Thursday, December 11, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Cutting Crew

Artist:Cutting Crew
Song:(I Just) Died In Your Arms

Cutting Crew topped the charts in 1986 with (I Just) Died In Your Arms. They had one other top ten hit and then faded quickly. Cutting Crew begins with lead singer Nick Van Eede. After opening for Slade and other bands and releasing a couple of singles in the late 70s, he formed The Drivers. They moved to Canada and released the album Short Cuts on RCA Canada. They scored a hit in Canada in 1983 with Tears On Your Anorak. While on tour, Van Eede became friends with guitarist Kevin MacMichael who was in the opening act Fast Forward. After The Drivers and Fast Forward split up, MacMichael moved to England to work with Van Eede. Demos got them a record deal with Virgin Records and then they hired session musicians Colin Farley (bass) and Martin Beedle (drums) to fill out the band. Cutting Crew is British slang for studio band. After (I Just) Died In Your Arms was a hit in England, Virgin released it in the US and it topped the charts. Apparently it was Virgin's first number one hit in the US. A second single I've Been In Love Before reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album Broadcast was certified Gold. It's available as a budget CD. Van Eede says the phrase "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight came to him while he was having sex with his girlfriend. So yes, the song is about an orgasm. Who else will tell you that? Unfortunately, a management dispute delayed the release of Cutting Crew's second album The Scattering until 1989. It was too long a delay and the album didn't sell. Farley and Beedle left in 1991 and Van Eede and MacMichael recorded the 1992 album Compus Mentus as a duo. Then they split up. MacMichael toured with Robert Plant and then returned to Nova Scotia and produced The Rankin Family among others. He died of lung cancer on Dec. 31, 2002 at age 51. Van Eede formed the band Grinning Souls in 2003 but decided to rename them Cutting Crew. They released a CD in 2005 and they still tour. Here's the video for (I Just) Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew.

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