Rock Bottom (Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran song)

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United Kingdom "Rock Bottom"
Rock Bottom (Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran song).jpg
Cover of vinyl single
Eurovision Song Contest 1977 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Lynsey de Paul
With Mike Moran
Language English
Composer(s) Lynsey de Paul / Mike Moran
Lyricist(s) Lynsey de Paul / Mike Moran
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst
Finals performance
Final result 2nd
Final points 121
Appearance chronology
◄ "Save Your Kisses for Me" (1976)   
"The Bad Old Days" (1978) ►

"Rock Bottom" was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, performed in English by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran. It was also written by de Paul and Moran.

The song says that when people are in a bad situation they should work to solve problems and not be pessimistic about tragedies. Apparently it represents the situation at the time; Eurovision 1977 was almost canceled due to budget restrictions. The BBC, who had to host the contest that year, did not give the song its whole-hearted support.[1]

The song was performed ninth on the night, following Portugal's Os Amigos with "Portugal no coração" and preceding Greece's Pascalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy with "Mathima Solfege". At the close of voting, it had received 121 points, placing second in a field of 18.

It was succeeded as British representative at the 1978 Contest by Co-Co with "The Bad Old Days".

It charted in several European countries, topping the charts in Switzerland, #2 in Austria, #4 in Germany, #6 in Sweden, #7 in Ireland and Norway and #10 in France. In the UK, it reached #19.[2] On the basis of sales from the record-buying public of Europe, it was the winning entry, outperforming the contest's winner.[3]

The duo also recorded a German version of "Rock Bottom" called "Für Immer" and this was covered by the band Wir. Instrumental versions of the song also appeared on James Last's album Auf Last Geht's Los. Other versions have been recorded by the Studio Group, Armi & Danny, Jörgen Petersenin Orkesteri, Ted Weber, Brothers Of The World, Leni, Günter Noris, Daniel Janin and The Hiltonaires.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC hoped to come Rock Bottom in Eurovision Song Contest". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 145. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lynsey De Paul & Mike Moran - Rock Bottom". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
Preceded by
"Save Your Kisses for Me"
by Brotherhood of Man
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1977
Succeeded by
"The Bad Old Days"
by Co-Co