Eternal Flame (song)
|Single by The Bangles|
|from the album Everything|
|Released||February 17, 1989|
|Format||Vinyl record (7"), CD single (3"), Cassingle|
|Recorded||1988; Ocean Way, Studio 55|
|The Bangles singles chronology|
"Eternal Flame" is a ballad and love song by The Bangles from their 1988 album Everything. It became a hit single, when released in 1989, peaking at number one in the charts in nine countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was written by popular songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and The Bangles' own Susanna Hoffs. With this song and "Walk Like an Egyptian", The Bangles became only the third girl group to score multiple number-ones in the United States, after The Supremes (twelve) and The Shirelles (two).
- 1 History
- 2 Track lists
- 3 Charts
- 4 Personnel
- 5 Cover versions
- 5.1 Tomoya Nagase feat. 3T version
- 5.2 Atomic Kitten version
- 5.3 Official Versions
- 5.4 Other cover versions
- 5.5 Solo and live performances
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The song was inspired by two eternal flames: one at the gravesite of Elvis Presley that the Bangles saw when the band visited Graceland, and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which Steinberg attended as a child. Steinberg recalled to Songfacts: "Susanna was talking about The Bangles having visited Graceland, and she said there was some type of shrine to Elvis that included some kind of eternal flame. As soon as those words were mentioned, I immediately thought of the synagogue in the town of Palm Springs, California where I grew up. I remember during our Sunday school class they would walk us through the sanctuary. There was one little red light and they told us it was called the eternal flame."
It spent one week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, blocking Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True" from reaching the summit position. It was preceded at #1 on the Hot 100 by Mike + The Mechanics' "The Living Years" and succeeded by Roxette's "The Look".
The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart in February 1989 at number 81 and peaked at number one in April spending four weeks there and went on to spend twenty weeks in the chart and was the UK's third best-selling song of 1989.
The song was Australia's 4th biggest selling single of '89 and was sent up on the Australian TV show Fast Forward.
|B||"What I Meant To Say"||3:20|
"What I Meant to Say" is a non-album track, written by Debbi and Vicki Peterson and sung by Debbi.
- Writers: Susanna Hoffs, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly
- Producer: Davitt Sigerson (Bangles version)
- Recorded by: John Beverly Jones
- Mixed by: Frank Filipetti
Tomoya Nagase feat. 3T version
|Single by Tomoya Nagase feat. 3T|
|Genre||J-pop, soft rock|
|Label||Universal Music Japan|
|Tomoya Nagase feat. 3T singles chronology|
In 1997 has been covered in Japanese language the song by Tomoya Nagase, the vocalist of the Japanese idol rock group Tokio, featuring 3T. This song was used as the theme song of the Nippon TV drama "DXD", in which Nagase played the main role. He also wrote the Japanese version lyrics. This version was released as a single in Japan under the name of "Tomoya with 3T".
|Oricon Japanese International Chart||12|
Atomic Kitten version
|Single by Atomic Kitten|
|from the album Right Now (Re-issue)|
|Released||July 23, 2001|
|Format||CD single, cassette|
|Atomic Kitten singles chronology|
Atomic Kitten subsequently recorded the song in 2001 and released as the sixth overall single and lead single from the reissue of the debut studio album, Right Now. It was the group's first single to feature new band member Jenny Frost. Their version was produced by multi-platinum singer producer Ray Ruffin.
- Australian CD
- "Eternal Flame" (Single Version) – 3:15
- "Right Now" (Jenny Frost version) – 3:35
- "Right Now" (K-Klass Phazerphunk Club Mix) – 7:22
- "Eternal Flame" (Blacksmith RnB Club Dub) – 3:55
- "Right Now" (video)
- UK CD
- "Eternal Flame" (Single Version) – 3:15
- "Album Medley" – 5:30
- "Eternal Flame" (Blacksmith RnB Club Rub) – 3:54
- "Eternal Flame" (video)
- UK cassette
- "Eternal Flame" (Single Version) – 3:15
- "Album Medley" – 5:30
- "Dancing in the Street" – 3:39
- Eternal Flame (Single Version) - 3:13
- Eternal Flame (Album Version) - 3:37
- Eternal Flame (Blacksmith R'n'B Club Rub) - 3:54
- Eternal Flame (Love To Infinity Club Mix) - 7:14
The video begins with the band members walking up to the screen in a stylized pace, in plain white clothes and bare feet, with a dark background. This is shown often in the video, and is also how the video ends. Throughout the video, each of the band members do different poses and dance moves in time to the song, with the dark, cloudy background in place. Also in one of the scenes in the video, all three band members are seen in a line, with a glass floor and four metal posts with lights in the background that accompanies the perennial dark background. In this scene, the girls are seen doing a basic dance routine in time with the song. For Jenny's solo, she is seen lying down on the floor doing a sexy pose. However, Frost later claimed in the So Far So Good DVD, that she had tonsillitis for the video shoot, and was laying down due to being ill and couldn't stand up. There is also a version of the video that contains clips from the movie The Parole Officer which was taken from the DVD "So Far So Good".
