A Trick of the Night

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"A Trick Of The Night"
Single by Bananarama
from the album True Confessions

Cut Above The Rest

Set on You
Released January 1987
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded September 1985
Genre Pop
Length 4:40 (Album Version)
4:22 (US Single Version)
4:06 (Single Version)
Label London Records
Writer(s) Jolley & Swain
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Bananarama singles chronology
"More Than Physical"
"A Trick Of The Night"
"Set on You"

"A Trick Of The Night" is a ballad recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It was written and produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain and released as the final single from Bananarama's album True Confessions.

The song was remixed slightly for its single version, adding extra synthesizer lines and vocal harmony layering. It was also given a more "upbeat" remix by the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) production trio, at the request of London Records for the UK release.

The cautionary message in the lyrics are directed towards a friend who has gone to seek his fortune in the big city and ended up a rentboy.

The 12 inch single's B-side, "Set On You", was the first in a series of club-oriented songs recorded specifically for Bananarama's single B-sides that demonstrated the group's shift towards the club market.

"A Trick Of The Night" was a top-forty hit in the UK, peaking at number thirty-two (the SAW-remixed version received the most airplay in their home country), while the ballad version stalled at number seventy-six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single made a very brief appearance on the Australian singles chart, where it peaked at number ninety-nine.

The song was included on the CD version of Greatest Hits Collection as a bonus track, it was not included on the vinyl version nor their 2001 compilation The Very Best of Bananarama.

It was included on the soundtrack to the 1986 American film Jumpin' Jack Flash.

Music video[edit]

Two videos were filmed for the song. The North American version was directed by Andy Morahan featured the girls singing the song in a house at night, with their images projected on movie screens. The release of the single in the UK was delayed until February 1987, so that Bananarama could participate in a BBC television show called In at the Deep End. Each week Chris Serle or Paul Heiney would have to master a new skill - in this case, Paul Heiney had to master the art of directing a pop music video (the episode was similar to MTV's Making the Video program) for this song. Group members Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward hated the final product.

Track Listings[edit]

US 7" London Records/Polygram 886 119-7
  1. "A Trick Of The Night" (Single US version) 4:22
  2. "A Cut Above The Rest" (Album version) 3:40 S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward
US 12" single 886 119-1
  1. "A Trick of the Night" (The Number One Mix) - (8:13)
    Remixed by Stock/Aitken/Waterman
  2. "A Trick of the Night" (Tricky Mix) - (7:15)
    Remixed by Jolley & Swain
  3. "A Trick of the Night" (Dub Mix) - (4:31)
    Remixed by Stock/Aitken/Waterman
UK 7" single NANA12
  1. "A Trick Of The Night" (Single Version) 4:06
    Available on the CD album The Greatest Hits Collection
  2. "A Trick Of The Night" (Tricky Mix - Edit)
UK 7" EP single NANEP12
  1. "A Trick Of The Night" (Single Version) 4:06
  2. "Cut Above The Rest" 3:40
  3. "A Trick Of The Night" (Alternative 7" Number One Edit) 4:27
  4. "Set On You" 3:56
    M. Stock/M. Aitken/P. Waterman/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward
UK 7" picture disc NANPD12
  1. "A Trick Of The Night" (Single Version) 4:06
  2. "A Trick Of The Night" (Tricky Mix - Edit)
UK 12" single NANX12
  1. "A Trick Of The Night" (The Number One Mix) 8:14
    Available on the CD album The Twelve Inches of Bananarama
  2. "A Trick Of The Night" (Tricky Mix) 7:15
  3. "Set On You" 3:56
UK promo 12-inch single NANDJ 12
  1. "A Trick Of The Night" (Dub Mix) 4:31
  2. "A Trick Of The Night" (Instrumental) 4:13 #:Remixed by Stock/Aitken/Waterman
Other versions
  1. "A Trick of the Night" (Album Version) - (4:38)
    Taken from the album True Confessions
  2. "A Trick of the Night" (UK Video Version) - (4:20)
    Available on the remastered 2007 True Confessions but mistakenly listed as (Single Version)
  3. "A Trick of the Night" (US Video Version) - (4:14)




Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 32
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 39
Australia ARIA singles 99

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