Everywhere you go there seems to be a classical re working of everything from rave classics to DJ inspired anthems but few have been done so well as this seismic piece of innovative thinking of orchestral arrangements by Cutting Crew of their classics including what we feel is cupids very own theme tune ‘ I just died in your arms tonight’. The Grammy-nominated rock band were formed in England in 1985 by ever-present singer and guitarist, Nick Van Eede with original guitarist, writer and fellow-conspirator from Canada, Kevin MacMichael, Literally within months, the band signed with Siren Records/Virgin on the strength of their melody-rich demos alone.
Cutting Crew, becoming a foursome in 1986, entered the studio the same year to record the multi-million selling debut Broadcast album, one year before “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” exploded and made them stars at home and in the USA where it hit the number one spot in the charts and has so far garnered 5 million plays on the radio in that country alone!
It has since become something of a popular culture icon, finding its way into films such as Hot Tub Time Machine; smash-hit TV series as varied as Stranger Things and Ash Vs Evil Dead and video games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. “I’ve Been in Love Before” and “One for the Mockingbird” also enjoyed massive worldwide radio play, reaching the Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard singles charts respectively and the band began their love affair for touring with worldwide stops as opening act for such groups as The Bangles, Starship and Huey Lewis & the News, as well as their own sell-out headline shows.
Cutting Crew released an award-winning sophomore album, The Scattering, in 1989 and a third in 1992, Compus Mentus. Sadly, after the death of his friend and founder member Kevin, there was an obviously long silence but Nick eventually chose to revive the band the following decade, featuring a radically different line-up, releasing the edgy Grinning Souls recorded in Kevin’s hometown in Nova Scotia in 2006 and the remarkable Add to Favourites in 2015. Artist: Cutting Crew
Title: “Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven”
Release: Album Released 24th April
Lead Track: (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Listen to the full album here (Unreleased PRIVATE STREAM ONLY) – https://soundcloud.com/august-day-records/sets/cutting-crew-ransomed-healed/s-ILDbm