All Fall Down (Ultravox song)

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"All Fall Down"
Single by Ultravox
from the album U-Vox
B-side "Dreams?"
"All Fall Down (Instrumental)"
Released 19 November 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 05:07
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Billy Currie
Producer(s) Ultravox
Ultravox singles chronology
"Same Old Story"
(1986)
"All Fall Down"
(1986)
"All in One Day"
(1987)

"All Fall Down" is the second single from Ultravox's 1986 album U-Vox, released on 19 November 1986.

The song's lyrics carry a strong anti-war sentiment. The Chieftains also guest-performed on All Fall Down.

Structure[edit]

The song consists of two verses and an instrumental theme. It has no (sung) chorus. After the first verse, the theme is introduced and repeated one time. After the second verse, the theme is played as a coda and repeated for about 3 minutes, then faded out. The first and the last note of the theme are identical. In the coda, different from the introduction, the theme begins again with the last note of the preceding repetition; i.e. the theme actually never ends since, when the last note has been played, the next repetition has already begun.

Release details[edit]

The B-side is "Dreams?", an ambient medley with a spoken-word part near the end, asking questions about dreams. Midge Ure has since stated that he recorded this straight from a radio show.

The single came with a free bonus single with a live version of All Fall Down, performed at Wembley Arena in November 1986. From the same concert is a live version of U-Vox track "Dream On" as the b-side.

"All Fall Down" peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

  1. "All Fall Down" – 5:07
  2. "Dreams?" – 2:30

12" version[edit]

  1. "All Fall Down (Extended Mix)" – 7:40
  2. "Dreams?" – 2:30
  3. "All Fall Down (Instrumental)" – 5:34

7" bonus single[edit]

  1. "All Fall Down (Live)" – 5:36
  2. "Dream On (Live)" – 3:47

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