5 Cutting Crew Songs Proving They’re Actually Not A ‘One-Hit-Wonder’ Band
You know how everyone thinks of Cutting Crew as a one-hit wonder because of their insanely popular song, ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms?’ Well, it’s time to rethink that notion, my friends. Sure, this catchy tune skyrocketed to number one on the US charts back in May 1987 and dominated the Canadian charts for three weeks. It even conquered several other Billboard charts in the process. But, honestly, this band had so much more to offer. Let me tell you about some of their other fantastic songs that totally prove Cutting Crew was anything but a one-hit-wonder.
1. Don’t Look Back
First up is ‘Don’t Look Back,’ a hidden gem nestled in as the seventh track on Cutting Crew’s 1986 album, ‘Broadcast.’ Written by Nick Van Eede and Kevin Scott MacMichael, this song may not have hit the same level of fame as ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms,’ but trust me, it’s just as awesome. With lyrics all about moving on after a heartbreak and an upbeat tune you can’t help but groove to, ‘Don’t Look Back’ truly shows off the band’s range and talent.
2. Any Colour
Now let’s talk about ‘Any Colour,’ the opening track on the ‘Broadcast’ album. Honestly, this song deserved so much more recognition than it received. I mean, it has a seriously catchy melody and such sweet lyrics that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. If only ‘Any Colour’ had gotten the attention it deserved, it could have easily matched or even outshined Cutting Crew’s debut single.
3. The Last Thing
Alright, here’s a fun fact for you: ‘The Last Thing,’ the ninth track from Cutting Crew’s second album, ‘The Scattering,’ released in 1989, was also their last charting single. Kind of poetic, right? It made it as high as No. 17 in early 1990 and even reached No. 90 on the Canadian chart. So, even though it marked the end of an era for the band, ‘The Last Thing’ is a hidden gem that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on.
4. I’ve Been In Love Before
Now, if you still need more proof that Cutting Crew was more than just a one-hit wonder, let me introduce you to ‘I’ve Been In Love Before.’ This heartfelt ballad, written by lead singer Nick Van Eede, was the second single from the band’s debut album, ‘Broadcast.’ It totally struck a chord with listeners, climbing up to No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. And that, my friends, makes it their second biggest hit in the United States. With its beautifully emotional lyrics and soothing melody, ‘I’ve Been In Love Before’ is yet another reminder that Cutting Crew had so much more to offer.
5. One For The Mockingbird
Last but not least, we have ‘One for the Mockingbird,’ the third single from Cutting Crew’s debut album ‘Broadcast.’ This song, written by frontman Nick Van Eede, may not have climbed to the top of the charts (it peaked at No. 52 in the UK), but it’s still an absolute banger. Released in February 1987 with ‘Mirror And A Blade (Live)’ on the B-side, ‘One for the Mockingbird’ is an underrated track that adds even more depth and variety to Cutting Crew’s impressive discography.
Cutting Crew was definitely more than just a one-hit-wonder. With songs like ‘Don’t Look Back,’ ‘Any Colour,’ ‘The Last Thing,’ ‘I’ve Been In Love Before,’ and ‘One For The Mockingbird,’ the band showcased a wide range of talent and versatility. Their music deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated by both old and new fans alike.