The Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh song)

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"The Lady in Red"
Single by Chris de Burgh
from the album Into the Light
B-side "Borderline"
"The Ecstasy of Flight (I Love the Night)"
Released 20 June 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:17
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chris de Burgh
Producer(s) Paul Hardiman
Chris de Burgh singles chronology
"Fire on the Water"
(1986)
"The Lady in Red"
(1986)
"Fatal Hesitation"
(1986)

"The Lady in Red" is a song by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh. It was released in June 1986 as the second single from the album Into the Light. The song was responsible for introducing de Burgh's music to a mainstream audience worldwide.

Creation[edit]

The song was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife Diane and was released on the album Into the Light. On the British TV series This Is Your Life, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.[2]

Critical reception and impact[edit]

The song was a massive hit across the world, quickly becoming de Burgh's best-selling single and his signature song, transforming him from a cult artist into a household name in many countries. It reached the number one position in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Flanders region of Belgium, and Norway. It also reached number three in the United States during the spring of 1987. The song also propelled its parent album Into The Light to the number two position in the United Kingdom and success in other markets. The song was de Burgh's third UK hit single and the first to reach the top 40.[3]

The song tends to divide public opinion and it was voted the tenth most annoying song of all time in a poll commissioned by Dotmusic in 2000. It was one of only two singles in the top ten which were not novelty songs.[4] It was also voted the third worst song of the 1980s by readers of Rolling Stone.[5] It was chosen as the sixth worst love song of all time by Gigwise, who said "it is destined to grate on you at weddings forever more".[6] In a 2001 poll of more than 50,000 Channel 4 viewers and readers of The Observer, the song was voted the fourth most hated UK number one single.[7]

Neil Norman of The Independent argued in 2006: "Only James Blunt has managed to come up with a song more irritating than Chris de Burgh's "Lady in Red". The 1986 mawkfest – according to De Burgh – has reduced many famous people to tears including Diana, Princess of Wales, Fergie and Mel Smith. The less emotionally impressionable, meanwhile, adopt Oscar Wilde's view on the death of Little Nell – that it would take a heart of stone to listen to "Lady in Red" and not laugh."[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video is a studio performance, with animation at the beginning and at the end of the song. It features a curly-haired woman in red who depicts the song's lyrics.

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Ti sento" by Matia Bazar
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single (first run)
13 September 1986 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Ti sento" by Matia Bazar
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single (second run)
27 September 1986 – 4 October 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
27 September 1986 – 4 October 1986 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Spirit in the Sky" by Doctor & the Medics
Canadian number-one single
25 October 1986 – 1 November 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper
Preceded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
10 July 1986 – 21 August 1986 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Want to Wake Up with You" by Boris Gardiner
UK Singles Chart number-one single
2 August 1986 – 16 August 1986 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Dancing on the Ceiling" by Lionel Richie
Norwegian number-one single
1 September 1986 – 29 september 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I've Been Losing You" by a-ha
Preceded by
"Moja Krew" by Republika
Polish number-one single
30 August 1986 – 6 September 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Do Ani" by Kult
Preceded by
"Venus" by Bananarama
South African number-one single
21 November 1986 – 16 January 1987 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles
Preceded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
1986
South African best-selling single of the year
1987
Succeeded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
1988

In other media[edit]

The song appears briefly in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho when Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, is listening to it in his office on his Walkman.[41] It also appears in the 1988 movie, Working Girl.[42] It is also heard in the 2004 comedy film DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story[43]

Just after the song's release, it regularly featured on television and radio in the run-up to the wedding of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson, which was held on 23 July 1986. Eight years later, it was chosen as the accompanying song to the clip of the wedding on the BBC's The Rock 'n' Roll Years for the 1986 edition - by which time the couple had separated.[citation needed]

Andy Williams released a version in 2007 on his album, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up.[44]

The song is heard in Bates Motel season one finale, "Midnight".

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