The Nolans' version was released as a single in Japan in April 1981 after winning the Tokyo Music Festival a few days prior to this. It was cut from the album exclusively in Japan to be released as a 7-inch single and a LP containing rearrangements of tracks from Making Waves and Nolan Sisters, gaining commercial success with about 270,000 copies sold.
In 1981, the song was covered by Taiwanese singer Frankie Kao (高凌风) as 冬天里的一把火, which was later covered, with much more success, by Fei Xiang. Having had some success prior, he reached superstar status almost overnight when in 1987, he performed this song in CCTV's new year gala. The song became an instant hit in China.
In 1990, Wink recorded the cover version sung in the Japanese lyrics written by Neko Oikawa. Their interpretation was released as a single in March 1990 and provided the duo with their fifth and last number-one spot on the Japanese hit parade.
In 1991, The Nolans would in turn cover Wink's biggest selling single, 淋しい熱帯魚Samishii Nettaigyo, with English lyrics, under the name Tidal Wave.