"Rock Bottom" was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, performed in English by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran. It was also written by de Paul and Moran.
The song says that when people are in a bad situation they should work to solve problems and not be pessimistic about tragedies. Apparently it represents the situation at the time; Eurovision 1977 was almost canceled due to budget restrictions. The BBC, who had to host the contest that year, did not give the song its whole-hearted support.
At the close of voting, it had received 121 points, placing second in a field of 18.
It was succeeded as British representative at the 1978 Contest by Co-Co with "The Bad Old Days".
It charted in several European countries, topping the charts in Switzerland, #2 in Austria, #4 in Germany, #6 in Sweden, #7 in Ireland and Norway and #10 in France. In the U.K., it reached #19 at a time when punk and disco ruled the airwaves. Nevertheless, on the basis of sales from the record-buying public of Europe, it was the winning entry, outperforming the contest's winner.
The duo also recorded a German version of "Rock Bottom" called "Für Immer" and this was covered by the band Wir. Instrumental versions of the song also appeared on James Last's album Auf Last Geht's Los. Other versions have been recorded by amongst others the Studio Group, Armi & Danny, Jörgen Petersenin Orkesteri, Ted Weber, Brothers Of The World, Leni, Günter Noris, Daniel Janin and The Hiltonaires.