Love Resurrection

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"Love Resurrection"
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Single by Alison Moyet
from the album Alf
ReleasedJune 1984
Format7", 12"
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Steve Jolley, Alison Moyet, Tony Swain
Producer(s)Jolley & Swain
Alison Moyet singles chronology
"Love Resurrection"
(1984)
"All Cried Out"
(1984)

"Love Resurrection" is a pop song written by English singer-songwriter Alison Moyet and producers Jolley & Swain for Moyet's debut studio album Alf (1984). Released as the album's first single in June 1984, it reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was released in the US in summer 1985 following "Invisible" and reached number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 that August.

In 2006, "Love Resurrection" appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The song can be heard on a fictional pop/rock/New Wave radio station called Flash FM.[2]

Background[edit]

Speaking to Number One in 1984, Moyet said "Love Resurrection" was "written over the phone": "I'd had an argument with a friend and gone to bed like I usually do when I'm depressed. I wrote the lyric straight off and read it over to Steve [Jolley]. He called me back with a melody line and we went on from there."[3]

Music video[edit]

There are two versions of the music video. The first version, made for the worldwide single release, shows Moyet at a Middle Eastern encampment in the desert. As she wanders through, the camera pans across the barren landscape and zooms in on a skull figure.[4] The video was shot in Israel and cost £17,000.[5]

The second version, made for the American market, showed a softer side to Moyet following the breakup of Yazoo. The video shows Moyet, dressed all in white, performing the song in a darkened venue with a backup band in front of a small audience.[6]

Reception[edit]

Upon release, Max Bell of Number One noted the song's "MOR direction" and commented: "Alf gives it loads but the Swain and Jollified electronic wash which accompanies is not entirely suitable and leaves you feeling that here is a catchphrase in search of a song. Tender but disposable."[7] In a Number One review of Moyet's follow-up single "All Cried Out", Paul Bursche praised "Love Resurrection" as being "magnificent, perhaps the best song of 1984".[8] Jessi McGuire of Record Mirror noted a "hideous similarity with Justin Haywood in the chorus", but added: "Alison proves here that she's still the queen of the larger lady singers, with a cool bit of summer pop that ought to be a great hit."[9]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Love Resurrection" – 3:49
  2. "Baby I Do" – 3:10
7" single (US promo)
  1. "Love Resurrection" – 3:49
  2. "Love Resurrection" – 3:49
12" single
  1. "Love Resurrection" (Long Version) – 5:33
  2. "Baby I Do" – 3:10
12" single
  1. "Love Resurrection" (Love Injected Remix) – 8:48
  2. "Baby I Do" – 3:10
12" single (US promo)
  1. "Love Resurrection" (Album Version) – 5:33
  2. "Love Resurrection" (Single Version) – 3:49

Versions[edit]

  • "Love Resurrection" (Single Version) - 3:49
  • "Love Resurrection" (Love Injected Mix a.k.a. Long Version) - 8:50
  • "Love Resurrection" (US Long Version) - 5:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 17
Belgian Singles Chart (V)[11] 23
Canadian Singles Chart[12] 39
Dutch Singles Chart[13] 26
Irish Singles Chart[14] 8
Italian Singles Chart[15] 6
UK Singles Chart[1] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 82
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play [17] 47
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles[18] 49

Cover versions[edit]

A dance/pop cover in the genre of gospel music was released on inspirational US singer Kim Boyce's debut album in 1986. There were minor lyric changes to the song to incorporate it into the gospel genre.[19]

A dance cover by D'Lux was released in June 1996 and reached number 58 in the UK charts.[20][21]

In 2009, UK band Aurora released their version, with vocals by Amanda Wilson.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ALISON MOYET | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ Games, Rockstar (26 October 2006). "The Music of GTA: Vice City Stories - IGN". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ Adams, Nick (13 October 1984). "The men in my life". Number One.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Levy, Eleanor (30 June 1984). "Is this the new Barbara Streisand?". Record Mirror.
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ Bell, Max (16 June 1984). "Single reviews". Number One.
  8. ^ Bursche, Paul (6 October 1984). "Single reviews". Number One.
  9. ^ McGuire, Jessi (16 June 1984). "Singles". Record Mirror.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Alison Moyet - Love Resurrection". ultratop.be. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Alison Moyet - Love Resurrection". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  14. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  15. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: M". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Alison Moyet - Chart history". Billboard. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Alison Moyet - Chart history". Billboard. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  18. ^ Alison Moyet (18 June 1961). "Alison Moyet - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Kim Boyce - Kim Boyce at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  20. ^ "D'Lux (2) - Love Resurrection at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  21. ^ "D'LUX | Artist". Official Charts. 22 June 1996. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Aurora Featuring Amanda Wilson - Love Resurrection (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2014.

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