Saturday at Midnight

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"Saturday at Midnight"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album One on One
B-side Saturday At Midnight (Super Dub Mix)
Released 1982
Format 12" Single
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 6:20
Label Epic
Writer(s) Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"I Want You"
(1982)
"Saturday at Midnight"
(1982)
"Dancing the Night Away"
(1983)

"Saturday at Midnight" is a single from American rock band Cheap Trick which appeared on the album One on One. It was written by lead guitarist Rick Nielsen and vocalist Robin Zander. The single was released in 1982 as the fourth and final single from the "One on One" album.

The single was released on 12" vinyl only and was remixed purposely for the single. Aiming at the dance market, the a-side was titled "Saturday at Midnight (Super New Dance Re-Mix)" whilst the b-side was titled "Saturday at Midnight (Super Dub Mix)", with both tracks lasting over six minutes each.[1] The original track lasted exactly three minutes in duration.[2]

Both tracks were produced by Roy Thomas Baker who had also produced the entire "One on One" album.[2] The remixer on both tracks was John Luongo.[1]

A mimed performance of the song was performed on the show Laugh Trax in 1982, along with the 1982 minor hit song "She's Tight".[3][4]

The single peaked at #45 on the American Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles Chart, the band's only appearance on this chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

12" Single
  1. "Saturday at Midnight (Super New Dance Re-Mix)" - 6:20
  2. "Saturday At Midnight (Super Dub Mix)" - 7:40

Critical reception[edit]

In the review for the album One on One, allmusic.com wrote "There are several truly odd detours on the album, usually when the group veers too strongly toward the new wave, like on the awkward, clanking "Saturday at Midnight" and the stiff Devo misinterpretation "I Want Be Man." These tracks accentuate the album's 1982 artifact appeal, but ironically, are the things that kept it from being a blockbuster at the time."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[5] 45

Personnel[edit]

  • Robin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Rick Nielsen - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jon Brant - bass, backing vocals
  • Bun E. Carlos - drums, percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Roy Thomas Baker - producer
  • John Luongo - remixer
  • Ian Taylor – engineer
  • Paul Klingberg – assistant
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Writers of "Saturday at Midnight" – Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cheap Trick - Saturday At Midnight (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Cheap Trick - One On One at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ddqCyMXoV0
  4. ^ "She's Tight - Cheap Trick - from Laugh Trax 1982". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "One on One - Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

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