Broadcast (Cutting Crew album)

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Cutting crew broadcast vinyl UK Europe cover.jpg
Standard vinyl edition
Studio album by
Released22 November 1986 (1986-11-22)
RecordedFebruary–July 1986
Cutting Crew chronology
The Scattering
US edition
Cutting Crew Broadcast CD cover.JPG
Singles from Broadcast
  1. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
    Released: 25 July 1986 (UK)
    1 Jan 1987 (US)
  2. "One For the Mockingbird"
    Released: 1987
  3. "I've Been in Love Before"
    Released: 1986 (UK)
    1987 (US)
  4. "Any Colour"
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Broadcast is the debut studio album by English rock band Cutting Crew. It was first released in the United Kingdom on 22 November 1986, and was later released more widely, including in the United States on 30 July 1987 with different packaging and four remixed tracks ("Any Colour", "One for the Mockingbird", "I've Been in Love Before" and "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), all of which were released as singles. It was the first album to be released in the US by Virgin Records' new American imprint, Virgin Records America.

Broadcast was re-released by Cherry Red Records on 24 May 2010, with bonus tracks including for the first time on CD "For the Longest Time", the B-side of "(I Just) Died In Your Arms".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" reached to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 in the UK Singles chart, and later on, "I've Been in Love Before" and "One for the Mockingbird" became Top 10 and Top 40 hits respectively across various countries. The band then received a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist of 1987.[3] Despite all this, however, contemporary reception to the album was mixed from critics and muted commercially.

Both the album and the band have been looked upon more positively in hindsight. In a retrospective review, Michael Sutton of AllMusic gave the album four stars. He said the album "never deserved the hacking [it] received from critics," and said that "the slick guitar rock on Broadcast may not have wowed the rock & roll intelligentsia, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, an underrated collection of simple, heartfelt love songs and up-tempo pop that reside between the stylistic boundaries of new wave and mainstream rock." He concludes the review by saying the album "is not a creative breakthrough", but is "simply an LP absent of any filler."[4]

In the early 90's, the first seven tracks were included in the compilation album The Best of Cutting Crew, along with select songs from the follow-up album The Scattering and the single "If That's The Way You Want It" from Compus Mentus.[5][6] The band's second compilation album, Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven, released in 2020, features orchestral versions of the four singles spanned from Broadcast, plus the title track, this one in a version half the length of the original incarnation.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Any Colour" (Nick Van Eede; Kevin Scott MacMichael) – 4:57
  2. "One for the Mockingbird" (Van Eede) – 4:23
  3. "I've Been in Love Before" (Van Eede) – 5:09
  4. "Life in a Dangerous Time" (Van Eede) – 4:34
  5. "Fear of Falling" (Van Eede; MacMichael) – 4:50
  6. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Van Eede) – 4:39
  7. "Don't Look Back" (Van Eede; MacMichael) – 4:12
  8. "Sahara" (Steve Boorer; Van Eede) – 4:49
  9. "It Shouldn't Take Too Long" (Van Eede; MacMichael; Colin Farley; Martin Beedle; Mac Norman) – 4:05
  10. "The Broadcast" (Van Eede; Chris Townsend) – 6:33

Remastered and expanded version[edit]

  1. "Any Colour" (USA Mix) – 4:58
  2. "One for the Mockingbird" (USA Mix) – 4:27
  3. "I've Been in Love Before" – 5:32
  4. "Life in a Dangerous Time" – 4:36
  5. "Fear of Falling" – 4:55
  6. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms (USA Mix)" – 4:46
  7. "Don't Look Back" – 4:11
  8. "Sahara" – 4:52
  9. "It Shouldn't Take Too Long" – 4:05
  10. "The Broadcast" – 6:39
  11. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (12" Mix) – 6:46
  12. "I've Been in Love Before" (Live in London) – 5:16
  13. "The Broadcast"/"Any Colour" (Live in the USA) – 8:03
  14. "For the Longest Time" – 4:29


Cutting Crew[edit]

  • Nick Van Eede – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Kevin Scott MacMichael – backing vocals, lead guitar, E-mu Emulator
  • Colin Farley – bass, piano, backing vocals
  • Martin Beedle – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Gary Barnacle – saxophone
  • David LeBoult, Peter Vitesse – keyboards
  • Jimmy Maelen – keyboards & additional percussion
  • Pete Birch – backing vocals




Chart Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 11
German Albums Chart 49
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 30
UK Albums Chart[8] 41
US Billboard 200[12] 16

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[14] Gold 25,000[14]
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Cherry Pop Records : Cutting Crew". 7 July 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Cutting Crew". 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. ^ "Broadcast - Cutting Crew | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. ^ "The Best of Cutting Crew". YouTube Music. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  6. ^ "The Best of Cutting Crew". Apple Music Canada. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven". Apple Music Canada. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d "CUTTING CREW - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 69.
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Cutting Crew - Broadcast". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Cutting Crew - Broadcast". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Cutting Crew Broadcast Chart History". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cutting Crew – Broadcast". Music Canada.
  14. ^ a b "Cutting Crew" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Cutting Crew – Broadcast". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Broadcast in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Cutting Crew – Broadcast". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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