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"In The Night"
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Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) B-side
Song by Pet Shop Boys
from the album Alternative
Published 1985
Released 1985
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe

Release DateEdit

SummaryEdit

This was the b-side to Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money), and was produced by Phil Harding. For 'Disco: The Remix Album', they had Arthur Baker remix it.

BackgroundEdit

Neil says the subject matter of this song leans heavily on a book he read called "Paris In The Third Reich: A History Of The German Occupation, 1940-1944", by David Pryce-Jones. "I read about these people called les Zazous who were like prototype beatniks. They were apolitical and used to grow long hair and listen to American jazz music, which of course was illegal under the Nazis. They were very existentialist and sat round talking about love and the meaning of life." The two clubs mentioned in the lyrics, Select, and Le Colisée were frequented by les Zazous. "The song looks at the moral implications, because the Nazis hated them and the Resistance hated them, because they were fatalistic and didn't participate in the resistance, and the song asks whether that's collaboration...because the fact of the matter is that if you're not really against something, you're for it, and in a way they collaborated with the Nazis by just carrying on a normal life. So, in the end, I am criticising them."

Trivia Edit

  • The song has the same chord progression as the a-side, 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)', and this was intentional, because they thought the two could be mixed together.
  • 'In The Night' was used as the theme music for 'The Clothes Show' on the BBC. In 1995 they rerecorded it sans vocals for the show, and then used it as a bonus track on the singles for 'Before'.

Cover Versions by Other ArtistsEdit

  • 1994 The Kinky Boyz (Almighty Records)

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