Love Is All Around

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"Love Is All Around"
Single by The Troggs
B-side "When Will the Rain Come"
Released October 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded 1967
Genre Soft rock
Length 2:45
Label Page One, Fontana, Mercury
Writer(s) Reg Presley
Producer(s) Larry Page
The Troggs singles chronology
"Hi Hi Hazel"
(1967)
"Love Is All Around"
(1967)
"Little Girl"
(1968)

"Love Is All Around" is a song recorded by the Troggs, featuring a string quartet and a 'tick tock' sound on percussion, in D-major. It was written by lead singer Reg Presley and was purportedly inspired by a television transmission of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band's "Love That's All Around".[1][2] The song was first released as a single in the UK in October 1967. On the UK Singles Chart top 50, the record debuted at number 50 on 18 October 1967 (using the Wednesday date system)[3] (date derived from 21 October 1967),[4] and 28 October 1967[5] peaked at number five on 22 November 1967 (using the Wednesday date system)[6] (date derived from 25 November 1967),[7] and appeared 15 straight times. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the record entered at number 98 on 24 February 1968, peaked at number seven on 18 May 1968, and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart.

"Love Is All Around" has been covered by numerous artists, including R.E.M., with whom the Troggs subsequently recorded their 1992 comeback album Athens Andover. R.E.M.'s cover was a B-side on their 1991 "Radio Song" single, and they also played it during their first appearance at MTV's Unplugged series that same year. Wet Wet Wet's cover, for the soundtrack to the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, was an international hit and spent 15 consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1967–68) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 7

Wet Wet Wet version[edit]

"Love Is All Around"
Single by Wet Wet Wet
from the album Four Weddings and a Funeral and Picture This
Released 9 May 1994
Recorded 4 January 1994
Genre Soft rock
Label PolyGram, Records Service
Writer(s) Reg Presley
Producer(s) Graeme Clark, Graeme Duffin, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet singles chronology
"Cold Cold Heart"
(1993)
"Love Is All Around"
(1994)
"Julia Says"
(1995)

Wet Wet Wet's version of "Love Is All Around", which has a different introduction from the Troggs' version, was recorded in B-flat-major on 4 January 1994 and released on 9 May 1994. It topped the UK Singles Chart after just under three weeks and, fuelled by its appearance in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral,[13] remained there for 15 consecutive weeks, the second longest stay at the top of that chart to date (beaten only by "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams, which topped the chart for 16 weeks). The song was later included on the band's album Picture This.

Chart performance[edit]

On 15 May 1994, "Love Is All Around" entered the UK Singles Chart at number four.[14] After climbing to number two the following week, it finally got to number one on 29 May.[15] It then remained there for 15 weeks, the second longest UK chart reign of all time (beaten only by Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", which was number one for 16 weeks), before it was finally knocked off the top spot by Whigfield's "Saturday Night" on 11 September. The song spent a further 22 weeks in the UK Top 75.[16] Throughout its chart run, some radio stations even banned the song as many listeners were fed up of hearing it. As of July 2013, it has sold 1.86 million copies in the United Kingdom, making it the country's tenth best-selling single of all time.[17]

Reg Presley famously spent some of his songwriting royalties on crop circle research.[18] Wet Wet Wet lead singer Marti Pellow also recorded his own version of the song for inclusion on his 2002 album Marti Pellow Sings the Hits of Wet Wet Wet & Smile.

In 2004, Pellow told the Daily Record, "We did everybody's head in the summer of 1994".[19] The band themselves eventually took the decision to delete the record from sale.[20] Nevertheless, Pellow said, "I still think it's a brilliant record. Its strength is its sheer simplicity. Any band would give their eye teeth to have a hit record like that. I'm very proud of it."[16] In 2013, "Love Is All Around" was named as the number one song in VH1's The Ultimate Movie Soundtrack: Top 100.

