In Your Eyes

Released 2nd September, 1986

In Your Eyes was not released as a single in the UK, but it was chosen as the second single in the USA and released on 2 September 1986. The single was also released in Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The A side version differs from the album mix, and has an extended outro, while the B side is a remix by Jason Corsaro.

In Your Eyes reached #26 on the USA Hot 100 on 25 October 1986, eventually spending 28 weeks on the chart. Though it wasn’t Peter’s highest chart position (Sledgehammer was a #1) it was his longest running individual song on the Hot 100, eclipsing both Big Time (23 weeks) and Sledgehammer (21 weeks).

As with other releases in the So album campaign, the cover was designed by Peter Saville Associates, with photography by Trevor Key.

The video was edited and assembled under the direction of York Tillyer and features extracts from the films ‘Connection V’ and ‘Together’ by Michal Rovner, an original video by Graham Dean and Peter Gabriel and Yungchen Lhamo’s ‘Happiness Is…’ music video directed by Michael Coulson. There’s new video material by York Tillyer and extracts from the films “Design for Dreaming’ and ‘America for Me’ from Prelinger Archive Library. Produced by Real World Productions Ltd.

The song gained further prominence in 1989, soundtracking an iconic scene in the Cameron Crowe directed film Say Anything. John Cusack’s character Lloyd Dobbler holds a boombox aloft to play the song under the window of love interest Diane Court (Ione Skye) in an attempt to win her back.

John Cusack as Lloyd Dobbler in Say Anything. Image (c) 20th Century Fox.

The single was released on 7″& 12″
In Your Eyes
In Your Eyes (Special Mix)

Side A Produced by Peter Gabriel, Daniel Lanois, Bill Laswell. Engineers Kevin Killen, Jason Corsaro
Side B Remix engineer Jason Corsaro. Based on material produced by Daniel Lanois and Peter Gabriel. Engineered by Kevin Killen.

Both mixes of In Your Eyes from this single release are available on the digital-only compilation Flotsam and Jetsam.