Diamonds (Amanda Lear song)

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"Diamonds"
Single by Amanda Lear
from the album Diamonds for Breakfast
B-side "It's a Better Life"
Released 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Euro disco
Length 4:55 (full version)
3:40 (single edit)
Label Ariola Records
Writer(s) Anthony Monn, Amanda Lear
Producer(s) Anthony Monn
Amanda Lear singles chronology
"Fabulous (Lover, Love Me)"
(1979)
"Diamonds"
(1980)
"Japan"
(1980)

"Diamonds" - a song by French singer Amanda Lear released in 1980 by Ariola Records.

Song information[edit]

"Diamonds" was released as the second single from Amanda's fourth album, Diamonds for Breakfast. It was another Monn-Lear collaboration, with the singer writing the lyrics and Monn providing arrangement and producing the track. Musically, "Diamonds" is a campy, disco-pop track, with the words revealing an inspiration of Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend". The B-side of the single was "It's a Better Life" from the same album, a song about a couch potato spending her days in front of TV.

The song turned out to be successful, especially in Scandinavia. It remains one of the biggest hits from the album and belongs to Amanda Lear's most memorable tunes. In 2006 Spanish singer Pedro Marín covered the song on his record Diamonds, a tribute album including interpretations of chosen Amanda Lear's tracks.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Diamonds" was shot in Paris. It pictures Amanda walking and dancing nearby Van Cleef & Arpels boutique at Place Vendôme. The video also includes scenes with the singer having a bath and eating the title diamonds for breakfast in her bed. For the video, single cover as well as Diamonds for Breakfast album cover, Amanda sported a new, shorter haircut.

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" Single (1980)
A. "Diamonds" - 3:40
B. "It's a Better Life" - 4:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Germany[2] 30
Sweden[3] 18
Norway[4] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pedro Marin Diamonds (cd) Disco Compact Discs & MP3s". www.discomusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LEAR,AMANDA / Single". www.musicline.de (in German). Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Discography Amanda Lear". Swedish Charts. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Discography Amanda Lear". Norwegian Charts. Retrieved 2009-10-08.