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'Hit Music' was an album track from Actually.

Production and Recording Edit

Neil says this track was brought on after hearing Art Of Noise's 'Peter Gunn' in a club, and this is evident in the bass line. They admit to perhaps having borrowed from other sources as well, including Bananarama's 'Venus', 'I Am The Walrus' by John Lennon, and even a complete line from Abba's 'Money Money Money': "I've been working hard all day / To pay the bills I have to pay.' Neil:

Someone at the time suggested that I was obsessed with bills because I'd already mentioned them three times in songs.
The half-tempo portion at the end was intended to be similar to 'Careless Whisper' by Wham!

The song, in part, is about the banality if pop music, and how it can be used as a crutch...

...but it's really all about AIDS...though I sort of hid it at the same time. There were some more direct references, but I took them out because they weren't very good. It's about how sex had gone out of the entire nightclubbing ethos because of Aids. Nightclubbing is about sex, really, so when it's not, what's left?

Hit music on the radio
Hit music on the radio

When you dance with me we dance forever
all night long to your favourite

Hit music on the radio
Hit music on the radio

When you dance with me we dance forever
all night long to the latest song
Live a lie, dance together
all night long to your favourite

Hit music
Hit music

I've been working hard all day
to pay the bills I have to pay
Don't have the strength to work all night
or fight until it's almost light

Music on the radio
Dance music at the disco

Live a lie, dance together
all night long to your favourite song
Live and die, it's all that we know
I need a friend at the journey's end

Hit music in stereo

It's all about love and it's about forgetting
Choose a song when the night's too long
We all need love and we want protection
I need a friend at the journey's end
In Kensington or Spanish Harlem
All night long to your desperate

Hit music on the radio
Music at the disco
Hit music on the radio
Hit music on the radio