In Every Dream Home a Heartache

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"In Every Dream Home a Heartache"
Song by Roxy Music
from the album For Your Pleasure
ReleasedMarch 1973
RecordedFebruary 1973 at Command Studios, London
Label EG Records
Songwriter(s) Bryan Ferry
Producer(s) Chris Thomas, John Anthony and Roxy Music

"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" is a song written by Bryan Ferry, originally appearing on his band Roxy Music's second album, For Your Pleasure.


Lyrically, the song is a sinister monologue, part critique of the emptiness of opulence, partly a love song to an inflatable doll. Musically this is complemented by a cycling four-bar chord progression,(D# F# F G#) led by a 'cinema organ' style Farfisa part. After the lyrical conclusion "I blew up your body/but you blew my mind!", the song climaxes with an extended instrumental section, with the lead taken by guitarist Phil Manzanera.

On the original vinyl LP, the song was the last one on side A, and appeared to fade out into the run-out groove, only to return, heavily processed with phase shifting techniques. This audio pun is preserved on the CD release.

The song is one of the most iconic and popular in the Roxy Music catalogue[ citation needed ], having been performed by them, for instance, on the BBC Old Grey Whistle Test show, and regularly in live sets, as featured on Roxy Music's live albums Viva! and Concerto . The band's live performance on an edition of the German Beat Club shows Mackay playing the organ part, with Ferry on rhythm guitar. Eno replaces the studio phase-shifting process with tape delay techniques.

In 2019, the song was used in the television series Mindhunter . It was played over the cold open of Season 2/Episode 1 depicting American serial killer Dennis Rader. The song was also used in the film The Gentlemen when Raymond Smith (Charlie Hunnam) breaks into a council estate flat.[ citation needed ]

Cover versions

The song has been covered by Jared Louche of Chemlab, Rozz Williams and Gitane Demone on their album Dream Home Heartache , the album's title referencing the song, Jane Birkin on her Rendez-Vous album of 2004. [3] It has also been performed in concert by Peter Murphy on his 2009 tour. Another version was recorded by Fields of the Nephilim as the B side for their 1987 single Blue Water . Canadian anticon related alternative hip hop artist Buck 65 covered the song on his sixth solo album Vertex from 1999. Mike Patton-fronted supergroup Tomahawk have covered the song in live sets. [4]

Bassist John Taylor, during his solo period after leaving Duran Duran in 1997, organized a Roxy Music tribute album called Dream Home Heartaches: Remaking/Remodeling Roxy Music (released 1999). The title song was covered by Xan. [5]

Former Chemlab vocalist Jared Louche covered the song with The Aliens for his 1999 solo debut Covergirl . [6]

It has also been covered by the Canadian group Kids on TV.

In 2009 it appeared on Talk Normal's début album Sugarland.

In 2013, it was covered by the Melvins for their covers album Everybody Loves Sausages , with guest vocals by Jello Biafra. Kevin Rutmanis also guests, playing bass.

Bardo Pond released an EP with the song on side B for Record Store Day in 2015. [7]

On February 14, 2020, the band Lulu Lewis released The Love Song EP, an album of cover songs, [8] including Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home a Heartache." [9]


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