- Here Comes the Night (Them song)
Name = Here Comes the Night
Artist = Them
from Album =
A-side = "Here Comes the Night" (
B-side = "All for Myself"
Length = 2:47
Decca Records(UK), Parrot Records(USA)
Chart position = * #2 UK
* #24 US
Last single = "Gloria"
This single = "Here Comes the Night"
Next single = "
Misc ="Here Comes the Night" is a 1964 song, written by
Bert Bernsand originally recorded by Lulu & the Luvvers. [Rogan, No Surrender, p.102] The band Them, whose lead singer was Van Morrisonhad a smash hit with it when their version was released in 1965.
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 Pageplayed guitar on this arrangement. Andy White and Tommy Scott performed backing vocals with Phil Coulteron 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 relationspush 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
2007compilation album, " Still on Top - The Greatest Hits".
* 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) "".
*Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison:No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 9780099431831
* [http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/?m=Content&Content(record_id)=b2950180e54389f3cf9d93ad908ac00e# Lyrics and Audio sample] 1970s, It's Too Late to Stop Now
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