Rainbow in the Dark
|"Rainbow in the Dark"|
|Single by Dio|
|from the album Holy Diver|
|B-side||"Stand Up and Shout (live), Straight Through the Heart (live)"|
|Released||October 21, 1983|
|Recorded||1983, Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Label||Vertigo (Europe), Warner Bros. Records (US/Canada)|
|Songwriter(s)||Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell|
|Producer(s)||Ronnie James Dio|
|Dio singles chronology|
"Rainbow in the Dark" was the second single released by Heavy Metal band Dio, taken from their Platinum-selling 1983 debut album, Holy Diver. Assisted by a popular MTV music video, it reached #12 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks in early October.
The music video was filmed close to the time of the original studio recording of the song. The video's location takes place in central London, with scenes alternating between shots of a man following a woman through a street lined with pornographic cinemas, and Ronnie James Dio singing from a rooftop. The implied malicious intent of the man is made evident during the guitar solo, when guitarist Vivian Campbell (and later bassist Jimmy Bain) appear and effectively "scare" him away after he follows the woman into a moviehouse, with the woman kissing Campbell on the cheek in apparent gratitude. The video includes shots of tourist attractions such as Nelson's Column, Westminster Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, and Soho.
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||46|
- "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel; reported by VH1.com; last accessed September 10, 2006.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.