“I’ll stop the world and melt with you.
You’ve seen the difference,
and it’s getting better all the time.
There’s nothing you and I won’t do.
I’ll stop the world and melt with you.”
I Melt With You, and Mtv staple in 1983, is the song that the band Modern English is best know for. The song, produced by Hugh Jones, was a single fromt he album After the Snow. While never reaching the Top 40 (its highest position was #76, which it reached with a July 1990 re-release), the song gained popularity due to its airplay on Mtv in early 1983, and its inclusion in the closing credits for the movie, Valley Girl. The band re-recorded the song in 1990 for their album Pillow Lips.
This upbeat love song was the only hit for Modern English, but it wasn’t typical of their sound. They were a Punk band, and most of their songs were a lot more raw than this one. The lyrics, “Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace” are a reference to Modern English’s first album, Mesh & Lace.
Personal Reflection: Valley Girl was one of those movies that my best friend and I were ever-prone to watch in the late 80′s/very early 90′s, and re-watch, on a Saturday night. An odd night for staying in and renting movies, one might think, but from what I remember it was the one night we never quite liked going out on. There was always too much expectation in the air on a Saturday night, what with the clubs charging twice the price just to get in the door, and all the long lines, and the copious amounts of couples on a date night going on; it just never held much appeal to the two of us.
Subsequently, it was the couch and some of our personal vices, and a stack of movies, to make it a successful Saturday night for us.
Valley Girl was in that stack more often than not (usually accompanied by Dogs in Space, Sid and Nancy and Modern Girls) and we had our character crushes and moments of singing-a-long that I’ll Melt With You included in the mix.
Even when this song turned into an advertisement for hamburgers (ugh), or when every local radio station decided to play it to near death during its “flashback weekends” and “flashback lunches“, it still always reminds me of Randy (my character crush from Valley Girl) and Julie, and the Valley – totally.
I Melt With You :: Modern English