THE BEACH BOYS “Here Comes The Night” b/w “Here Comes The Night (Instrumental)” (1979)

Here Comes The Night b/w
Here Comes The Night (Instrumental) (1979)
The Beach Boys Go Disco

So you’re a true Beach Boys fan, eh? Let’s put that to the test. From the disco shelf comes this vinyl rip of The Boys’ 1979 butt-shaking move into the dance market, “Here Comes The Night.” The 10-1/2 minute track was released in its full “Disco Single” glory on L.A. (Light Album). Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the tune was arranged and produced by Curt Becher (a.k.a. Boettcher) and Bruce Johnston. Unless you bought the 12-inch single, however, you missed out on the equally non-essential, but still fascinating, instrumental mix, clocking in at 9 minutes. Think about that. It’s got all the attributes of disco…. minus The Beach Boys vocals. That said, the percussion (sans the instrumentation) is actually OK, and that bass throb that occasionally mimics a vocal “doob” is inspired. Hear “Here Comes The Night (Instrumental),” below. You’ll find some repeat-listen Beach Boys in the archives (HERE).

Here Comes The Night (10:31)
Here Comes The Night (Instrumental) (9:03)

25 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    November 1, 2012 - 20:40 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    rap
    November 1, 2012 - 21:09 | Permalink

    Original version on Wild Honey, btw.

  • 3
    Willard
    November 1, 2012 - 21:15 | Permalink

    Oh yeah. Forgot all about that. One of my fave BB albums, too.

  • 4
    collected poems
    November 1, 2012 - 22:06 | Permalink

    inspired post!

  • 5
    November 2, 2012 - 01:34 | Permalink

    Suddenly I have a strange desire to buy a polyester suit and “boogie down” with wild abandon with coked out Studio 54 chicks wearing too much lipstick and 15 inch heels while shooting some gnarly curls on my balsa!

  • 6
    Duncan Walls
    November 2, 2012 - 03:29 | Permalink

    God, I kept this for years. I did enough Disco DeeJaying on the side (What? They paid me GOOD money and I got most of my titles from the slush pile at a radio station, which wouldn’t play ANY of itbesides, some of the ‘LPs’ had sexy covers of girls I could never get)). I still have a couple of those classics in my ‘working vinyl’ collection if some one ever asks me to Dj again.

    But this single…I tried my best to integrate what I considered the BEST of the 12″ experiments in Remix that many Pop and Rock acts produced under pressure from the Record Companies. There were a few winners ( I find them now at Burning The Ground,blog, which offers many titles i previously owned) for us…The Kinks ‘Superman’. Rod Stewart had a few home-run Dance Mixes, Kiss doing ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ before all the New Romantic scene exploded in the early 80s. This single was NOT a winner. It was TOO long and boring. It wasn’t even a GOOD Disco 12″. I tried it a couple of times and was disappointed in how it ‘mixed’ with other tunes ( it didn’t)…maybe the LOW point of the Beach Boys? [BTW, I still DL
    ed it!]

  • 7
    Visions
    November 2, 2012 - 19:26 | Permalink

    Worst thing they ever did. But fun. Once.

    • 8
      Mark
      November 8, 2012 - 02:46 | Permalink

      Nope, it’s still much better than that Kokomo song.

  • 9
    November 3, 2012 - 06:50 | Permalink

    That’s what happens when some artists try to follow others’ path.
    They tried to be the Bee Gees, who were selling at that time millions of copies of disco music+superb harmonies.
    Carefully pruduction from Bruce Johnston was not enough.
    I love this track… I’d understand some people would forget it asap.
    Weird, ain’t it?
    Anyway, the Boys did not begin to bore us until Summer in Paradise. That’s BORING music, not this.
    Thanks 4 da sharing, Captain.

  • 10
    time
    November 3, 2012 - 07:41 | Permalink

    Antonio J got it right – this is NOT BORING. I always liked it. It’s inventive, “throbs along nicely”, and the vocal parts are as glossy as the back of a satin tour jacket. It’s a lush foam bath of glitter, with a beat, so hooray for it. Also plus too, real musicians playing real instruments. Folk music, if you like. Play next to the disco version of Carly Simon’s My New Boyfriend for White Disco sumptuousness overload.

  • 11
    November 3, 2012 - 10:17 | Permalink

    Wherein the Beach Boys attempt to shake some booty…it must be jelly ’cause jam don’t shake like that.

  • 12
    buzzbabyjesus
    November 3, 2012 - 21:56 | Permalink

    Wow. That’s disco all right. I gave it three minutes.

  • 13
    Leon
    November 4, 2012 - 13:31 | Permalink

    Is it completely wrong that I actually like this? Frankly, I like the idea of mixing up the patented Beach Boys formula. And yes, I also like the Stones’ “Miss You” and Bowie’s “Fame,” so is it any won-dah I would like this too?

  • 14
    Ryan
    November 4, 2012 - 13:58 | Permalink

    I use to listen to this and “Sports”, while wandering about in Chicago’s Chinatown.

  • 15
    November 5, 2012 - 12:30 | Permalink

    This song has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I have always liked the vocal and instrumental arrangements, regardless of the bad press this version has gotten over the years. Thanks for the post.

  • 16
    Mark
    November 8, 2012 - 02:44 | Permalink

    This would have made a good chase music for CHiPs, the 70′s motorcycle cop show. That’s what I always picture when listening to the disco version of Here Comes the Night. Yes, it’s WAY too long. But I think there is a radio edit. Disco is disposable, and this song is just as good as alot of disco songs, except the BeeGees and a couple others. At least the BB’s tried something different at this late point in their career, and at least they didn’t try this with a surf song!

  • 17
    wyatt
    November 8, 2012 - 17:07 | Permalink

    Would have been great as part of the soundtrack for Doctor Detroit.

  • 18
    Colin H
    November 9, 2012 - 19:55 | Permalink

    Friends, Wild Honey, and the debut album didn’t get posted with the big wave of BB 2012 mono/stereo RM’s that have been going up on Exy the last week or so, which they now seem to have concluded their posts of… does anyone know if those 3 got RM’d now too?

  • 19
    Colin H
    November 9, 2012 - 20:00 | Permalink

    …or have opinions on whether there’s a noticeable sound quality boost in the RM’s?

  • 20
    mylene
    November 27, 2012 - 07:44 | Permalink

    The arrangement’s almost a shot by shot rip off of The Four Seasons’ Who Loves You. Strangely, Cristina’s classic 12″ Disco Clone’s arrangement sounds almost identical to this. The b side instrumental is pretty classic … especially the ending :)

  • 21
    htsbear
    December 13, 2012 - 21:04 | Permalink

    I LOVE THIS mine [copy] mysteriously went missing its aguilty pleasure. having worked the BBoys in the early 80s after 6 weeks with them i came to realize the didnt have a clue Lou g

    • 22
      Willard
      December 14, 2012 - 15:38 | Permalink

      What were their issues?

  • 23
    whomesowhat
    December 14, 2012 - 15:27 | Permalink

    I’ve always loved this….don’t know what happened to my copy. Having just discovered your site, I was very excited to see it. Imagine my disappointment that the link did not work. Please repost, Thank you!!!

    • 24
      Willard
      December 14, 2012 - 15:39 | Permalink

      That’s because MF sucks these days. The DF link is working fine, though.

      There’s a new Zippy link up, too.

  • 25
    whomesowhat
    December 15, 2012 - 08:30 | Permalink

    Thank you…the DF link worked great!!!!

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