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

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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)


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

    Search HERE

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

    Original version on Wild Honey, btw.

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

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

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

    inspired post!

  • 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!

  • 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!]

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

    Worst thing they ever did. But fun. Once.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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

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

      What were their issues?

  • DamGreek
    June 8, 2014 - 04:28 | Permalink

    The record was heavily promoted back in 1979, as the LA(LIGHT ALBUM) was the first release for the Beach Boys on the CARIBOU label, and hopes were high that HCTN would become a big hit. It did garner quite a bit of airplay in the USA, but with the original recording being done at over 10 minutes, the 7″ 45 version (ie the 4:28 EDIT version) sounded a bit disjointed, and didn’t flow as well as the full version. It also came at the end of what was considered the Disco Era. By this time, people had had enough of Disco! Another point that’s interesting to me..was that was recorded and produced as a 10 minute plus track and then edited down for the single. Usually it was done the other way around. A song was usually “extended” after a single version was a hit. So, you could argue that when Bruce Johnston conceived this track (originally to have been a possible SOLO release by him)
    to record it as a long track was somewhat unique.

    To many, this track has an amazing vocal peformance which has been said was clearly an opportunity for the band to showcase their great vocal ability. Love the way Carl sings throughout. Today, it does sound a bit dated, but I know many BB fans who love it. I give it a spin on occasion and do enjoy it.

    Anyway, there was a lot of Promo activity for this record and there are many variations of the 12″ single, which came out as both PROMO and STOCK issues. In the USA all of the following were issued and you’ll note (except for the BLUE Vinyl) all of them have the same serial number!!

    All are 12″ versions which came in either a white generic cover or a pink generic cover showing a side view of a woman with red lips, which had a Black Sticker with white lettering saying THE BEACH BOYS “HERE COMES THE NIGHT”. Here’s what was issued:

    Here Comes the Night (10:42)/HCTN (Instrumental) (10:42)
    Caribou White Label Promo 2Z8-9028
    (The 10:42 version was actually 10:36, and the Instrumental is actually 9:04; thus on BOTH sides, the 10:42 time is a misprint)

    Here Comes the Night (10:42)/HCTN (Instrumental) (10:42)
    Caribou White Label Promo AS 557 BLUE Vinyl
    (Again, the 10:42 version was actually 10:36, and the Instrumental is actually 9:04; thus on BOTH sides, the 10:42 time is a misprint. Also, some were sent to Radio Stations with autographs by all Six Beach Boys or a combination of 3 or 4 of the group, signing their first names. Some may have had full names signed. The Autographs were usually on the label on ONE side of the 12″s. There are many copies which do not have any autographs as well.)

    Here Comes the Night (10:42)/HCTN (Instrumental) (10:42).
    Caribou BROWN Label Promo 2Z8-9028
    (Again, the 10:42 version was actually 10:36, and the Instrumental is actually 9:04; thus on BOTH sides, the 10:42 time is a misprint. This promo has the STOCK BROWN label, with
    the words DEMONSTRATION NOT FOR SALE printed on the label on both sides. One of the harder to find nowadays)

    Here Comes the Night (6:44) (Short Version)/HCTN (9:43) (Long Version)
    DJ RESERVICE Caribou White Label Promo 2Z8-9028
    (This contains a “short” version at 6:44 and a “long” version at 9:43. (The words “Short Version” appear on one side, and “Long Version” appear on the other) I’m not sure why the “long” version was done, as it’s only about a minute shorter than the regular 12″ version. I may have compared the “long” version with the 12″ version (ie the 10:36 version) years ago, but I don’t remember the exact difference if any. Could also be a misprint on the time. There was also a 7″ promo with a DJ RESERVICE which featured the 4:28 version on one side (which was the original 7″ edit) and a shorter 3:08 version on the other side. I do remember actually hearing this shorter version on the radio here in the USA.)

    Here Comes the Night (10:42)/ HCTN Instrumental (10:42)
    Brown Caribou STOCK issue 2Z8-9028
    (The first issues of this STOCK Copy in the USA, Again, the 10:42 version was actually 10:36, and the Instrumental is actually 9:04; thus on BOTH sides, the 10:42 time is a misprint)

    and finally

    Here Comes the Night (10:36) / HCTN Instrumental (9:04)
    Brown Catibou STOCK Issue 2Z8-9028.
    (Finally got BOTH sides with the CORRECT times, when they reprinted it.)

    In Canada, there were version on Colored Vinyl. One was PINK with black lines. The 2nd was Yellow with black lines and the 3rd had Clear Vinyl with black lines. There may have been a Black Vinyl issue as well as a promo. In the UK…it was issued with a picture cover showing a curtain being pulled down on the front, on BOTH Black and Blue Vinyl. There may have been issues elsewhere in the world, but Ive not seen any, which were on 12″ Vinyl.



    • Willard
      June 8, 2014 - 08:14 | Permalink

      Thanks Greek,

      Something I always try to do here is use the exact same artwork as the music that’s being posted (even though most of the artwork lazily comes from the web). But your detailed account of this 12″ made me realize I used the wrong art for it, so I’ve doctored that…. thanks. This is actually the brown Caribou “stock” version of “Here Comes The Night” (with the correct times… even though the actual mp3’s times are a couple of seconds off because it’s a rip). Thanks.

  • DamGreek
    June 8, 2014 - 23:25 | Permalink

    Hey Willard–

    Love your blog. There’s WAY TOO MUCH GREAT MUSIC on it. I am a very serious Beach Boys’ collector and known throughout the world. In fact, if you haven’t seen it…this is a website I do with a few other collectors and many who contribute from around the world. Have a look. You can even see the promo HCTN issues on 7″ Vinyl (Click on the USA Flag, then REGULAR ISSUES, then CARIBOU Promos…and they’re there). We haven’t added all of the 12″ yet, but we’ll get to it. Have a look:

    We do the website a bit anonymously to encourage others to participate, and we also don’t include “values”. We let the market determine this. Don’t want anyone saying, “Well the website says it’s worth XX Dollars…” Because the market changes and some things gain value and others lose value over time and back again.

    Also…I think somewhere, there’s a bootleg with bits and pieces of the vocal session for this version of HCTN. I’ll have to check to see if I have it somewhere on an old cassette ….but who knows where I have it??



    • Willard
      June 9, 2014 - 08:07 | Permalink

      That’s pretty obsessive.

  • DamGreek
    June 8, 2014 - 23:29 | Permalink

    To make it easier for you:

    Promo 7″ Issues of HCTN….regular and the DJ RESERVICE version with the 3::08 edit are here:



  • srimad1
    February 5, 2016 - 14:25 | Permalink

    Say what you will but this 12″ was a whole LOT better than almost everything they did after.

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