Here Comes the Night (Them song)


Here Comes the Night (Them song)

Infobox Single
Name = Here Comes the Night


Caption =
Artist = Them
from Album =
A-side = "Here Comes the Night" (Bert Berns)
B-side = "All for Myself"
Released = 3 May 1965
Format =
Recorded =
Genre =
Length = 2:47
Label = Decca Records (UK), Parrot Records (USA)
Writer = Bert Berns
Producer =
Certification =
Chart position = * #2 UK
* #24 US
Last single = "Gloria"
(1965)
This single = "Here Comes the Night"
(1965)
Next single = "Mystic Eyes"
(1965)
Misc =
"Here Comes the Night" is a 1964 song, written by Bert Berns and originally recorded by Lulu & the Luvvers. [Rogan, No Surrender, p.102] The band Them, whose lead singer was Van Morrison had a smash hit with it when their version was released in 1965.

History

This was the second Them record produced by Bert Berns and the first that he had written for Them. Despite a bold, breezy tone, it was a tale of obsessive jealousy and approaching loneliness from the point of view of a rejected lover who voyeuristically watches the new couple.
Jimmy Page played guitar on this arrangement. Andy White and Tommy Scott performed backing vocals with Phil Coulter on keyboards. Coulter later said, "I knew I'd heard a smash. It was the first time I'd ever heard a hit record in its emerging state." [Rogan, No Surrender, p 111-112]

"Here Comes The Night" was Them's third single, released following the success of "Gloria". The first day of its release it sold 16,000 copies, at the time an impressive showing. [Rogan, No Surrender, p112] It peaked at #2 UK and #24 US, spending 10 weeks on the U.S. chart. It was also released on the EP "Mystic Eyes". After the record was released, Them immediately was sent on a public relations push with television appearances on "Ready Steady Go!" and "Top of the Pops".

Van Morrison has remarked on this: [Rogan, No Surrender, p 112]

Them were never meant to be on "Top of the Pops", I mean miming? Lip syncing? We used to laugh at the programme, think it was a joke. Then we were on it ourselves. It was ridiculous. We were totally anti that type of thing. We were really into the blues...and we had to get into suits and have make-up put on and all that..

It was released on the Parrot (US) version of the album "THEM" in July 1965, and also appears on the album, "The Story of Them".

Appearance on other Van Morrison albums

* Van Morrison (1974). Having gone on to a critically acclaimed solo career, Morrison revisited "Here Comes the Night" on his seminal live album, "It's Too Late to Stop Now". This rendition is augmented by a string section.
*"Here Comes the Night" (the original 1965 version) is one of the hits that is included on Van Morrison's 2007 compilation album, "Still on Top - The Greatest Hits".

Other versions

* Lulu (1964).
* David Bowie (1973). On his covers album "Pin Ups".
* The Rivals (1980). A punk version. The Rivals thought they were covering a David Bowie song.
* Native (1994). A reggae version. Featured memorably in the film (and soundtrack to) "".
* Dwight Yoakam (1992).

Notes

References

*Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison:No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 9780099431831

External links

* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e# Lyrics and Audio sample] 1970s, It's Too Late to Stop Now


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Here Comes the Night — may refer to:* Here Comes the Night by Destroyer (band) on the album This Night * Here Comes the Night (Bert Berns song), originally recorded by Them * Here Comes the Night (Beach Boys song) * Here Comes the Night (Barry Manilow album) * Here… …   Wikipedia

  • Here Comes Garfield — was the first half hour animated televised special based on the Garfield comic strip. It features the voices of Lorenzo Music as Garfield and others who later went on to voice their characters in future Garfield specials and the television series …   Wikipedia

  • The Night Before Larry Was Stretched — is an Irish execution ballad written in the Newgate cant.AuthorThe ballad is estimated to have been written around 1816. Will (Hurlfoot) Maher, a shoemaker from Waterford, wrote the song, though Dr. Robert Burrowes, the Dean of St. Finbar’s Cork …   Wikipedia

  • Here Comes Your Man — Infobox Single Name = Here Comes Your Man |225px Artist = Pixies from Album = Doolittle Released = June 01, 1989 Format = Vinyl record (7 ), CD Recorded = October/November 1988 Genre = Alternative rock Length = 3:21 Label = 4AD/Elektra Producer …   Wikipedia

  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail — Infobox Film name = Here Comes Peter Cottontail director = Jules Bass Arthur Rankin Jr. writer = Thornton W. Burgess Romeo Muller starring = Casey Kasem Danny Kaye (narrator) Vincent Price Joan Gardner producer = Jules Bass Arthur Rankin Jr.… …   Wikipedia

  • Gloria (Them song) — Infobox Single Name = Gloria Artist = Them Album = The Angry Young Them A side = Baby, Please Don t Go B side = Gloria Released = Start date|1964|6|11 (as B side) Start date|1965 (as A side) Format = Vinyl 7 Recorded = Genre = Rock Length = 2:38… …   Wikipedia

  • Children Of The Night (band) — Infobox musical artist | Name = Children Of The Night Img capt = Background = group or band Years active = 1977 present Origin = Leeds, England Label = Worldwide except USA: United Artists, EMI USA: Geffen Associated acts = URL =… …   Wikipedia

  • The Ray D'Arcy Show — Genre Chat / music Running time 09:00 – 12:00 Country …   Wikipedia

  • Them (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Them Img capt = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Genre = Rock, blue eyed soul, garage rock, blues rock Years active = 1964 1971 1979 Label = Decca, Parrott Records Happy Tiger …   Wikipedia

  • The Beach Boys — Infobox musical artist Name = The Beach Boys Img capt = The surviving Beach Boys in 2006 (L R): Brian Wilson, David Marks, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Mike Love Landscape = Background = group or band Origin = Hawthorne, California, USA Genre =… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.