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Love Is All Around

"Love Is All Around" is a song composed by Reg Presley and performed by The Troggs. Inspired by a television broadcast of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band, the song was first released as single in October 1967 (UK), peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on 18 May 1968 and #5 on the UK charts. The Troggs' version of this song features a string quartet and a tick-tock-sound on percussion.

Commercial use

"Love Is All Around" was used in The Gap's popular "Denim Dreams" commercial.

Remakes and parodies

"Love Is All Around" has been covered by numerous artists, including R.E.M., with whom the Troggs subsequently recorded their 1992 comeback album Athens Andover. R.E.M.'s cover was a B-side on their 1991 "Radio Song" single. Wet Wet Wet's cover, for the soundtrack to the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, was an international hit and spent 15 weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart. The Troggs' original version was more recently featured in the 1998 film Get Real.

"Love is All Around" was featured in the 1994 film "Bulletproof Heart" starring Anthony LaPaglia and Mimi Rogers.

The song was heard in EastEnders whilst the character of Little Mo Mitchell was raped in the Queen Vic pub. It was also heard in Emmerdale when Steph Stokes was baking cakes following her release from prison for attempted murder.

A parody of the song appears in the opening scene of the British romantic comedy Love Actually (2003), changing "love is all around" to "Christmas is all around" and "come on and let it show" to "come on and let it snow."

The song is covered by The Tea Queens on She's the Man Soundtrack.

Wet Wet Wet version

Wet Wet Wet's version of "Love Is All Around" was released on 9 May 1994. It topped the UK singles chart after two weeks and, fueled by its appearance in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, remained there for fifteen consecutive weeks. All told, the song spent 37 weeks on the Top 75 survey. "We did everybody's head in in the summer of 1994," joked Wets frontman Marti Pellow exactly a decade later. This led to the some radio stations banning the song. "I still think it's a brilliant record. Its strength is its sheer simplicity. Any band would give their eye teeth to have a hit record like that. I'm very proud of it."

The song's composer Reg Presley famously spent some of the proceeds he received on this large hit on crop circle research. He also bought a new home.

Pellow recorded his own version of the song for inclusion on his 2002 album Marti Pellow Sings the Hits of Wet Wet Wet & Smile.

Track listings

CD 1:

  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "I Can Give You Everything" (7" Arthur Baker soul remix)
  3. "Ain't No Stoppin'/Le Freak"

CD 2:

  1. "Love Is All Around/Is This Love?" (live)
  2. "Love Is All Around" (TV mix)
  3. "I Can Give You Everything" (12" house mix)

MC:

  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "I Can Give You Everything" (7" Arthur Baker soul remix)

7":

  1. "Love Is All Around"
  2. "I Can Give You Everything" (7" Arthur Baker remix)

Slovenian-language adaptation

A Slovenian adaptation of Wet Wet Wet version was also recorded, with the lyrics in Slovenian language, by the Slovenian pop band Čuki, as Vsepovsod ljubezen (Slovenian literally for Love everywhere), soon after the original Wet Wet Wet version was released.

Čuki also released a video for their adaptation of the song, which, just like the Wet Wet Wet video, features the same technique of film projection onto blank cards.

Swedish-language adaptation

With new lyrics written by Peter Stedt, the song has also been covered by Lotta Engberg in Swedish as "Du ger mig av din kärlek".

R.E.M. connection

The employment of film projection onto blank cards in the song's video is reminiscent of R.E.M.'s "Radio Song" video, shot three years earlier. Regarding the Wets' recording of the song, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck said, "People say they got the idea to do it from seeing us play - and I hope so, because it made Reg a million pounds or something. It's a great song. I thought it was a fine version."

"I heard their live version - they did it on TV once - and [Marti Pellow] sang it with the same little melody that I threw in there, which was kind of nice," added Mike Mills. "That thing like uh-uh-uh-urrr at the end. That doesn't exist on the original version."

"Oh, okay. I thought you meant bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah," concluded Michael Stipe.

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria Platinum November 22, 1994 30,000
Germany Platinum 1995 300,000
Sweden Platinum October 25, 1994 20,000
UK 2 x Platinum August 1, 1994 1,200,000

Charts

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 2
Latvian Airplay Top 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
End of year chart (1994) Position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 5

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