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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Cutting Crew - '(I Just) Died in Your Arms'

I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts lie all around me
And I don't see an easy way
To get out of this
Her diary sits by the bedside table
The curtains are closed, the cat's in her cradle
Who would've thought
That a boy like me could come to this?

I love when an unknown band's very first song goes to number one. It gives me a bit of hope that I can also succeed at things even when it seems very unlikely. That was exactly the case with the Cutting Crew's "I Just Died In Your Arms".They were previously unknown in the states but by May of 1987 the group's first single was sitting at the top of Billboard's Hot 100.

I've heard this song referred to as a power ballad and that doesn't seem to fit for me. When I think of a power ballad I'm envisioning Def Leppard or Whitesnake or some other band with big hair and lots of leather.  I don't know that I'd even consider "I Just Died In Your Arms" a ballad. What it is for me is a really great song that takes me back to high school. The synth kicks in and suddenly I'm in the backseat of my friend's boyfriend's Camaro, driving around the neighborhood.

That's a great memory. Check out the official video below!