Blood and Honey

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"Blood and Honey"
Single by Amanda Lear
from the album I Am a Photograph
B-side "She's Got the Devil in Her Eyes"
Released December 1976
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1976
Genre Euro disco
Length 4:45
Label Ariola Records
Writer(s) Anthony Monn, Amanda Lear
Producer(s) Anthony Monn
Amanda Lear singles chronology
"La Bagarre"
(1975)
"Blood and Honey"
(1976)
"Tomorrow"
(1977)

"Blood and Honey" is a song performed by French singer Amanda Lear, released as a single in 1976 by Ariola Records and later included on her debut album I Am a Photograph. The song was a chart success in Europe and now remains one of Lear's trademark hits.

Background[edit]

The song was composed and produced by Anthony Monn, who would remain Amanda Lear's musical partner for the next five years. The lyrics were written by Amanda Lear herself and were inspired by Salvador Dalí's 1927 painting Honey Is Sweeter Than Blood (La miel es más dulce que la sangre).[1]

"Blood and Honey" was released in December 1976. The B-side of the 7" single was "She's Got the Devil in Her Eyes", in fact an instrumental version of "Blood and Honey" and a line taken from the chorus of the song. On the 12" version, released in the English-speaking countries, an extended, almost 9 minute-long mix of "Blood and Honey" was included. An alternative extended version was released in the USA.

Amanda Lear promoted the song by numerous TV performances, among others Discoring in Italy.[2] The single was met with a chart success in 1977, becoming Lear's first notable hit and one of her most popular songs of the disco era. The song was then included as the opening track on her debut album I Am a Photograph.

In 1998 the song was re-recorded for the album Back in Your Arms. The original song was subsequently remixed and released on a single to promote the compilation Amanda '98 – Follow Me Back in My Arms, in fact a re-worked edition of Back in Your Arms. In the same year, the 7" single cover picture was used on the cover of The Collection album. In 2000, the song inspired the title of the compilation Made of Blood & Honey.

Music video[edit]

Amanda Lear shot a music video for "Blood and Honey" for a German TV show Musikladen. It pictures the singer dancing and performing the title song against a big painting. Two backup dancers accompany her, with their faces painted white.[3] The music video was released on a 3-DVD box set Das beste aus dem Musikladen Vol. 1 in 2012, together with ten other videos that Lear made for Musikladen.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • German artist Fancy covered the song on his 1985 album Get Your Kicks.[14]
  • In 2006 Spanish singer Pedro Marín covered the song on his record Diamonds, a tribute album including interpretations of Amanda Lear's tracks.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lear, Amanda (1985). My Life with Dalí. London: Virgin Books. p. 267. ISBN 0-86369-095-5. 
  2. ^ "VIDEOGRAPHY 1977 by Salvo Guercio". amandalear_tv.tripod.com. web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Amanda Lear Blood And Honey". YouTube. www.youtube.com. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Various Artists - Das beste aus dem Musikladen, Vol. 1 3 DVDs: Amazon.de: Roger Whittaker, The Manhattans, The Jacksons, Diverse: Filme & TV". Amazon.de (in German). www.amazon.de. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  5. ^ "BLOOD & HONEY 1976 Germany". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "BLOODAND HONEY 1977 U.K.". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Amanda Lear - Blood & Honey (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Amanda Lear - Blood & Honey (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Amanda Lear - Blood And Honey (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Amanda Lear - Blood And Honey (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Amanda Lear - Blood And Honey (New Remix '98) (CD) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LEAR,AMANDA / Single" (in German). www.musicline.de. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  13. ^ a b "Top Annuali Single: 1977" (in Italian). www.hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  14. ^ "Fancy - Blood And Honey". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  15. ^ "Pedro Marin Diamonds (cd) Disco Compact Discs & MP3s". www.discomusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29.