Atomic Kitten made the song another massive success, entering at number one in the UK, staying at the top for two weeks. "Eternal Flame" sold over 140,000 copies in its first week and 70,000 copies in its second week. On its first day, "Eternal Flame" sold 35,358 copies, and their closest rival was Destiny's Child with "Bootylicious", which sold 13,182 copies in its opening day. The song sold over 400,000 copies in the UK, and was certified Gold. The single entered the top five in over ten countries. The single went to number two in the French singles chart, a huge success, and became one of the best selling singles by a girl group of all time in France. However, it was their only single to reach the top twenty, making them one-hit wonders there. It was certified gold for sales of over 250,000 copies. Atomic Kitten's cover of "Eternal Flame" charted higher than the original version by The Bangles. Over a year later, the single appeared in the Canadian singles chart. "Eternal Flame" was Atomic Kitten's only single to chart over there. It debuted at number twenty, and peaked at number fifteen. It spent twelve weeks in the top forty—five of which were in the top twenty, making the song a moderate success. The single was a worldwide success entering the top twenty in every country it was released, except for Australia, where it peaked at number forty-seven. The single was also a number one hit in the Flanders region of Belgium, and it became their best-selling single there, subsequently lasting sixteen weeks on the chart; it became the 28th best selling single of 2001 in Belgium. It also spent one week at number one in New Zealand. "Eternal Flame" went on to sell over one million copies worldwide and was certified Gold in the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, and New Zealand.
Charts and certifications
Chart procession and succession
"Eternity/The Road to Mandalay" by Robbie Williams
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
July 29, 2001 – August 11, 2001
"21 Seconds" by So Solid Crew
"Tele-Romeo / Blub, ik ben een vis" by K3
|Ultratop number-one single
September 8, 2001 – September 15, 2001
"Let me blow ya mind" by Eve and Gwen Stefani
"19-2000" by Gorillaz
|Recording Industry Association of New Zealand number-one single
September 23, 2001 – September 30, 2001
"Eternity/The Road to Mandalay" by Robbie Williams
Other cover versions
|Single by Rollergirl|
|from the album Now I'm Singin'... And the Party Keeps Rollin'|
|Rollergirl singles chronology|
- In 1991, jazz fusion/contemporary jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb offered Chuck's version from the album "Balance."
- In 1996 Japanese heavy metal band X Japan released a power ballad named Crucify My Love. The song featured 'sample' segments of the "Eternal Flame" musical chorus as well as heavily influenced melody and tempo from the original song.
- A Japanese rendition of "Eternal Flame" was also performed by Seiko Matsuda
- The song has also been covered by Atomic Kitten (band) in 2001.
- The song has been covered in 1999 by the Australian group Human Nature on the Counting Down album.
- The song has been covered in 2000 by Rollergirl on the Now I'm Singin'... And The Party Keeps On Rollin' and released as a single which peaked at #87 in the Swiss Charts
- The song was covered in 2001 by the Argentine band Smitten on them Let me be album.
- A remake version tittled Underneath Your Clothes was released in Shakira's 2002 album Laundy Service featuring alternate lyrics and minor musical variations. The song sold more than 5 million copies and made it into Yahoo's 500 Greatest Songs of the Decade.
- The song was covered in 2004 by Japanese pop singer Beni Arashiro on her Infinite... single.
- The song was covered in 2005 by Jeremy Udden on his Torchsongs album.
- The song was covered in 2005 by Japanese artist LISA on her Melody Circus album.
- A cover version has been made in 2005 by the Filipino acoustic duo M.Y.M.P. on the Versions album.
- Portuguese power metal band Oratory included a rendition of the song on their 2005 "Interludium" EP.
- In 2006, the song was covered by former Deutschland sucht den SuperStar contestant Lena Hanenberg on the Love Songs album.
- Bonnie Tyler and French singer Laura Zen recorded a version in 2011 which went to French radio stations on Monday August 29. The song was named "Eternal Flame (Amour éternel)".
- The song was featured in the movie Pitch Perfect.
Solo and live performances
- An a cappella version of this song was performed by The Night Owls as a part of Comedy Central Presents: Zach Galifianakis, which was shown on September 17, 2001
- A reggae version of "Eternal Flame" was performed by Wayne Wonder
- A jazz version of this song was performed by Laura Fygi
- A Japanese rendition of "Eternal Flame" was performed by Seiko Matsuda
- The song was performed in 2006 by one of the Canadian Idol, Ashley Coulter
- Comedian Jeremy Hardy, famous for his atrocious singing, 'sang' the song at the end of an episode of the BBC Radio4 series You'll have had your Tea.
- Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal's character sang an abbreviated a cappella version in the independent film Sherrybaby
- Singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth sang a humorous version of the song for the staged reading of the musical version of the film Earth Girls Are Easy. She also covered it on Pushing Daisies in the show's second season, on the episode called Comfort Food.
- In a second season episode of the television series The Vampire Diaries, Candice Accola performs the song while in character as Caroline Forbes.
- In 2012 on American Idol, Hollie Cavanagh and Jessica Sanchez sang it in the Top 4.
- The song was performed by Madhuri, Todd Dempsy and Gupta in Episode 11 of Outsourced.
- Romanian singer Inna performed the song with Cristi Nistor on the Romanian version of The Voice.
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- "Bonnie Tyler est de retour : elle reprend le hit "Eternal Flame"". Chartsinfrance.net. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
Additional sources used:
- The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition)
- The Bangles official website
- Watch The Bangles performing this song on Top of The Pops
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics