Temptation (Heaven 17 song)

Temptation (Heaven 17 song)

Infobox Single
Name = Temptation

Artist = Heaven 17
from Album = The Luxury Gap
B-side = "We Live So Fast", "Who'll Stop the Rain"
Released = 11 April 1983
Format = 7", 12", 3" CD
Recorded = 1983
Genre = Synthpop
Length = 3:08 (7"), 4:37 (12")
Label = Virgin Records
Writer = Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware
Producer = B.E.F., Greg Walsh
Certification =
Chart position = * #2 (UK)
Last single = "Let Me Go"
This single = "Temptation"
Next single = "Crushed by the Wheels of Industry"

"Temptation" is a single by Sheffield band Heaven 17, originally released in April 1983, peaking at number 2 in the UK charts. This was the second single to be taken from their second album "The Luxury Gap", after November 1982's "Let Me Go" which peaked at number 41.

The guest vocals are provided by Carol Kenyon, who continued to work with the band on the "Pleasure One" and "Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho" albums. The song also featured an orchestra, arranged and conducted by John Wesley Barker, which was also heard for the single "Come Live With Me" and in various tracks on the parent album.

Heaven 17 were featured on Top of the Pops' 1000th edition in 1983, performing this track. In 1992, the song was remixed and re-released by the Brothers in Rhythm, whose new mix charted at number 4 in the UK Top 40, and hitting the top spot in the UK dance charts.

"Temptation" was featured in the 1996 film "Trainspotting". It is also featured on the second volume of the official soundtrack.


The original Heaven 17 video, directed by Steve Barron (who also directed Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that same year) featured the band dressed in black, in drab, grey surroundings in a style of German expressionism and had segments of (what looks like) an abstract office interview of some kind between vocalists Glenn Gregory and a Carol Kenyon lookalike interspersed throughout. Kenyon herself does not feature in the video.


The song was covered by Cradle of Filth. It was produced by Rob Caggiano and released by Roadrunner in September 2006 as the lead single to "Thornography"

The video features Dani Filth and Victoria Harrison, also known as Dirty Harry in a fictional Garden Of Eden and was directed by British horror director Adam Mason. Shooting took place on a farm near Huntington on 7 September, 2006 Fact|date=July 2007 and recreates the biblical tale of Adam and Eve.

At the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007, Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto performed "Temptation", and released it as a charity single. [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/48787-jarvis-cocker-gossips-beth-ditto-cut-charity-single]

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