The first single drawn from Peter Murphy's third solo album, 1990's Deep, "Cuts You Up" was described by Murphy himself as having "a very driving, acoustic quality to it and lots of sort of hooky, melodic overtones to it with a not-so-straight lyric" -- which just about sums it up. According to producer Simon Rogers, Murphy brought the song to the sessions in more-or-less its final form -- "It was pretty much exactly like the demo." Murphy had even visualized the haunting violin part that runs through the performance, inserting a sample, and Rogers wryly recalled, "we thought it would be bliss if someone actually played that line. We got a really great viola player in to do it -- and it was shit. He played it great, but it didn't sound as good as the sample. It didn't have that atmosphere -- it was too moody." The sample, on the other hand, had an almost celebratory air to it, matching the song's triumphant edge, and was retained for the finished release. "Cuts You Up" wound up becoming Murphy's most successful release yet, reaching number 55 on the U.S. chart, selling over 250,000 copies in just three weeks. In addition, excellent live versions of the song appear on the B-side of "You're So Close" (1992, recorded in 1990) and on 2001's Alive Just for Love album.