Summer Rain (Belinda Carlisle song)

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"Summer Rain"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses
Released January 13, 1990 (1990-01-13)
Format 7", 12", CD, CS
Genre Pop
Length 5:25
Label MCA, Virgin
Songwriter(s) Robbie Seidman, Maria Vidal
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"La Luna"
"Summer Rain"
"Runaway Horses"
"La Luna"
"Summer Rain"
"Runaway Horses"

"Summer Rain" is a song written by Robbie Seidman and Maria Vidal, produced by Rick Nowels for Belinda Carlisle's third album Runaway Horses (1989). The song is about a man who goes away to war and leaves his wife, saying that nothing will change—they will be together forever and always. Although the conflict is unidentified, images in the video of a transport aircraft on an airfield and troops parachuting from transport aircraft suggest the man is an airborne soldier. The song is set in the present as his widow sings it, remembering the last time she saw him. It was released around the world in 1990 and was issued as a CD single, 7" single and a 12" single.

Carlisle's version had minor success on the charts reaching the top thirty in the United States and the UK, but was a bigger hit in Australia, where it reached the Top Ten. It was later covered by artists including Slinkee Minx, whose cover version of the song also reached the top ten in Australia.

Belinda Carlisle stated in May 2013 that this was her favorite of her own songs.[1]

Release and commercial performance[edit]

"Summer Rain" achieved moderate commercial success in North America, where it was released as the second single from Runaway Horses (1989). In January 1990, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100, the main US chart, at number 86.[2] Within seven weeks of its release it peaked at number 30 and stayed at that position for two weeks. The single spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, six of which were in the top 50.[3] The single was Carlisle's second to last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary, where it spent eight weeks on the chart.[4]

In Australia, the song had the most commercial success, where it was released as the album's third single on March 19, 1990.[5] In early April 1990, it debuted at number 42.[6] Within two months of its release it peaked in the top ten where it stayed for five weeks.[6] The song reached its peak at number six and remained there for three weeks, spending a total of sixteen weeks in the top fifty.[6] The Australian Recording Industry Association awarded the single a gold certification for shipping 35,000 copies and became the fortieth highest-selling single in Australia for 1990.[7]

The song was released in the United Kingdom in December 1990 as the sixth and final release from Runaway Horses, peaking at number twenty-three at the end of January 1991 and spent 10 weeks in the chart.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[8]


The US 7" B-side is "Shades Of Michael Angelo" (LP Version) 5:52

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Summer Rain".



Belinda Carlisle version[edit]

Slinkee Minx version[edit]

The cover of Slinkee Minx CD single.

"Summer Rain" was recorded by Australian dance act Slinkee Minx in 2004 for their first album Electric Dreams (2007). It was the first song released from the album, and was released in Australia on August 9, 2004 as a CD single. The song was released under the record label Central Station and was produced by Mike Felks.

The song made its debut on the singles chart at number five, hitting the top spot on the dance chart knocking off "Push Up" by the Freestylers. On its second week it fell out of the top ten to number eleven but jumped back into the top ten, staying there for four more weeks. It spent fifteen weeks in the top fifty and eighteen weeks in the top one hundred, becoming the sixty-first highest selling single in Australia for 2004[17] and was accredited gold by ARIA.[18] "Summer Rain" was released to clubs in more than fifty countries including the US, UK and Europe.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single.[19]

Slinkee Minx chart performance[edit]

Groove Coverage version[edit]

Groove Coverage, a German dance act, recorded the song in 2007.

Matt Fishel version[edit]

Cover art for Matt Fishel's Cover Boy EP.

In 2014, "Summer Rain" was recorded by British singer Matt Fishel for his EP titled Cover Boy. Fishel's version of the song, produced by Fishel and Mark Crew, is more guitar-led than Carlisle's original and features elements of Pop rock and Alternative rock. The song begins and ends with thunder sound effects. For his version, Fishel keeps all the same lyrics and male pronouns from the original. It appears as the opening track on Fishel's Cover Boy EP, released on 14 July 2014 on Young Lust Records.[20][21]


  1. ^ Billboard - Belinda Carlisle Q&A May 7, 2013
  2. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 - Chart Listing For The Week Of Jan 20 1990". Billboard. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Chart Listing For The Week Of Apr 14 1990". Billboard. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Belinda Carlisle - Artist Chart History". Allmusic. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  5. ^ "New Release Summary – Product Available from : 19/03/90 > Singles (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 10)". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Belinda Carlisle: Summer Rain - Australian chart run". Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ " – Belinda Carlisle – Summer Rain". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 11, January 13, 1990". RPM. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ " – Carlisle,Belinda Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ " – Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1991-01-26" UK Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Belinda Carlisle – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Belinda Carlisle.
  16. ^ "Belinda Carlisle – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Belinda Carlisle.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2004". ARIA Charts. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  19. ^ Video on YouTube
  20. ^ "iTunes-Music-Matt Fishel-Cover-Boy", Retrieved on 28 July 2014.
  21. ^ "This week's new releases 14-07-2014", Official Charts Company, UK, 14 July 2014. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.

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