Sunglasses at Night
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|"Sunglasses at Night"|
|Single by Corey Hart|
|from the album First Offense|
|A-side||"Sunglasses at Night"|
|B-side||"At the Dance"|
|Released||February 11, 1984 (Canada, UK)
January 21, 1984 (U.S.)
|Genre||New wave, synthrock, synthpop|
|Length||5:17 (LP version)
3:53 (7" version)
|Label||EMI America (U.S.)|
|Producer(s)||Jon Astley and Phil Chapman|
|Corey Hart singles chronology|
"Sunglasses at Night" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Corey Hart. It was the first single to be released off his debut album, 1983's First Offense, and became a hit single in the United States, rising to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1984. The song is a staple of 1980s pop rock and new wave music, combining an unflagging synthesizer hook, characteristic arpeggio, rock guitar and obscure lyrics. AllMusic described it as "an instant classic with its distinctive melody and catchy chorus."
The song is included in numerous hits collections of the period, especially in the U.S., but it was not as popular throughout the rest of the world at the time. Peaking at #24 in Hart's native Canada, it was not a hit in Europe and failed to chart at all in the UK.
In 2002, 19 years after the original version release, the song was re-recorded, with Original 3 as the producer.
The music video reflects the original vision of a "fashion" police state, with scenes of Hart in a prison cell, without sunglasses, being strong-armed by police officers and paraded past various citizens wearing their regulation shades. Near the end of the video, Hart is taken to the office of a female police officer, who releases Corey in the song's end, played by Laurie Brown, who later became the host of The NewMusic as well as a VJ on MuchMusic.
Cover versions and interpretations
- DJs Tiga and Zyntherius covered the song in 2001.
- Death metal band Arsis covered "Sunglasses at Night" on their 2012 album Unwelcome as the 6th track.
- In "Nappy Heads - (Remix)" from the Fugees' album Blunted on Reality, Wyclef Jean sings, "I wear my sunglasses at night, to spy on my girlfriend" at 4:12 and 4:22. He references the song again on the Fugees album The Score on the track "How Many Mics?", between 3:26 and 3:29.
- The Canadian jazz band "The Lost Fingers" covered the song in 2012.
- Videogame cover band "The Megas" released a cover of the song in their 2010 single, "Sparked a War".
The song is used in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as part of the new wave radio station Wave 103. The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which names each episode after an '80s hit song, named an episode after this song. The episode portrayed addiction to gambling. In the web series Dorm Life, the RA of the floor sings it whenever he is drunk. The song became the background theme for the viral video "My New Haircut", as well as for the multiple amateur versions which followed. In the 1985 film My Science Project, a police officer asks character Vince Latello (played by Fisher Stevens) why he wears his sunglasses at night. He answers, "Because when you're cool, the sun shine [sic] on you 24 hours a day." The song is used in a Korean KIA Sephia 1993 commercial and in a 2010 commercial for Miller Lite. The song also appeared in the fourth season Daria episode "Legends of the Mall".