Bryan Adams – “Straight From the Heart” & “Cuts Like A Knife” – The 45 Single (1985)

For the next single that was in my box of vinyl, you get two for the price of one.  It is actually a re-issued single of two of Bryan Adams most popular songs from his ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ album.  A&M Records had a 45 single series called A&M Memories where they re-released singles of artists and both sides were previously released singles from the artist and from the same album.

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The original singles “Straight From the Heart” and “Cuts Like a Knife” were actually released in 1983 as separate singles.  The B-Side for “Straight From the Heart” was “One Good Reason” and the B-Side for “Cuts Like a Knife” was “Lonely Nights”.  This release of those singles was done only a couple years later in 1985. The concept of this A&M series was pretty smart as it gave the customer two hit songs for the price of one.

“Straight From the Heart” was not originally recorded by Bryan Adams although he did write it along with Eric Kagna.  The song was recorded by three separate artists prior to his recording of the song.  It was first recorded by Ian Lloyd in 1980, then Jon English in 1981 and then by Rosetta Stone in 1982.  Bryan finally recorded and released the song in 1983.  And funny enough, that same year, Bonnie Tyler recorded the song for her album, ‘Faster then the Speed of Night’ in 1983. Bryan had to be making a little dough with all those versions going around.

Where “Straight From the Heart” was a ballad, “Cuts Like A Knife” was more of a rocker. It let the world know that Bryan had more to him than the love song and helped make me a fan of his music.  It was this song that turned me on to Bryan and 34 years later, I still listen to his music. The song reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 whilst the other single reached #10. The song was written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

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A cool story on the title of “Cuts Like a Knife”…

In an interview in 1988 with Vancouver’s Georgia Straight newspaper, Adams explained how Vallance and he came up with the title for the song:

“I think that I’m one of the world’s best mumblers, I can mumble some of the best lyrics, but putting them together is another story. I think that’s where Jim is really good — he can piece a story together. It’s just a good thing to have the tape rolling when you’re recording me. The best example was when we wrote “Cuts Like A Knife,” which was just literally a mumble. We looked at each other, rolled the tape back, and it sounded like “cuts like a knife,” so we started singing that.”

Adams and Vallance jammed on the chord progression for a while Adams sang “it cuts like a knife” over and over again. Vallance eventually responded with “but it feels so right.”  (thanks to Wikipedia for all the information).

I love the video for the song.  It was a simple concept of the band playing in a drained out pool and a girl changing into a bathing suit.  Bryan sitting on the side of the pool to start peeling an apple with what?  A knife of course.  The girl changes, then goes and climbs the steps and dives into the drained pool  The shot then shows the band playing in the drained out pool and the girl pulls herself up on the side of the pool all wet.  Very well done.

It is a nice single to have so I can enjoy both songs.  I hope you enjoyed them as well.

“Straight From The Heart”

I could start dreamin’ but it never ends
As long as you’re gone we may as well pretend
I’ve been dreamin’
Straight from the heartYou say it’s easy but who’s to say
That we’d be able to keep it this way
But it’s easier
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s comin’ straight from the heart

I’ll see you on the street some other time
And all our words would just fall out of line
I was dreamin’
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make one more start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart

Written by Bryan Adams & Eric Kagna

“Cuts Like A Knife”

Drivin’ home this evening
I coulda sworn we had it all worked out
You had this boy believin’
Way beyond the shadow of a doubtThen I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you

I took it all for granted
But how was I to know
That you’d be letting go

Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

There’s times I’ve ‘bin mistaken
There’s times I thought I’d ‘bin misunderstood
So wait a minute darlin’
Can’t you see we did the best we could

This wouldn’t be the first time
Things have gone astray
Now you’ve thrown it all away

Now it cuts like a knife
But It feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

Written by Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance

7 thoughts on “Bryan Adams – “Straight From the Heart” & “Cuts Like A Knife” – The 45 Single (1985)

  1. I’ve long been a fan of Bryan Adams, and still have his 1984 album “Reckless,” which spawned several hit songs: Run to You, I Need Somebody, Heaven and Summer of ’69, as well as It’s Only Love, an awesome duet with Tina Turner.

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