|Single by The Boomtown Rats|
|from the album The Fine Art of Surfacing|
|B-side||"Late Last Night"|
|Released||December 1979 (UK)|
|Label||Ensign Records (UK)|
Columbia Records (USA)
|The Boomtown Rats singles chronology|
"Diamond Smiles" was the second single from The Boomtown Rats' album The Fine Art of Surfacing. It was the follow-up to their successful single "I Don't Like Mondays" and also peaked at Number 13 in the UK Charts. The band has suggested that it might have fared better had it not been for a strike of lighting technicians on the powerful UK TV programme Top of The Pops at the time that the record was released and rising in the charts.
Dealing with death, as had "I Don't Like Mondays", the song tells the story of a glamorous debutante ('Diamond') who commits suicide and is remembered only for her low-cut dress. Some of the staff of Duke Street Hospital, in Glasgow, filed a petition with the IBA and the BBC demanding that the song be banned due to the lyrics exploiting a real-life suicide.
The girl in the video is the same girl as the one in the "I Don't Like Mondays" video. She was called Michelle Gibbons-Price.
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