Dancing with Tears in My Eyes

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This article is about the song by Ultravox. For the song by Kesha, see Animal (Kesha album).
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
Single by Ultravox
from the album Lament
B-side "Building"
Released 4 May 1984
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded Musicfest Studio, 1983
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 4:10
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, Billy Currie
Producer(s) Ultravox
Ultravox singles chronology
"One Small Day"
(1984)
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
(1984)
"Lament"
(1984)

"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" is the second single from Lament, Ultravox's seventh studio album, released in 1984.

The single effectively put Ultravox back on the map, peaking at no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart,[2] and reaching the top 10 in several European countries. The song also entered the Australian and Canadian Top 75 but failed to chart in the US.

The video is about a nuclear power plant meltdown. The music video depicts Midge Ure running home after discovering that a nuclear explosion is imminent. The video ends with the power plant exploding, and the image of a home movie of Ure, his wife and their child, with the visual effect of a melting film.

The 7" single was released in three versions: with a standard picture sleeve, with a gate-fold booklet sleeve, and with a gate-fold booklet sleeve and a clear vinyl disc. All versions had the same catalogue number, "UV 1", and the same tracks. The 12" was released in two versions, with the same catalogue number "UVX 1": in a stickered gatefold sleeve containing a band poster and in a standard picture sleeve.

The B-side, "Building", is a piano ballad.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: Chrysalis – UV 1
  • Germany: Chrysalis – 106 449
  • US: Chrysalis – VS4 42781
  • Canada: Chrysalis – CHS – 42781
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"   4:10
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Building"   3:11

12" vinyl (UK and Europe)[edit]

  • UK: Chrysalis - UVX 1
  • Germany: Chrysalis - 601 322
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Special Re-Mix) 10:00
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Building"   3:11
2. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"   4:10

12" vinyl (North America)[edit]

  • US: Chrysalis - 4V9 42783
  • Canada: Chrysalis - CS 42783
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Extended) 7:44
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "One Small Day" (Club Version) 7:48

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

  • Guitarist Midge Ure played the song at "Rockpalast Fall 2006".

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham![19]
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
4 August 1984 (1 week)[20]
Succeeded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham![21]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
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  7. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  8. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "Ultravox" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
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  19. ^ (Dutch) "RADIO 2 – TOP 30 van zaterdag 28 juli 1984". Top 30. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  20. ^ (Dutch) "RADIO 2 – TOP 30 van zaterdag 04 augustus 1984". Top 30. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  21. ^ (Dutch) "RADIO 2 – TOP 30 van zaterdag 11 augustus 1984". Top 30. Retrieved 7 May 2014.