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Face To Face
One Blind Love
The Longest Day
Take My Breath Away
Let's Fall In Love
Real Life (band)
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Labels||A Different Drum|
|see Members list|
Real Life is a Melbourne-based Australian New Wave band that had hits with its debut single, "Send Me an Angel" (1983) and with "Catch Me, I'm Falling" (1984), both of which were featured on the band's debut album Heartland (1983).
The band originally consisted of David Sterry (lead vocals and guitar), Richard Zatorski (violin and keyboard), Alan Johnson (bass) and Danny Simcic (drums). Steve Williams (keyboard) replaced Zatorski in 1986, who was then replaced by George Pappas in 1996 after a long hiatus of band activity.
Real Life released their second and final album with the original lineup in 1985 titled Flame, which spawned minor hits "One Blind Love" and "Face To Face", although neither the album nor the singles repeated their previous success. The first single, "No Shame", failed to chart; a video was shot for the second single "Face to Face" and it got airplay in Australia but nothing in the way of success. In 1986, they recorded the controversial song "Babies", which was even less successful, for a new North American release Down Comes the Hammer. "Babies" was the first new recording by the band that was not written by David Sterry and Zatorski. There were two other new songs and a re-mix of "Send Me an Angel". This was to be the first of three best-of albums after the band had only recordedstudio LPs. Zatorski left the band due to management pressure and attended law school and is now a practising lawyer in Melbourne. two
At some stage Zatorski formed a new band called Zatorski, and recorded an updated version of "Send Me an Angel". In 1989 Real Life released a new version of "Send me an Angel", titled "Send Me an Angel '89", which fared slightly better than the original in the United States. The video for the 1989 version was identical to the original except Zatorski was edited out of all shots. The Australian video of "Send Me An Angel '89" was shot in Ormond College, The University of Melbourne, with Steve Williams on keyboard. In 1990, they released Lifetime, their first album of all-new material in five years, which spawned minor hits with "God Tonight" and "Kiss The Ground".
Steve Williams (keyboard) was the post-Zatorski musician and was followed by George Pappas. A falling-out occurred between Sterry and the remaining two original members Simcic and Johnson.
In 1998, they released Happy, which was followed in 2004 by Imperfection, this time featuring only David Sterry and George Pappas. In November 2005, Pappas announced his departure from the band. Sterry has continued to carry the band name on his own. In 2004 toured the West coast of the U.S. to promote the album Imperfection with additional member Scott Ingram on drums. For this tour the band consisted of David Sterry, George Pappas and Scott Ingram.
In 2006, a new album of new mixes, Send Me an Angel, was released, bringing the total number of versions of the song to approximately seventeen, including:
- 1983: the original recording
- 1983: the extended version
- 1986: Down Comes the Hammer version
- 1989: four versions in remix form on the "Send Me an Angel 89" single
- 2006: ten versions in remix form on the Send Me an Angel album which has the same cover as the 2004 release Send Me an Angel - Real Life's Greatest Hits, which has two 1989 versions of the song.
Also in 2008, George Pappas released his debut solo album Don't Open Till Doomsday under the artist name of Alien Skin.
"Send Me an Angel" is often referred to as a Pet Shop Boys song, due to it being mislabeled on a widely downloaded Napster MP3. Many online lyrics websites therefore erroneously credit "Send Me an Angel" to the Pet Shop Boys, when it is, of course, by Real Life.
- 1983 — Heartland
- 1985 — Flame
- 1986 — Down Comes the Hammer
- 1989 — Best of Real Life: Send Me An Angel
- 1989 — Let's Fall In Love
- 1990 — Lifetime
- 1997 — Happy
- 1999 — Happier
- 2003 — Imperfection
- 2004 — Imperfection (US version released with additional remix CD)
|Year||Song||ARIA Singles Chart||RIANZ Singles Chart||US Hot 100||Canadian Singles Chart||German Singles Chart||Austrian Singles Chart||Swiss Singles Chart||Spanish Record Charts||Swedish Radio Chart||US Modern Rock||US Dance||Album|
|1983||Send Me an Angel||6||1||29||18||1||9||2||19||4||-||54||Heartland|
|1984||Catch Me I'm Falling||8||-||40||-||9||-||12||-||-||-|
|1985||Face to Face||32||-||-||-||52||-||-||-||-||-||Flame|
|1989||Send Me an Angel '89||51||22||26||-||-||-||-||-||-||5||Best of Real Life|
|Let's Fall in Love/Bleeding Babies||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||21||Let's Fall In Love|
|1991||Kiss the Ground||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||27|
"Send Me an Angel" has been covered by various artists including:
- Niclas Wahlgren - Ängel (1984, S/T LP) in Sweden
- Australian synthpop band Tycho Brahe on their album Tasty
- Thomas Anders of Modern Talking fame (in German) : Heisskalter Engel
- Thomas Anders (Headliner) of Modern Talking fame : Catch me I'm falling
- The eurodance project Netzwerk in 1992
- Pobi on her 1993 Send Me An Angel album
- The intro has been used in the song Piece of my Heart by the eurodance project Intermission
- The project Caya in 1998
- Zeromancer on their 2001 Eurotrash album
- Deadstar Assembly on their debut self titled album in 2002.
- Denison Marrs on their 2002 Then Is The New Now album. They also released it on a 7" single in 2000.
- Thrice on the Punk Goes Pop compilation then later appears on their compilation album If We Could Only See Us Now
- The Quakes on their 2005 Psyops album
- Gregorian on their 2006 album Masters of Chant Chapter V
- Australian dance trio Slinkee Minx on their 2007 album Electric Dreams
- The Dreaming on their 2008 Etched In Blood album
- Atrocity (band) on their cover album titled "Werk 80"
- Dirty on Purpose on their "Like Bees" EP
- Soraya Arnelas on her 2006 Ochenta's album
- Missing Hours on their 2008 self-titled album
- Lovematic feat. Sharon May Linn at the beginning of 2009
- Adam Kult on their Adam album
The song "Send Me an Angel" was featured in the movie RAD. It was played when the two main characters of the movie, Cru and Christian, were performing a freestyle dance with BMX bikes. It was also featured in the film The Wizard.
The song was also used in the Negavision HQ fandub of Sailor Moon Stars for when Eternal Sailor Moon uses her powers to heal people.