Track listings[edit]

CD 1
  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "I Can Give You Everything" (7" Arthur Baker soul remix)
  3. "Ain't No Stoppin'/Le Freak"
CD 2 Limited Edition Digi Pack
  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "Is This Love?" (live)
  3. "Love Is All Around" (TV mix)
  4. "I Can Give You Everything" (12" house mix)
MC
  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "I Can Give You Everything" (7" Arthur Baker soul remix)
7"
  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "I Can Give You Everything" (7" Arthur Baker remix)

R.E.M. connection[edit]

The employment of film projection onto blank cards in the song's video is reminiscent of R.E.M.'s "Radio Song" video, shot three years earlier. Regarding the Wets' recording of the song, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck said, "People say they got the idea to do it from seeing us play - and I hope so, because it made Reg a million pounds or something. It's a great song. I thought it was a fine version."[21]

"I heard their live version - they did it on TV once - and [Marti Pellow] sang it with the same little melody that I threw in there, which was kind of nice," added Mike Mills. "That thing like uh-uh-uh-urrr at the end. That doesn't exist on the original version."[21] "Oh, okay. I thought you meant bah---bah-bah--bah--bah---bah--bah---bah," concluded Michael Stipe,[21] recalling his own vocalization on the R.E.M. version. Otherwise the R.E.M. version is a mandolin-accentuated note-for-note cover (except that the introduction is shorter and the conclusion has no fade) of the Troggs' version, even to the point of being in the same key of D-major.

Introducing the R.E.M. version live at the Shocking Club in Milan, Italy, on 22 March 1991, Stipe claimed "this song was written in the late 1880s in the small town in Sicily called Catania; it was first performed during the psychedelic movement there, which occurred right around the turn of the century". Such a claim may be interesting, and would have been news to Reg Presley, but corroboration for it is, so far, apparently unknown. Bill Davidson wrote the aforementioned Joy Strings composition in 1966, so Stipe's claim couldn't refer to it either.

Slovenian-language adaptation[edit]

A Slovenian adaptation of Wet Wet Wet version was also recorded, with the lyrics in Slovenian language, by the Slovenian pop band Čuki, as Vsepovsod ljubezen (Slovenian literally for Love everywhere), soon after the original Wet Wet Wet version was released.

Čuki also released a video for their adaptation of the song, which, just like the Wet Wet Wet video, features the same technique of film projection onto blank cards.

Christmas song[edit]

A parody of the song appears as a central theme in the British Christmas/romantic comedy Love Actually (2003), which, like Four Weddings and a Funeral, was written by Richard Curtis. On the film's DVD commentary track, Curtis says that after the success of the Wet Wet Wet version, he "couldn't think of a funnier way to start the film than by actually making [the British public] listen to the same song again." In the movie, a burned-out rock star character, Billy Mack (played by Bill Nighy), changes the lyrics of the classic "Love Is All Around" to "Christmas Is All Around" and "come on and let it show" to "come on and let it snow" in what he freely admits is a cheap attempt to reach the Christmas number one spot, thus achieving a comeback "at any price". The Christmas version appears periodically throughout the movie, with frequent references made to its being "crap". The song is featured on the film's soundtrack album, which in 2004 reached Billboard's Top 40 and ranked number two on the soundtrack album chart. It also achieved gold record status in Mexico and Australia.

Other cover versions and film uses[edit]

Prior to achieving international success with their single "These Eyes", "Love Is All Around" was covered by The Guess Who around 1967/68, and is available on compilation album This Time Long Ago.[22] The song was also covered by Lotta Engbergs orkester as "Du ger mig av din kärlek" with Swedish lyrics written by Peter Stedt in 1994.[23] The song appeared in "Get Real 1998" directed by Simon Shore, screenplay by Patrick Wilde.[24]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Come On You Reds"
by Manchester United Football Club
UK number one single
Wet Wet Wet version

4 June 1994
(fifteen weeks)
Succeeded by
"Saturday Night" by Whigfield