Godley & Creme - Cry (1985)
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"Cry" is a song released by the English music duo Godley & Creme on 11 March 1985. It was included on the duo's album The ...
"Cry" is a song released by the English music duo Godley & Creme on 11 March 1985. It was included on the duo's album The History Mix Volume 1.
The song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Godley & Creme's lone Top 40 hit in the US apart from their former band, 10cc. It reached No. 19 on the UK Singles Chart. The duo also directed the song's music video, which featured faces blended into each other using dissolving and wiping effects.
Creation and recording
After Godley & Creme left their former band 10cc after the group's fourth album, they began writing songs for an album, but became better known for producing music videos for other bands. Within the music video producing process, they met producer Trevor Horn, ex of the Buggles and now heading his own label ZTT Records.
Godley & Creme asked Horn to produce their album, but had very little material that was recording studio ready. After their first track failed to produce the required effect, Horn asked what else they had? The pair had already written the first verse of "Cry", and much as though the song came from a position - a man in a relationship where his partner lies and cheats on him - unlike 10cc's "I'm Not in Love", it didn't come from real-life experience. The three hence sat down and started writing down words and phrases which could be associated with the first verse, and then Horn put Godley in the recording booth to record them. Godley later described the song's creation process as "patchwork like", but it worked due to its envisaged simple production.
The basic sound of the track was provided by electronic music specialist J. J. Jeczalik who used a Clavia synthesizer. Godley & Creme then created the full backing track, which was mixed and produced by Horn.