Tomorrow Never Dies (song)

"Tomorrow Never Dies" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow that serves as the theme song to the James Bond film of the same name and its video game adaptation. The song was co-written by Crow and the song's producer Mitchell Froom,[2] and became her fifth UK top-20 hit, peaking at No. 12 in December 1997.

"Tomorrow Never Dies"
Sheryl Crow, Tomorrow Never Dies.png
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Tomorrow Never Dies: Music from the Motion Picture
B-side
  • "Strong Enough"
  • "The Book"
  • "No One Said It Would Be Easy"
  • "Ordinary Morning"
ReleasedDecember 1, 1997 (1997-12-01)[1]
GenreRock
Length4:50
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mitchell Froom
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"Home"
(1997)
"Tomorrow Never Dies"
(1997)
"My Favorite Mistake"
(1998)
James Bond theme singles chronology
"GoldenEye"
(1995)
"Tomorrow Never Dies"
(1997)
"The World Is Not Enough"
(1999)

HistoryEdit

Another song, "Tomorrow Never Dies", written by the movie's composer David Arnold and performed by k.d. lang, was originally produced as the official theme tune. When Crow's song became the official theme, the k.d. lang song was relegated to the end credits and renamed "Surrender". The melody of "Surrender" still remains in Arnold's score.[3]

In addition to k.d. lang's song, the James Bond producers solicited tracks from other artists, including Pulp, The Cardigans, Saint Etienne, and Swan Lee. These ultimately were rejected in favour of Crow's song.[4]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Entertainment Weekly     [5]

Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "Crow steps forward with a tune that perfectly fuses her distinctive rock/pop style with the bombastic sound that has become the Bond signature. She wails with appropriate melodrama as an array of fluid guitar riffs and swooping strings and piano lines collide at the song's climax." He added, "It's a wonderfully delicious moment that tops off a stellar, deservedly hit-bound recording."[6] Entertainment Weekly music critic Jim Farber negatively reviewed the song, explaining, "While Crow's music has the right swank and swing, her brittle voice lacks the operatic quality of the best Bond girls and boys, like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, or even Melissa Manchester. Tomorrow Never Dies should be for her ears only." (Manchester has never recorded a song for a James Bond film.)[5] Farber called the choice of Crow "the worst hire since A-ha fronted one of these themes."[5]

Writing for Filmtracks.com, Christian Clemmensen wished Lang's song had remained, and thought Crow's "beach-bum voice and lazy performance was a disgrace to the film."[7] Pan-European magazine Music & Media wrote that "this is a topnotch song and a classy record. In true Bond style, it could best be described as a mini epic."[8] Also NME complimented the song, stating, "But, believe it or not, this is a low-key beauty and probably the best thing 'Miss' Crow has ever done. Crow has virtually reinvented the Bond theme by shrugging off the weight of history and playing it straight."[9] A reviewer from Rolling Stone was also critical, believing Lang's song to be superior.[10] Ian Hyland from Sunday Mirror rated the song nine out of ten. He commented, "Miss Crow follows the fine tradition of Bond themery with a dreamily brilliant rock song demanding play after play."[11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

At the 55th Golden Globe Awards, "Tomorrow Never Dies" received a nomination for Best Original Song, but it lost to "My Heart Will Go On" by James Horner and Will Jennings.[12] The song also received a nomination at the 41st Grammy Awards for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, losing again to "My Heart Will Go On".[13]

Track listingsEdit

All songs were written by Sheryl Crow. Additional writers are credited in parentheses.

ChartsEdit

Alternate rejected theme songsEdit

While Sheryl Crow was ultimately selected to sing the theme to Tomorrow Never Dies, like others before it, it was not the only song recorded for the film. A top contender, alternative rock band Pulp, wrote a song for the film, which was later retitled "Tomorrow Never Lies" and released as a B-side to their This Is Hardcore album in 1998. Britpop band Saint Etienne recorded their own version of a song titled "Tomorrow Never Dies", which was later released as an exclusive to their fanclub on their Built On Sand album in 1999. Canadian country and pop singer k.d. lang's optioned theme, "Surrender", which was co-written by the film's composer, David Arnold, ended up being used as an end-title song.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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