” Wonderful Life ” was by Black, real name Colin Vearncombe, who was an English singer-songwriter. Born in Liverpool in 1962, he passed away in January 2016 after being involved in a car accident somewhere near Cork Airport in Ireland.
The song was written by Colin Vearncombe with production for the single by Dave Dix. Dave joined Black in 1981; he played guitar and keyboards along with co-writing. He went on to produce, and engineer Black’s debut Album also called Wonderful Life.
The single was first released in 1986 by record label Ugly Man Records, an independent record label now based in Rhos on Sea in Conwy County Borough, Wales. The second release was in 1987 by record label A&M ( Universal Music Group ) and was taken from the multi-million selling Album of the same name as the single.
After Colin Vearncombe was dropped by record label WEA ( Warner Music Group ), he set about writing the ironically entitled song that was to become his biggest hit. After first being released through record label Ugly Man Records, Colin Vearncombe was picked up by A&M Records and signed to the new label.
Colin spoke of writing the song ” By the end of 1985 I had been in a couple of car crashes, my mother had a serious illness, I had been dropped by a record company, my first marriage went belly up, and I was homeless. Then I sat down and wrote this song called ‘Wonderful Life’. I was being sarcastic “.
Even though Colin did have success with other songs, he felt the effects of being classed as one hit wonder, in an interview he reflected ” Once you have had a hit, it’s hard to write another song without having that in the back of your mind. For a long time, I would find myself hearing, ‘I like it, but it’s not Wonderful Life’ “.
The accompanying music video was directed by Gerard De Thame and shot in black and white around Southport, Merseyside. The English seaside resort is often known as England’s Golfing Capital due to the highest concentration of championship links courses in the UK. Also featured in the video is Wallasey near Liverpool, the hometown of Colin Vearncombe and New Brighton Lighthouse and promenade.
Also featured in the video for ” Wonderful Life ” was the Looping Star roller coaster, fairground ride The Galleon, shrimping boat, local shops and residents of the area.
The song was a commercial success second time around for Black. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart for the second time on the 22nd of August 1987 and peaked at number eight ( reached number forty-two in 1986 ). It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nine weeks on the chart.
” Wonderful Life ” became a Number One in Austria and Poland with a Top Ten placement in many European countries.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 7, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 6, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 5, France (SNEP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 7, Italy (FIMI) 9, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 10, Poland (LP3) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 7, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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