Never Say Never (Romeo Void song)

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"Never Say Never"
Romeo Void - Never Say Never.png
Single by Romeo Void
from the album Benefactor
  • 5:53
  • 6:05
  • 3:27
Songwriter(s)Debora Iyall
Audio sample

"Never Say Never" is a 1982 song by the new wave band Romeo Void. One of their best-known songs, "Never Say Never" was a favorite on early MTV, featuring a black-and-white music video that spoofs Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. The song is driven by a throbbing, funky bassline and punctuated by jagged guitar and saxophone, incorporating post-punk influences.


The song was featured in the 1984 film Reckless starring Aidan Quinn as a football star and renegade. Quinn's character takes over the school dance's DJ booth to play the single, much to the dismay of all his classmates. A dance sequence ensues with Quinn's character moshing about while a somewhat distraught Daryl Hannah tries to figure out how to dance with him.

The song is also featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as part of the fictional in-game new wave radio station "Wave 103". Also, a small segment of the song was featured in a scene of the film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. It also was included in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. In 2016, it was featured in the show Ash vs Evil Dead during a scene of the season two episode Trapped Inside.


Never Say Never (EP)[edit]

Never Say Never (EP)
EP by
RecordedDecember 1981
GenreNew wave
Romeo Void chronology
It's a Condition
Never Say Never (EP)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

An EP by American new wave band Romeo Void was released in 1981. It was released on CD in 2006 by Wounded Bird Records, as four bonus tracks to their reissue of Benefactor.

All tracks by Debora Iyall, Peter Woods, Frank Zincavage, Benjamin Bossi and Larry Carter.

  1. "Never Say Never" – 6:06
  2. "In the Dark" – 4:33
  3. "Present Tense" – 5:47
  4. "Not Safe" – 3:57

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 Pop Albums 147


  1. ^ "Never Say Never [EP] - Romeo Void". Allmusic.
  2. ^ "CG: Romeo Void". Robert Christgau.