Horn asked if they had anything else to play him. They played Horn the bit of "Cry" they had, and Horn loved it. Together, they completed the song, which became Godley & Creme's biggest American hit.
  • This is a very emotional song about a guy whose lover lies, cheats and makes him want to cry. Unlike the 10cc track "I'm Not In Love," which had a real-life lyrical inspiration, "Cry" was not backed by real pain. "The vocal came about simply by writing down a few phrases similar to what we already had," Kevin Godley said in a Songfacts interview. "I was sent into the vocal booth just to sing and try stuff, and then we kind of patchworked it together. It turned into a piece of magic through the process, rather than it being a complete song that was recorded. It was a song that grew from nothing: a seed into a finished record by the processes of actually trying to turn it."
  • The droning sound was created with a Clavia synthesizer played by electronic music specialist JJ Jeczalik, who Trevor Horn brought in. Jeczalik created the soundscape with some samples from the synth, which Godley, Creme and Horn built upon to construct the track.
  • The video was very influential as it was one of the first to sequentially blend numerous faces of different ages and races from one to another as they mimed the lyrics to the song. Godley & Creme directed it themselves, making sure to position the subjects (obtained from the London Ugly Agency) in the same part of the frame.

    The technique used to get from one face to the next is sometimes referred to as "morphing," with it was really just dissolves and soft switcher wipes - technology that had been around for decades. The innovation was the concept.

    "It occurred to us that the song itself is a kind of song that anyone can sing," Godley told Songfacts. "So, we thought, why not do just that? Find a load of interesting faces, including ourselves of course, get them in the studio and get them to lip sync to the song and see what happens, which is precisely what we did."

    He added: "We tried cutting between them and that didn't quite work. We tried dissolving between them, and that worked. In fact, if you watch the video from the beginning, the first few transitions are just basic dissolves. But then we tried - for a laugh really to see what would happen - this thing called a 'soft wipe,' which essentially is a shape - it could be a circle that opens from nothing and takes you to the next shot and the edge of it can be soft or you can wipe from one image to the next, up or down, left or right, again with the soft edge. And we discovered that when we did that, all the way from person A to person B, you would get a person that didn't exist - a 'plus' if you like. And I was like, Whoa, that's really interesting. And sometimes if you did it fast or slow, this sort of person would pop out. So that was the moment, that was the lightbulb going off during the editing process.

    So we just followed that, and we kept trying this face against that face, and so on and so forth, until we found what we felt was the perfect half-person between every transition. It was not exactly an accident, but it was a trial-and-error thing because we were tuned to be looking for something interesting."

    The first real use of morphing in a music video came in 1991 with Michael Jackson's "Black Or White." That one borrowed Godley & Creme's concept of having people of various shapes and colors sing the song, then blend their faces together. Jackson's morph was a very render-intensive digital effect that was stunning at the time.
  • The original plan for the video was to have the English ice skating champions Torvill and Dean skate to the song, but they weren't available.
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Comments: 5

  • Dave from Wheaton, IlWas it Kevin or Lol, who sang the song. Please let us know. Thanx! Also, did they appear themselves, among the morphing faces?
  • Jorg from Utrecht, NetherlandsCry was also produced by Trevor Horn. Godley & Creme helped Trevor to shoot the Two tribes-video of Frankie goes to Hollywood and so Trevor helped Godley & Creme to produce this record. In the videoclip of Cry Trevor appeared as the last person at the very end.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcThe falsetto at the end sounds remarkably like a sampled voice played at increasingly higher pitch.
  • Dormilona from Los Angeles, CaThis fantastic song was featured in second season (1985-86) of "Miami Vice." It was the episode, "Definitely Miami," where Ted Nugent played a psycho drug dealer. And Crockett got his heart broken...again.
  • Carlos from Brooklyn, NyThe rare rock ballad that manages to be poignant, yet dark at the same time. Only question is whether the falsetto at the end is real.
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