Music Video of the Day: (I Just) Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew (1987, directed by Peter Kagan and Paula Greif)

Today’s music video of the day is for yet another song that I remember fondly from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.  I used to think that I inherited my love of music from my father, who played bass in several different bands back in the day.  Now, I realize that it’s probably all due to spending too much time playing Grand Theft Auto.  Never let it be said that outrageously violent video games don’t serve a purpose.

When Nick van Eede sings that he “died in your arms tonight,” he’s referring to the French phrase, Le petite mort, which is also slang for having an orgasm.  As van Eede later explained it, he wrote the song after a one night stand with an ex-girlfriend.  Every aspiring artist dreams of coming up with a hit while also getting laid at the same time but van Eede actually did it.  It took him only three days to write and record the song and it subsequently went on to become Cutting Crew’s biggest hit.  It was also, at the time, the most successful single to be released by Virgin Records in the States.