Cry (Godley & Creme song)

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"Cry"
Godley & Creme Cry.jpg
Single by Godley & Creme
from the album The History Mix Volume 1
Released11 March 1985
Format7", 12"
GenrePop rock
Length6:35 (album version), 3:55 (single edit)
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Godley & Creme
Producer(s)Godley & Creme
Trevor Horn
Godley & Creme singles chronology
"Golden Boy (Extended)"
(1984)
"Cry"
(1985)
"A Little Piece of Heaven"
(1988)

"Cry" is a song released by the English music duo Godley & Creme on 11 March 1985. It was included on the duo's album The History Mix Volume 1.

The song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Godley & Creme's lone Top 40 hit in the US apart from their former band, 10cc. It reached No. 19 on the UK Singles Chart. The duo also directed the song's music video, which featured faces blended into each other using dissolving and wiping effects.

Creation and recording[edit]

After Godley & Creme left their former band 10cc after the groups fourth album, they began writing songs for an album, but became better known for producing music videos for other bands. Within the music video producing process, they met producer Trevor Horn, ex of the Buggles and now heading his own label ZTT Records.[1]

Godly & Creme asked Horn to produce their album, but had very little material that was recording studio ready. After their first track failed to produce the required effect, Horn asked what else they had? The pair had already written the first verse of Cry, and much as though the song came from a position - a man in a relationship where his partner lies and cheats on him - unlike 10cc's I'm Not in Love, it didn't come from real-life experience. The three hence sat down and started writing down words and phrases which could be associated with the first verse, and then Horn put Godley in the recording booth to record them. Godley later described the song's creation process as "patchwork like", but it worked due to its envisaged simple production.[1]

The basic sound of the track was provided by electronic music specialist J. J. Jeczalik who used a Clavia synthesizer. Godley & Creme then created the full backing track, which was mixed and produced by Horn.[1]

Track listing[edit]

7" - Polydor (UK) 881 786-7
  1. "Cry" – 3:55
  2. "Love Bombs" – 3:54
12" - Polydor (UK) 881 786-1
  1. "Cry (Extended Version)" – 6:30
  2. "Love Bombs" – 4:52
12" - Polydor (US) 881 786-1
  1. "Cry (Extended Remix)" – 7:25
  2. "Cry (Single Version)" – 3:55
  3. "Cry (Extended Version)" – 6:30
12" - Polydor (CA) POLSXC 107

1 "Cry (Remix 12' Club Version)" 2 "Cry (Extended Version)" 2 "Love Bombs"


CDV - Polydor (UK) 080 010-2
  1. "Cry (Extended Version)" – 6:30
  2. "Love Bombs" – 4:53
  3. "Under Your Thumb" – 3:45
  4. "Power Behind The Throne" – 3:31
  5. "Cry" (Video) – 3:36

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985/86) Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 43
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 7
German Media Control Singles Chart[4] 8
Irish Singles Chart[5] 27
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 16
UK Singles Chart[7] 19
UK Singles Chart[7] (Remix) 66
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 16
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 22
US Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 21
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 5

Notable Cover Versions[edit]

The song was covered by the Canadian band The Philosopher Kings on their 1997 album on their album Famous, Rich and Beautiful. It was released as a single the following year and peaked at #13 on the Canadian charts.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cry by Godley & Creme - Songfacts". www.songfacts.com.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 127. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ Canadian Singles Chart [1] (RPM Magazine, 28 September 1985)
  4. ^ "Charts Surfer - UK, German and French charts". charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  6. ^ "charts.nz > Godley & Creme – Cry (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Official Charts > Godley and Creme". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  8. ^ "allmusic (((Godley & Creme > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles)))". Billboard.com 2006 VNU eMedia. Retrieved 23 December 2008.