Rock Bottom (Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran song)

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United Kingdom "Rock Bottom"
Rock Bottom (Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran song).jpg
Cover of vinyl single
Eurovision Song Contest 1977 entry
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Finals performance
Final result
2nd
Final points
121
Appearance chronology
◄ "Save Your Kisses for Me" (1976)   
"The Bad Old Days" (1978) ►

"Rock Bottom" was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, performed in English by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran. It was also written and produced by de Paul and Moran.

The song says that when people are in a bad situation they should work to solve problems and not be pessimistic about tragedies. Apparently it represents the situation at the time; Eurovision 1977 was almost cancelled due to budget restrictions and it was delayed by 5 weeks due to a strike by cameramen and technicians.[1] The BBC, who had to host the contest that year, did not give the song its whole-hearted support.[2]

The song was performed ninth on the night, following Portugal's Os Amigos with "Portugal no coração" and preceding Greece's Pascalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy with "Mathima Solfege". At the close of voting, it had received 121 points, placing second in a field of 18.

It was preceded by "Save Your Kisses for Me" by Brotherhood of Man as the British representative at the Eurovision Song Contest and succeeded by Co-Co with "The Bad Old Days".

"Rock Bottom" charted in several European countries, topping the charts in Switzerland, no. 2 in Austria, no. 4 in Germany, no. 6 in Sweden (no. 4 on the Poporama chart),[3] no. 7 in Ireland and Norway and no. 10 in France and Israel. In the UK Singles Chart, it reached no. 19.[4] It also made no. 13 on the Radio Luxembourg Top 30.[5] On the basis of sales from the record-buying public of Europe, it was the winning entry, outperforming the contest's winner,[6][7] a quarter of a million copies being sold in Germany alone.[8]

In a ranking by The Daily Telegraph of all of the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entries over the last 59 years, "Rock Bottom" came in at no. 9.[9]

The duo also recorded a German version of "Rock Bottom" called "Für Immer" with German lyrics by Marianne Rebesky,[10] which also had healthy sales figures in German speaking countries,[7] and this version was covered by the band Wir.[11] Instrumental versions of the song also appeared on James Last's album Auf Last Geht's Los. Other versions have been recorded by the Studio Group, Armi & Danny, Jörgen Petersenin Orkesteri, Ted Weber, Brothers Of The World, Leni, Günter Noris, Inger Lise & Stein, Daniel Janin and The Hiltonaires and, most recently Denny Wright.[12]

The song has featured on Eurovision compilation albums such as This Is... Eurovision,[13] Ultimate Eurovision Party![14] and Stars Of Eurovision.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest London 1977". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "BBC hoped to come Rock Bottom in Eurovision Song Contest". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  3. ^ "May 19, 1977 - poporama.nu". Poporama.nu. 19 May 1977. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 145. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "Radio Luxemburg Top 30 (UK) – 1977 – Hitnoteringen". Hitnoteringen.nl. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran - Rock Bottom". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  7. ^ a b Record World, Spotlight on Germany, 21 January 1978, page 20
  8. ^ Billboard, 3 December 1977
  9. ^ Tristram Fane Saunders (2017-05-12). "Eurovision: every single UK entry ranked, from worst to best". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "WIR [DDR] - Rock Bottom". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Denny Wright - Trad Jazz Feelings (CD)". Discogs.com. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  13. ^ "Various - This Is... Eurovision (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  14. ^ "Various - Ultimate Eurovision Party! (CD)". Discogs.com. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Various - Stars Of Eurovision (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
Preceded by
"Save Your Kisses for Me"
by Brotherhood of Man
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1977
Succeeded by
"The Bad Old Days"
by Co-Co