When the Lights Go Out

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"When the Lights Go Out"
The band members are in a white room and contrast it by wearing black and do poses. The band's logo are above their heads.
Single by Five
from the album Five
B-side "Slam Dunk Da Funk" (Extended Mix) (UK)
"Straight Up Funk"
"Shake" (US)
Released 2 March 1998 (1998-03-02) (UK)
26 May 1998 (1998-05-26) (US)
Format CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1997
Genre Dance-pop, pop-rap
Length 4:11
Label BMG Records
Songwriter(s) Eliot Kennedy, Tim Lever, Mike Percy, J. McLaughlin
Producer(s) Eliot Kennedy, Tim Lever and Mike Percy
Five singles chronology
"Slam Dunk (Da Funk)"
(1997)
"When the Lights Go Out"
(1998)
"Got the Feelin'"
(1998)
"Slam Dunk (Da Funk)"
(1997)
"When the Lights Go Out"
(1998)
"Got the Feelin'"
(1998)
Music video
"When The Lights Go Out" (U.S. Version) on YouTube
Music video
"When The Lights Go Out" (U.K. Version) on YouTube

"When the Lights Go Out" is the second single released from British group Five's debut studio album (music), Five. It was released in early 1998. The song was co-written by Eliot Kennedy, Tim Lever and Mike Percy (from the band Dead or Alive), and John McLaughlin. It was co-produced by Eliot Kennedy, Tim Lever and Mike Percy.

"When the Lights Go Out" is the band's only top ten hit in the United States. An alternate version of the song, in which J Brown's rap is replaced by Abs Breen's rap, was made especially for the US release; there are separate videos for each version. Five's biggest hit to date internationally, "When the Lights Go Out" is considered somewhat to be their debut single in most countries (except in the UK), peaking at number two in Australia, reaching the Top 30 in the US on 23 June 1998 and eventually spending seven nonconsecutive weeks at its peak of number 10, starting 21 July 1998. The song also spent six months on the US Billboard Hot 100, and sold 800,000 copies in the US alone.[1]

Music videos[edit]

The UK version (directed by duo Liam & Grant) starts with a woman using a VR machine and sees the members as they dance together and in separate rooms with each getting a distinct color: Abs in teal, Scott in orange, Ritchie in purple, Sean in blue and J in red. Through the woman's perspective, the viewers sees the members with a given number and their horoscope sign respectively.

The US version (directed by Nigel Dick) takes place at night in a closed bowling alley, where Abs takes control of the place and allows the other members and himself to hang out with a couple girls they brought along with them. One of the girls is played by Bethany Joy Lenz of Guiding Light and One Tree Hill fame.[2]

Track listing[edit]

USA CD Single #1[3]
  1. "When the Lights Go Out" [US Remix] - 4:20
  2. "Straight Up Funk" - 3:57
USA CD Single #2[3]
  1. "When the Lights Go Out" [US Remix] - 4:20
  2. "When the Lights Go Out" [Hip Hop Mix] - 6:19
  3. "When the Lights Go Out" [R&B Rub Mix] - 4:24
  4. "Shake" - 3:23
UK CD Single #1[4]
  1. "When the Lights Go Out" [Radio Edit] - 4:12
  2. "When the Lights Go Out" [Extended Mix] - 6:23
  3. "When the Lights Go Out" [The Drummers Mix] - 7:27
  4. "When the Lights Go Out" [Loop Da Loop Full Vocal Mix] - 4:50
  5. "When the Lights Go Out" [Video] - 4:10
UK CD Single #2[4]
  1. "When the Lights Go Out" [Radio Edit] - 4:12
  2. "When the Lights Go Out" [Blacksmith R&B Rub] - 4:26
  3. "Slam Dunk Da Funk" [Extended Mix] - 7:06
  4. "Interview" - 4:23
Brazilian Single
  1. "When the Lights Go Out" [Radio Edit] - 4:12
  2. "When the Lights Go Out" [Extended Mix] - 6:23
  3. "When the Lights Go Out" [US Remix] - 4:20
  4. "When the Lights Go Out" [The Drummers Mix] - 7:27
  5. "When the Lights Go Out" [Blacksmith R&B Rub] - 4:26
  6. "When the Lights Go Out" [Loop Da Loop Full Vocal Mix] - 4:50

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Canada Top Singles peak
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  18. ^ "Five – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Five. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
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  20. ^ "Five – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Five. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1998". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Billboard Top 100 - 1998. "Billboard Top 100 - 1998 - Longbored Surfer - Charts". Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Ultratop 50 Albums Wallonie 1998". Ultratop. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Five". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 September 2011.  Enter Five in the field Search. Select Artist in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Five". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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