Sunset Now

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"Sunset Now"
Single by Heaven 17
from the album How Men Are
B-side "Counterforce"
Released August 1984[1]
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:40
Label Virgin Records, Arista Records
Songwriter(s) Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware
Producer(s) British Electric Foundation, Greg Walsh
Heaven 17 singles chronology
"Crushed by the Wheels of Industry"
"Sunset Now"
"This Is Mine"

"Crushed by the Wheels of Industry"
"Sunset Now"
"This Is Mine"

"Sunset Now" is a song by the British new wave and synth-pop band Heaven 17, released in 1984 as the first single from their third studio album How Men Are.[2] It was written by Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware, and produced by Marsh and Ware (British Electric Foundation) and Greg Walsh. It reached No. 24 in the UK, remaining on the charts for six weeks on.[3] A music video was filmed to promote the single.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Adrian Thrills of New Musical Express stated: "It is difficult to take an active dislike to Heaven 17, but it is even harder to find anything other than flat, flawless worthinness in their music. I'd love "Sunset Now" if I could, but it tells me nothing about the frenzy of political struggle or even how I feel about my all-time favourite dancer. It is merely another record, another numb artefact. I guess the fairlight is just not the instrument from which dreams are made." Andy Coyne for Sounds wrote: "Hardly a great achievement from the creators of "Fascist Groove Thang" but as pop fare it's strong enough. I know this is going to really irritate after about two weeks. Oh, what could have been."

Paul Simper from Number One commented: "More happy returns. A year on, Heaven 17 seem to have refined the mannered funk of "Crushed By The Wheels". "Sunset Now" sees Glenn Gregory in fine voice, with Afrodiziak helping out on backing vocals, and points to an excellent third album in September."[4] AllMusic retrospectively said: ""Sunset Now", "Flamedown" and the brilliant "This Is Mine" are just a few of the reasons for this album's greatness".[5]


7" single
  1. "Sunset Now" - 3:40
  2. "Counterforce" - 3:02
12" single
  1. "Sunset Now (Extended version)" - 5:21
  2. "Flamedown" - 3:14
  3. "Counterforce" - 3:02
  4. "Sunset Now (Album version)" - 3:40
  5. "Counterforce II" - 3:08
12" single (US release)
  1. "Sunset Now (LP version)" - 3:40
  2. "Counterforce 1" - 3:02
  3. "Sunset Now (Extended version)" - 5:21
Cassette single
  1. "Sunset Now (Extended version)" - 5:20
  2. "Flamedown" - 3:14
  3. "Counterforce" - 3:02
  4. "Sunset Now (Album version)" - 3:42
  5. "Counterforce II" - 3:07

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 93
Irish Singles Chart[7] 18
UK Singles Chart[3] 24
U.S. Dance/Club Play Singles[8] 39


Heaven 17
Additional personnel
  • Greg Walsh - Fairlight programming, producer
  • Afrodiziak - backing vocals


  1. ^ "Heaven 17 - Sunset Now / Counterforce - Virgin - UK - VS 708". 45cat. 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Heaven 17 - How Men Are at Discogs". Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Heaven 17 - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Heaven 17 - Articles and reviews". Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  5. ^ AllMusic Review by Aaron Badgley. "How Men Are - Heaven 17 | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 137. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  8. ^ Billboard (2018-01-28). "Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 

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