(Feels Like) Heaven

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"(Feels Like) Heaven"
Single by Fiction Factory
from the album Throw the Warped Wheel Out
  • "Everyone But You"
  • "This Is"
Released31 December 1983
Genre New wave
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) Eddie Jordan & Kevin Patterson
Producer(s) Peter Wilson
Fiction Factory singles chronology
"Ghost of Love"
"(Feels Like) Heaven"
"All or Nothing"

"(Feels Like) Heaven" is a song by Scottish band Fiction Factory, which was released in 1983 as the second single from their debut studio album Throw the Warped Wheel Out . The track was a hit in Switzerland, reaching #2 on the singles chart. In the UK, it peaked at #6. Other chart positions include #10 in Germany, #14 in Sweden and #20 in Austria. The song is a regular feature on 1980s and new wave compilations.


Fiction Factory had no other notable successes beyond "(Feels Like) Heaven", marking the band as a one-hit wonder. [1]

The song was written by Kevin Patterson and Eddie Jordan shortly after they had formed Fiction Factory with Chic Medley. The lyric has been described by the band as "an anti-love song", while recognising that it has come to have a different meaning for different people. [1]

The song was referenced in Ariel Pink's 2017 song "Feels Like Heaven". [2]

Critical reception

On its release, Ian Birch of Smash Hits wrote, "Imagine a smattering of H2O, China Crisis and The Lotus Eaters with a clean-cut production. One to watch in '84." [3] Tony Jasper of Music Week noted the song "has a fetching feel with a good blend of vocals and backing track". [4] Frank Edmonds of the Bury Free Press gave the song an 8 out of 10 rating and described it as a "truly impressive and pleasing little number, with a relaxed, catchy melody". [5] In the US, David Okamoto of The Tampa Tribune described it as "the song Spandau Ballet would kill for" and "one of the prettiest singles of the year". [6]

Track listing

  1. "(Feels Like) Heaven"
  2. "Everyone But You"
  1. "(Feels Like) Heaven"
  2. "Everyone But You"
  3. "This Is"


Chart (1984)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [7] 51
Austrian Singles Chart [8] 20
Dutch Singles Chart [9] 16
German Singles Chart [10] 10
Irish Singles Chart [11] 4
Italian Singles Chart [12] 33
New Zealand Singles Chart [13] 24
Swedish Singles Chart [14] 14
Swiss Singles Charts [15] 2
UK Singles Chart [16] 6

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