Suddenly (Angry Anderson song)

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Suddenly Angry Anderson.jpg
Single by Angry Anderson
from the album Beats From a Single Drum
Released July 1987 (Aus)
1988 (UK)
Format Vinyl LP
Recorded 1986
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:50
Label Mushroom Records
Food for Thought
Songwriter(s) Angry Anderson, Andy Chicon, Kevin Beamish
Angry Anderson singles chronology
"Bound for Glory"
"Bound for Glory"

"Suddenly" is a power ballad by Angry Anderson from his first solo album, Beats From a Single Drum. Released in Australia in July 1987 and in the UK in late-1988, the song became Anderson's biggest hit, reaching number 2 in the ARIA Singles Chart, and number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

There were two music videos made in 1987 for this song:

  1. Black & White version. Features a bald Australian model at the time with intermingled close ups of her vs Angry's tattoos and ends in a close up of all three of them, standing with a child (
  2. Colour version. Features Angry Anderson singing this song and switches to shots of a bald woman in different poses, in different parts of an urban city (

Part of the song's chart success is attributed to it being used in the Australian soap Neighbours ("Episode 523"), during the wedding of the characters Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell, which was viewed by 20 million viewers[1] in the UK. The ballad, which is played over the ceremony, was also chosen by Kylie Minogue, who played Charlene, as the song to be played at her own future wedding.[2]

"Suddenly" was denied the UK number 2 spot by the release of the Kylie and Jason Donovan duet, "Especially for You".[3]

This song has been used in the season 3 final of the award winning UK sitcom Gavin and Stacey at the wedding of Vanessa Jenkins and Dave Coaches. It was also used in the first episode of Sirens on Channel 4 in the UK for the opening scene and throughout the episode. More recently, the song has regularly been played for nostalgia purposes at social and university reunions.

Cover versions[edit]

The Australian singer Sam Clark covered the song for his first studio album, Take Me Home.[4] Clark's version was used in the soap's 5998th episode broadcast on 25 August 2010 (13 October 2010 in the UK), as his character, Ringo Brown, married Donna Freedman (Margot Robbie).[5][6] Clark released his version of "Suddenly" in the United Kingdom as a double A-side with "Devastated".[7]


Charts 1987 Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 11
Charts 1988 Peak
UK Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Singles Chart 35
Irish Singles Chart[8] 3