Eternal Flame (song)

Eternal Flame (song)

Single infobox
Name = Eternal Flame

Artist = The Bangles
from Album = Everything
Released = February 11, 1989
Format = Vinyl record (7"), CD (3"), Cassingle
Recorded = Ocean Way, Studio 55 1989
Genre = Pop
Length = 3:56
Label = Columbia Records
Writer = Susanna Hoffs Tom Kelly Billy Steinberg
Producer = David Kahne
Last single = "In Your Room"
This single = "Eternal Flame"
Next single = "Be With You"

"Eternal Flame" is a song by The Bangles, which became a hit single in 1989, peaking at number one in the charts in six countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was written by popular songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs.


It was a ballad, unlike the rest of the garage-band pop songs on their album "Everything". Co-writer Billy Steinberg describes it as "The Beatles meet The Byrds".

The song was inspired by two eternal flames: one for Elvis Presley that Michael Steele saw when the band was at Graceland, and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which Steinberg attended as a child. [Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 hits uit de Top 40, page 261, 9023009444]

It spent one week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, preceded by "The Living Years" by Mike + The Mechanics and followed by "The Look" by Roxette; spent four weeks at number one on the UK singles chart, preceded by "Like a Prayer" by Madonna and followed by "Hand on Your Heart" by Kylie Minogue; and spent seven weeks at the #1 position in the Dutch Top 40. It also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart for two weeks.

The song was Australia's biggest selling single of '89 and was sent-up on Australian TV show "Fast Forward".

Track lists


Atomic Kitten made another massive success, it entered #1 in UK with over 140,000 in the first week and 70,000 in the second week. The single entered top 5 in over ten countries.

Other covers

Infobox Single
Name = Eternal Flame

Artist = Rollergirl
from Album = Now I'm Singin'... And the Party Keeps Rollin'
Genre = Pop
Released = 2000
Recorded = 2000
Writer = Susanna Hoffs Tom Kelly Billy Steinberg
Producer =
Last single = "Luv U More" (1999)
This single = "Eternal Flame" (2000)
Next single = "Superstar" (2000)

*The song has been covered in Japanese language in 1997 by Tomoya Nagase, the vocalist of the Japanese idol rock group Tokio, featuring 3T. This song was used as the theme song of the Nippon TV drama "DXD", which Nagase played the main role. He also wrote the Japanese lyrics of this song. This Japanese cover version was released as a single in Japan under the name of "Tomoya with 3T".
*The song has been covered in 1999 by the Australian group Human Nature on the "Counting Down" album.
*The song has been covered in 2000 by Rollergirl on the "Now I'm Singin'... And The Party Keeps On Rollin"' and released as a single which peaked at #87 in the Swiss Charts [ [] "Eternal Flame" (Rollergirl) page. Accessed: November 2, 2006]
*A cover version has been made in 2005 by the Filipino acoustic duo M.Y.M.P. on the "Versions" album.
* The song has been covered in 2005 by the Portuguese Power Metal band Oratory on the "Interludium" EP
* The song has been covered in 2006 by Lena Hanenberg on the " [ Love Songs] " album
* The song has been covered in 2004 by Beni Arashiro on her "Infinite..." single
* The song has been covered in 2005 by Jeremy Udden on his "Torchsongs" album
* The song has been covered in 2006 by LISA on her "LISABEST ~mission on earth 9307~" album
* The song has been covered in 2001 by the Argentine band Smitten on them "Let me be" album

olo and Live Performances

*An a cappella version of this song was performed by The Night Owls as a part of "Comedy Central Presents: Zach Galifianakis", which was shown on September 17, 2001
*A reggae version of "Eternal Flame" was performed by Wayne Wonder
*A jazz version of this song was performed by Laura Fygi
*A Japanese rendition of "Eternal Flame" was performed by Seiko Matsuda
*The song was performed in 2006 by one of the "Canadian Idol", Ashley Coulter
*It was performed in the Star Academy by Cynthia, Elfy, and Dominique
* Comedian Jeremy Hardy, famous for his atrocious singing, 'sang' the song at the end of an episode of the BBC Radio4 series You'll have had your Tea.
*Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal's character sang an abbreviated "a cappella" version in the independent film "Sherrybaby"
* Singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth sang a humorous version of the song for the staged reading of the musical version of the film "Earth Girls are Easy". It is reported that she might sing it again for an episode of "Pushing Daisies".


Additional sources used:
* The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition)

External links

* [ The Bangles official website]

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