Modern English released “I Melt with You” on August 6, 1982. It peaked at 78 on the U.S. Billboard 100. The music video was in heavy rotation on MTV in early 1983, while the song was featured in the movie Valley Girl. The song is rumored to be about a couple making love as the world ends via nuclear annihilation.
The band broke up in 1986, but the lead vocalist, Robbie Grey, formed a new version of Modern English and released a re-recorded version of “I Melt with You” in 1991. The band disbanded again, shortly thereafter.
The original line up got back together to tour in 2010 and recorded a drastically different version of “I Melt with You” for the film of the same name. This song was available to download for free on their official website, but I could not download it, anymore.
I Melt with You [7″ Mix] 3’50
I Melt with You [Album Version] 4’10
I Melt with You [Toke’s Rock the Radio Mix] 4’16
I Melt with You [Stop the Radio Mix] 3’58
I Melt with You [Toke’s Rock the World Mix] 5’45
I Melt with You [Carl’s Stop the World Mix] 7’27
I Melt with You [Carl’s Clubs the World] 4’46
I Melt with You [Bass Meltdown Mix] 6’02
The music video for “I Melt with You” is basically a performance video, with a couple in 1940s-style clothing dancing around the band. The leader singer channels some Marc Almond circa Soft Cell fashion. Near the end of the song, there is a close up of a flickering flame, then a composition of the dancing couple and band members in a diagonal line. A light flashes behind the couple, which symbolizes a nuclear explosion.
This is another one of those songs that everyone seems to know, even if radio play was infrequent. From the beginning strums of the janglely guitar, the song is instantly recognizable. The driving percussion really powers the song, though. It’s also a tune that everyone seems to have a fondness for, perhaps due to nostalgia. And, really, what could be more romantic than hooking up with someone before nuclear apocalypse? Ah, romance …
What are your memories of “I Melt with You” by Modern English?