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Corey Hart - "Sunglasses At Night" (1983)

How was one of the most recognizable hits of the 1980s created?

The story of the song "Sunglasses At Night" - Corey Hart!

With a catchy synth sound and an explosive chorus, this song became one of the most memorable hits of the 80s! How was one of the most iconic compositions in Corey Hart's career created, and what did its performer tell reporters about? Let's find out!

Corey Hart
Corey Hart

In the spring of 1983, 20-year-old Corey Hart was already a real "star child"! The singer recorded in a studio near Manchester. By the end of May, he already had a cassette with ready-made recordings of eleven gorgeous tracks that complemented the debut First Offense! But: there was another composition that brought Hart unheard of fame ... The mysterious twelfth track was called "Sunglasses in the Night". Hart later said:

“The song hadn't been written yet, but it was already born in the subways of my creative subconscious… I remember how it rained almost every day when I was in the UK for these sessions. I had a pair of Ray-Bans, but I never got a chance to wear them!”

Album cover First Offense...
First Offense album cover…

“A little later, that summer, my album was delivered to Aquarius-Capitol Records. Everyone seemed to be very pleased with the results. In those days, I was overwhelmed with inspiration like never before! And although the album was completed, the songs continued to develop vivid images in my head ... For several days in a row, the line “my cigarette became wet” did not leave me. This is an ironic lyric because I have never smoked in my life! This line was the germ of "sunglasses", although I did not realize this for a long time ... "

“One evening I came back completely wet! The phrase “I wear my sunglasses at night” was spinning in my head. "Wow!" I thought. On the same evening, the song was born. I wanted to include it on the new album, but I was afraid that it was impossible ... At that time, we had already spent the entire budget for recording. But I decided that when I woke up in the morning, the first thing I would do was call the label and I would insist on my own!”

Much to Hart's surprise, Aquarius Records sent him back to England!

"They trusted me when I said, 'I think it's a really great hit!' And I was right! My producers in London, Phil Chapman and John Astley, voted this the most sumptuous song… They crafted the track masterfully, emphasizing the sounds of hip-hop music and other styles that were blowing up the British music scene during this prolific period of the early 80s…”

Corey Hart, our days!
Corey Hart, our days!

“When the song was released in November 1983, I remember the first time I heard it on CHOM-FM in Montreal! It took me 30 seconds to drown out the car speakers - by turning the volume up to the maximum, I just overloaded them! Corey recalled, not without laughter!

In the summer of 1984, "Sunglasses At Night" slowly but steadily climbed the Billboard charts. She hit the top 10 when Corey visited the US with his massive promotional tour!

Music clip…

The music video for "Sunglasses At Night" was directed by Rob Quartley and won the Juno Award for "Best Video of 1984"! Corey Hart later shared with the press:

“I believe that this video helped me gain a strong image ... Of course, the video influenced the success of the song itself! Music videos at that time were something new, exciting and innovative... In just a couple of weeks, as MTV twists your face, you will notice how the song becomes wildly popular from coast to coast!

If you think that Corey Hart is tired of this song, then you are very deeply mistaken! In one of his recent interviews, the artist said:

“Last week I was on a crowded rental bus at the Miami airport to pick up our car. And then the song “Sunglasses at Night” began to play on the radio, like a hypnotic riff ... Someone on the bus began to tap their feet to the rhythm of the music, who swayed to it ... I looked at my daughter. We both had smiles on our faces. Yes, I’m still very pleased to hear that, even after all these years…”

Corey Hart with family...
Corey Hart with family...

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