Heavenly Action

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"Heavenly Action"
Erasure - Heavenly Action.jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album Wonderland
B-side "Don't Say No", "My Heart... So Blue"
Released 11 November 1985
Format 12", 7", CD
Recorded 1985
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:26
Label Mute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Writer(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s) Flood
Erasure singles chronology
"Who Needs Love Like That"
(1985)
"Heavenly Action"
(1985)
"Oh L'amour"
(1986)

"Heavenly Action" is a song by the British synthpop duo Erasure, released in November 1985 as their second single.

Issued by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the U.S., the single proved to be the second commercial failure for the duo (following "Who Needs Love Like That").

The mid-tempo pop song, written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, is a straightforward ode to love. The music video was directed by John Scarlett Davies and produced by Nick Verden for Aldabra. It features Clarke and Bell in an outer space/celestial setting, with several young children appearing as angels.

To this day, "Heavenly Action" remains Erasure's lowest-charting single on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 100. In the United States, "Heavenly Action" was paired with "Who Needs Love Like That" on the 12 inch single and, as a double-sided hit, climbed to number eight on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

The song was later included on the duo's debut album Wonderland, released in June 1986.

Track listings[edit]

7": Mute / MUTE42 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Heavenly Action"
  2. "Don't Say No"

12": Mute / 12MUTE42 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Heavenly Action" (12" Mix)
  2. "Don't Say No" (Instrumental)
  3. "My Heart... So Blue" (Incidental)

12": Mute / L12MUTE42 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Heavenly Action" (Yellow Brick Mix)
  2. "Don't Say No" (Ruby Red Mix)

2x12": Mute / D12MUTE42 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Heavenly Action" (12" Mix) - 6:03
  2. "Don't Say No" (Instrumental) - 3:20
  3. "My Heart... So Blue" (Incidental) - 3:36
  1. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Mexican Mix) - 6:08
  2. "Push Me Shove Me" (Tacos Mix) - 5:46

CD: Mute / CDMUTE42 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Heavenly Action"
  2. "Don't Say No"
  3. "Heavenly Action" (12" Mix)
  4. "Don't Say No" (Instrumental)
  5. "My Heart... So Blue" (Incidental)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Swedish Singles Chart[citation needed] 10
UK Singles Chart[1] 100

Cover versions[edit]

  • In June 2011, Maurice Harris, a singer, songwriter and music producer from Cincinnati, Ohio, released a country-themed, pop raggaeton cover version. Harris' version can be heard on his personal SoundCloud page.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Heavenly Action by Erasure Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. [dead link]
  2. ^ 0.00 (23 April 2011). "Heavenly Action by maurice-harris on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free". Soundcloud.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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