Dancing with Tears in My Eyes

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"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
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Single by Ultravox
from the album Lament
B-side "Building"
Released 1984
Format
Genre Synth-pop,[1][2] new wave[3]
Length 4:10
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Ultravox
Ultravox singles chronology
"One Small Day"
(1984)
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
(1984)
"Lament"
(1984)

"One Small Day"
(1984)
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
(1984)
"Lament"
(1984)

"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" is the second single from Lament, Ultravox's seventh studio album, released in 1984.

The single effectively put Ultravox back on the map, peaking at no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] and reaching the top 10 in several European countries. The song also entered the Australian and Canadian Top 75 but failed to chart in the US.

The video is about a nuclear power plant meltdown. The music video depicts Midge Ure driving home after discovering that a nuclear explosion is imminent. The video ends with the power plant exploding, and the image of a home movie of Ure, his wife (played by Diana Weston) and their child, with the visual effect of a melting film.

The 7" single was released in three versions: with a standard picture sleeve, with a gate-fold booklet sleeve, and with a gate-fold booklet sleeve and a clear vinyl disc. All versions had the same catalogue number, "UV 1", and the same tracks. The 12" was released in two versions, with the same catalogue number "UVX 1": in a stickered gatefold sleeve containing a band poster and in a standard picture sleeve.

The B-side, "Building", is a piano ballad. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" was the first song that Ultravox performed during the Live Aid charity event at the old Wembley Stadium, on 13 July 1985, for which Ure also played the lead guitar.[5]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: Chrysalis – UV 1
  • Germany: Chrysalis – 106 449
  • US: Chrysalis – VS4 42781
  • Canada: Chrysalis – CHS – 42781

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"4:10
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Building"3:11

12" vinyl (UK and Europe)[edit]

  • UK: Chrysalis - UVX 1
  • Germany: Chrysalis - 601 322

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Special Re-Mix)10:00
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Building"3:11
2."Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"4:10

12" vinyl (North America)[edit]

  • US: Chrysalis - 4V9 42783
  • Canada: Chrysalis - CS 42783

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Extended)7:44
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."One Small Day" (Club Version)7:48

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

  • Midge Ure played the song at "Rockpalast Fall 2006".

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pain, Andrew (24 May 2013). "Midge Ure at the ARC in Stockton – An intimate evening with pop legend". Gazette Live. Retrieved 7 May 2014. the likes of Vienna, Reap the Wild Wind and Dancing With Tears in My Eyes becoming instant synth-pop classics. 
  2. ^ "Ultravox tours Germany in November". Sixth Sense. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. After a string of synthpop hits, including Dancing With Tears in My Eyes, the band split in 1986, with lead singer Midge Ure going on to solo success. 
  3. ^ aLfie vera mella (11 December 2017). "Midge Ure – Orchestrated (Album Review)". Cryptic Rock. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  5. ^ "INTERVIEW: Ultravox and Live Aid singer Midge Ure reveals what embarrasses him". North Devon Journal. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6799." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Le Détail par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Ultravox" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
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  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 205. ISBN 0-89820-128-4. 
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