(I Just) Died in Your Arms
|"(I Just) Died in Your Arms"|
|Single by Cutting Crew|
|from the album Broadcast|
|B-side||"For The Longest Time"|
|Released||July 25, 1986 (UK)
January 1, 1987 (U.S.)
|Recorded||March - June 1986|
|Length||4:41 (Album Version)
|Writer(s)||Nick Van Eede|
|Cutting Crew singles chronology|
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" is a song written by Nick Van Eede and introduced by his band, Cutting Crew, in 1986. It was their biggest hit, peaking at number-one in the United States, Canada and Finland, and reaching the top five in the UK, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. It was produced by Terry Brown and mixed at Utopia Studios by Tim Palmer.
Background and writing
The actual words "I just died in your arms tonight" originally 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 two 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 both in color as well as in black and white in a film studio.
First released in Britain, the song peaked at #4 on the UK charts in August 1986. Upon its release in the United States, the previously unknown band's debut single shot to number one on May 2, 1987, and stayed there for two weeks. 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 three weeks at #1 in Canada.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||8|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||9|
|Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)||19|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||1|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||4|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||50|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||9|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||4|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||24|
Covers and samples
- Covered in 1989 by Savage
- Covered in 1995 by Canadian freestyle artist Joée, who returned the song to #1 in Canada but only cracked the U.S. Hot 100
- Covered in 1999 by Finnish Gothic metal band To/Die/For
- Covered in 2000 by Nu Metal band Acrylic
- Covered in 2001 by English rock band Smokie
- Covered in 2002 by German band Resource
- Covered in 2007 by Northern Kings
- Covered in 2008 by Trust Company
- Covered in 2009 by David Cook during his Declaration Tour
- Covered in 2010 by Jason Donovan for his 80s covers album "Soundtrack of the 80s".
- Covered in 2010 by Australian metal band Lord and included a cover on their 2010 EP "Return of the Tyrant"
- Covered in 2011 by Charlie Simpson
- Covered in 2011 by American metal band DEAD SEASON on the album "The Negative NUMBers"
- Covered in 2012 by Lakyn Heperi on his album "Better Than That"
- Covered in 2012 by Throw the Fight on the album "What Doesn't Kill Us"
- Covered in 2013 by Milk Inc on Q-music radio station
- Covered in 2013 by Rose de la Punk
- Covered in 2013 by Bastille, appearing on the compilation album 'Virgin Records: 40 Years Of Disruptions'.
- Melody is sampled in Mika's "Relax, Take It Easy"
- Rihanna referenced the line in her song SOS: "Take me on, I could just die up in your arms tonight"
- Covered by Canadian rock band Faber Drive as a b-side for their debut album Seven Second Surgery
- The synthesizer in the background can be heard sped up in the Ya Boy single "Holla at Ya Boy" (2007).
- Interpolated into/a source of inspiration for the Amerie song "I Just Died"
- Interpolated in track "Died in Your Arms" by Smitty featuring T-Pain, produced by DJ Felli Fel
- Interpolated in track "I Just Died in Your Arms" by Jay-Z (original lyrics from "Moment of Clarity")
- Sampled in many posthumous Tupac Shakur remixes
- Remixed by Speedcore artist m1dlet in 2010
- Remixed by Dubstep artist Dingle in 2012
- Remixed by Crooked I in 2007 as part of the Hip Hop Weekly series
- Remixed by Go Mental (Jon Kyriacou aka DJ Kaos) in 1996, 1997 & 1999 (for the eurodance compilation Dancemania Speed 2)
- The Goth rock band Dommin has covered it during live shows, and it is a track on the special edition of their debut album Love Is Gone
- Scottish Hip-Hop artist Werd (S.O.S) samples the song in his track "Died in Your Arms" on his mixtape Werd - Rap Re-Mixtape Vol.2
- Melody sampled in DJ Bobo's "Where Is Your Love"
- Melody sampled in Britney Spears's "Hold It Against Me"
- Melody sampled in Pixie Lott's "Coming Home" featuring Jason Derülo
- Covered by Russian singer Данко ru:Фадеев, Александр Валерьевич - "Я умру без твоей любви"
- Melody sampled in Romeo Miller's "Hug Me Forever"
- Sampled by Sunspot Jonz for his track "Ghostworld" on the album "Don't Let Em Stop You".
- The Mend performed a mashup of "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and "Written in the Stars" for their semi-final performance on Britain's Got Talent in 2012.
- Dead Celebrity Status song What Have We Become contain samples
In popular culture
The song was made available for download on August 7, 2012 to play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards. It also can be heard on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the radio station Emotion 98.3.
- Bronson, Fred (2001). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. Retrieved January 25, 2007.
- Music video in MyVideo.de
- "Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- Belgian peak
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
- "Cutting Crew: (I Just) Died in Your Arms" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Charts.org.nz – Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms". Top 40 Singles.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Cutting Crew search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms". VG-lista.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms". Singles Top 60.
- "Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
- Video on YouTube
- The Mend, Britain's Got Talent 2012 Semi-final performance. youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Cj7r-_R5U.