Send Me an Angel (Real Life song)

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"Send Me an Angel"
Single by Real Life
from the album Heartland
B-side "Like a Gun"
Released 20 July 1983 (AUS)
October 1983 (USA)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1983
Genre New wave, synthpop[1]
Length 3:53 (original)
6:15 (remix)
Label Curb, MCA
Writer(s) David Sterry, Richard Zatorski
Producer(s) Ross Cockle
Real Life singles chronology
"Send Me an Angel
(1983)
"Catch Me I'm Falling"
(1984)

"Send Me an Angel" is a 1983 song by Real Life. Initially released on Real Life's debut album Heartland, it is the band's most well-known song. This version originally peaked in early 1984 in the US at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] The song's biggest chart success, however, was in 1989, where an updated version entitled "Send Me an Angel '89" surpassed the original version from 1983. "Send Me An Angel '89" reached a peak of No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1989 in the US.[2] Both versions are very similar; the 1989 version is missing the louder "claps" in the chorus and the drums sound much less electronic, more like an acoustic kit, as opposed to the typical 1980s electronic drums sound heard on the original. The song is prominently featured in the 1989 film The Wizard, the 1986 film Rad, and the 1987 film Teen Wolf Too.

The song is about a man who asks himself whether he will find true love.

The video clip was filmed in burnt forests in Victoria soon after the Ash Wednesday bushfires on 16 February 1983.

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. Send Me an Angel – 3:53
  2. Like a Gun – 3:16
12" single
  1. Send Me an Angel (Extended Mix) – 5:40
  2. Send Me an Angel – 3:52
  3. Like a Gun – 3:14

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"People Are People" by Depeche Mode
German number-one single
21 May 1984 – 11 June 1984 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan
Preceded by
"Life Begins at Forty" by Dave and the Dynamos
New Zealand number-one single
2 October 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Puttin' On the Ritz" by Taco

Cover versions[edit]

"Send Me an Angel" has been covered by various artists including:

References[edit]

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