Them: “Here Comes the Night” (1965)

This song didn’t do much for Lulu’s career, but it helped establish Them as Northern Ireland’s newest hitmakers.

Kronomyth 0.7: Here come the Them.

Here it is: my third-favorite version of Here Comes the Night, behind David Bowie (naturally) and Lulu, who premiered it the previous year. It’s a great song, written by professional tunesmith Bert Berns, a sketchy figure in the history of rock & roll who would continue on as Van Morrison’s manager/producer until the pair fell out (quickly and inevitably) over something. Morrison’s version is faster than Lulu’s but sounds like a neutered Mick Jagger to me. When it came time for Them to record the song, studio musicians were brought in, including Andy White on backing vocals (the drummer who had briefly replaced Ringo Starr) and none other than the dark lord himself, Jimmy Page, on guitar.

The B side, All for Myself, is the better performance, featuring great vocals from Van. The melody is pretty much your standard ripoff of Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man,” but Them infuses it with their own personality including some inspired organ playing from Peter Bardens. And, if that’s Billy Harrison playing guitar on this track, they wasted their money on Page.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Here Comes the Night (Bert Berns) (2:44)
B1. All for Myself (Van Morrison) (2:45)

1983 Old Gold Back-to-Back Hits single version
A1. Here Comes the Night (Bert Berns) (2:45)
B1. Ten Years After: Love Like a Man (Alvin Lee) (3:04)

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single on March 5, 1965 in the UK and Denmark (Decca, F.12094), the US (Parrot, 45 PAR 9749A), Australia (Decca, Y7218), Belgium (Decca, 23.617), Canada (Parrot, PAR. 9749), Italy (Deram, DM 400) and Sweden (Decca, F 12094) with regional picture sleeve. Reached #2 on the UK charts and #24 on the US charts.

  1. Re-packaged with “Love Like a Man” on 7-inch single in October 1983 in the UK (Old Gold, OG 9342).

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