Cruising for Bruising

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"Cruising for Bruising"
Single cover
Single by Basia
from the album London Warsaw New York
Released 1990
Format Cassette single
7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded 1989
Length 4:16
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Basia
Producer(s) Danny White
Basia singles chronology
"Baby You're Mine"
"Cruising for Bruising"
"Baby You're Mine"
"Cruising for Bruising"

"Cruising for Bruising",[1] is a composition by Basia which was introduced on the singer's 1989 London Warsaw New York album release. Issued as a single in March 1989, "Cruising for Bruising" would afford Basia her best ever Billboard chart showing, its Hot 100 peak being #29 while the track would match the #5 Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart showing set by Basia's 1987 single "New Day For You".

Basia was moved to write "Cruising for Bruising" by the perceived eclipsing of her relationship with Danny White who besides being her producer and keyboardist had become her romantic partner. According to Basia when she shot the video prepped for the track - which featured the singer and White as an alienated couple - "my makeup artist...had to constantly repatch my makeup because I was just crying because it was so close to the bone."[2]


Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Singles Chart 21
France Singles Chart 46
Netherlands Singles Chart 51
UK Singles Chart 86
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 29
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 5


  1. ^ "Cruising for Bruising". Retrieved 9 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Basia Describes Sad Inspiration Behind Hit Song Cruising for Bruising". Retrieved March 21, 2015. 

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