Broken Wings (Mr. Mister song)

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"Broken Wings"
Single by Mr. Mister
from the album Welcome to the Real World
Released September 25, 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Soft rock, synthrock, new wave
Length 5:42 (album version)
4:46 (radio edit)
4:29 (7" edit)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Richard Page
Steve George
John Lang
Producer(s) Mr. Mister & Paul De Villiers
Mr. Mister singles chronology
"I'll Let You Drive"
(1984)
"Broken Wings"
(1985)
"Kyrie"
(1985)
Music sample

"Broken Wings" is a song recorded by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. It was released in September 1985 as the lead single from their second album Welcome to the Real World. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1985, where it remained for two weeks. It was released as the band was just about to embark on a U.S. tour opening for Tina Turner. The song peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, the highest chart position the group ever achieved in Britain.

Background and music[edit]

The song was co-written with lyricist John Lang, who was inspired by a book called "Broken Wings" written by Kahlil Gibran.[1] The song is a mix of synth, digitally delayed guitar, bass and drums. The song's hissing intro was an effect created by the sound of crash cymbal played in reverse.[1]

Although sometimes called a "soft tune" the innovative track was sampled by Tupac Shakur.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Broken Wings" was directed by Oley Sassone and filmed in black & white.[3] It features lead vocalist/bassist Richard Page driving through the desert in a classic Ford Thunderbird, the first allusion to birds. There is a scene where Page is sitting in a church when a Harris's Hawk flies in through the window and lands next to him on the pew and they exchange a gaze. The full band is also featured in performance scenes. Also appearing in the video are an unknown man and woman dancing tango. They are only shown from the waist down. At the end of the video Page is seen next to the Thunderbird with the vehicle's hood open, symbolizing broken wings.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single[4]
  1. "Broken Wings" (single edit) - 4:29
  2. "Uniform of Youth" - 4:25
12" Maxi Single[4]
  1. "Broken Wings" (album version) - 5:45
  2. "Uniform of Youth" - 4:25
  3. "Welcome to the Real World" - 4:18

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
December 7, 1985 – December 14, 1985
Succeeded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"We Built This City" by Starship
Canadian RPM number-one single
December 14, 1985
Succeeded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie

Notable covers[edit]

A second generation Ford Thunderbird appears in the video

The song's various instrumental phrases were sampled in the C64 game 21st century remix of Comic Bakery

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Notes on Broken Wings - from Mr. Mister fansite
  2. ^ Hey Man, Nice Shot”: Setting the Iraq War to Music on YouTubeC Christensen - The YouTube Reader, 2009 - forskning.blogg.kb.se
  3. ^ MVdbase entry - music video details
  4. ^ a b "Mr. Mister – Broken Wings". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mr. Mister – Broken Wings" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mr. Mister – Broken Wings" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Mr. Mister > Broken Wings – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: M". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mr. Mister search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mr. Mister – Broken Wings". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Mr. Mister – Broken Wings". VG-lista.
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mr. Mister – Broken Wings". Singles Top 60.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mr. Mister – Broken Wings". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.0685&type=2&interval=50&PHPSESSID=vje6t06qt1ks5mop96k1v5bc32
  17. ^ Official Chart archive - Network

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