In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel song)
|"In Your Eyes"|
|Single by Peter Gabriel|
|from the album So|
|Released||2 September 1986|
|Format||7" single, 12" single, 1988 promo CD single|
|Genre||Worldbeat, art rock, pop rock|
|Length||5:29 (7" LP version)
6:15 (12" single mix)
7:14 (12" special mix)
4:58 (7" promo special mix)
|Producer(s)||Peter Gabriel, Bill Laswell and Daniel Lanois|
|Peter Gabriel singles chronology|
"In Your Eyes" is a song by British musician Peter Gabriel from his 1986 album So with Youssou N'Dour singing some choruses translated into his native Wolof. The track was the main-theme song of the 1989 teen drama film Say Anything... starring Ione Skye and John Cusack.
The single was released in North America as the third single from "So" in the U.S., the song achieved strong radio airplay and a constant MTV rotation. It reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks on September, 13 of the same year, it also peaked #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1986. It was not released as a single in the UK. However, Gabriel did release two extended versions of the song as a 12" vinyl single in the US. The first (the Single Mix) ran 6:15. The second (the Special Mix) ran 7:14.
The song was the finale of the Secret World Tour and is the final track on the 1994 Secret World Live album, where it is over 11 minutes long and includes the extra lyrics from the Special Mix, in addition to solos by the other singers and players. It was included on the U.S. version of his 2003 compilation Hit, but not on the European or Japanese versions.
The song is featured in the 2008 film The Rocker when A.D.D. plays their first gig at a high school prom.
The song was used twice in the 1989 US Cameron Crowe film, Say Anything..., as well as in its trailer. An iconic scene from the film occurs when broken-hearted Lloyd Dobler serenades his ex-girlfriend, Diane Court, outside her bedroom window by holding a boombox up above his head and playing the song for her. Repopularized by its usage in the film, the song reentered the US charts but narrowly failed to crack the top 40 in its second run, reaching as high as #41. Peter Gabriel asked to see Crowe's film and Crowe asked the production company to send Gabriel a rough cut. Gabriel approved the use of his song, but told Crowe that he was uneasy about the overdose of the main character at the end; the studio had erroneously sent Gabriel the film Wired instead.
The song's use in that iconic scene has been parodied in popular satirical shows. In the American Dad episode "It's Good to Be Queen", Stan Smith, in an attempt to get Francine to forgive him, forces Gabriel Byrne—whom he mistakenly believes to be Peter Gabriel—to sing "In Your Eyes" while holding the actor above his head. In the South Park episode "Raisins", when Wendy breaks up with Stan, Bebe tells him to hold up a boombox playing Peter Gabriel outside Wendy's window, to try to win her back. Instead of playing "In Your Eyes," he plays Gabriel's decidedly unromantic "Shock the Monkey".
The song was also briefly used during an August 2006 episode of The Daily Show in a Toss segment to The Colbert Report, in which Stephen Colbert holds up a boombox in an attempt to stop Jon Stewart skipping to the next segment.
In a September 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, discussing the 25th anniversary of So, Gabriel commented on the cultural impact of the scene, "It definitely gave [the song] a second life, because now it's so often parodied in comedy shows and it is one of the modern day Romeo and Juliet balcony clichés. I've talked to John Cusack about that. We're sort of trapped together in a minuscule moment of contemporary culture." In October 2012, as Gabriel played the first few bars of the song during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Cusack walked onto the stage, handed him a boombox and took a bow, before quickly walking off again. Cameron Crowe was also present at the concert and later tweeted "Peter Gabriel and John Cusack on stage together at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. Won't forget that... ever."
- Manu Katché – drums, talking drum, percussion
- Jerry Marotta – additional drums
- Larry Klein – bass
- Tony Levin – bass
- David Rhodes – guitars, backing vocals
- Peter Gabriel – lead and backing vocals, CMI, piano, synthesizer
- Richard Tee – piano
- Youssou N'Dour – guest vocals
- Michael Been – backing vocals
- Jim Kerr – backing vocals
- Ronnie Bright – bass vocals
- Neal Morse recorded an acoustic version of the song, along with Solsbury Hill, for an Inner Circle (fan club) release.
- A pop punk rendition of the song was released by the band SR-71 on their third album Here We Go Again.
- An acoustic cover was performed by Darren Hayes and released on the "I Miss You" single.
- Jeffrey Gaines performed both a studio and acoustic cover.
- Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman covered this song in her third studio album titled Woven & Spun.
- Jill Parr covered it on her self-titled debut album.
- Aaron Lewis of Staind performed a cover of the song with his previous band J-Cat.
- Lori McKenna contributed a cover of the song to the 2005 compilation High School Reunion.
- Marilyn Scott covered this song in the 2005 album Handpicke.
- Paco Estrada often plays In Your Eyes as a tag to his song Breaking Down at live concerts.
- Sara Bareilles covered this song in a live session that is included on the bonus disc to Little Voice and the B-side to the "Bottle It Up" single.
- Heart guitarist and vocalist Nancy Wilson covered this song on her 1999 solo live album Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop.
- Sludge metal band Mouth of the Architect covered the song on their 2010 EP The Violence Beneath.
- Renée Fleming covered this song in the 2010 album Dark Hope.
- Quietdrive released a cover on their 2011 album "Your Record/Our Spin"
- Matthew Morrison (as his character Will Schuester) and the cast of TV series Glee performed the song in the 15th episode of season 4, "Girls (and Boys) On Film".
- Christian singer-songwriter Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, stage name Plumb, covered this song in a special version of the song "I Want You Here".
- Dianne Reeves recorded a version on her 1999 album "Bridges".
- Banks released a studio cover of his song.
On April 10, 2014, Gabriel performed the song with an extended vocal duet with N'Dour as Gabriel was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The event, which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, was filmed and was later televised in late May 2014 on the HBO cable channel.
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- "Allmusic: Peter Gabriel (Awards)". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 222. ISBN 0-87586-207-1.
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- "Peter Gabriel - Music that has been used in trailers". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- IMDB.com entry for "Say Anything" | Trivia Retrieved 6 September 2000.
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: In Your Eyes The Daily Show. Retrieved 24 November 2011
- Q&A: Peter Gabriel Reflects On His Landmark 1986 Album So Retrieved 4 September 2012
- Gawker.com: Peter Gabriel's Performance of In Your Eyes Interrupted By John Cusack Holding A Boombox Retrieved 8 October 2012
- Soundtrack of my life: Youssou N'Dour The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2011
- "Peter Gabriel On Tour (5): This Way Up Tour 1986-87: Big Time (Success)". genesis-news.com. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- SNL Archives | Episode. Retrieved 27 August 2007.