December 30, 1977: “Because the Night” gets its first-ever live performance at a Patti Smith show at CBGB’s in New York, with Springsteen making a guest appearance on guitar and vocals.
March 3, 1978: Patti Smith’s Easter gets released, and “Because the Night” officially greets the world.
January 1, 1979: The first recorded cover of “Because the Night” comes courtesy of disco artist Mighty Pope. How timely. Note this prominence of piano in this cover; that’s a key instrument in the original song which basically disappears in later iterations.
March 18, 1979: Italian singer Anna Oxa delivers another early cover with “Notti per Due.” Her version remains quite faithful to Smith, but check out the growl in her voice – she’s angry.
1983: Canadian artist Siobhan Crawley records the song for his Somewhere in Between LP. No information on it seems to be available online, but its early release earns it a mention.
April 30, 1986: Springsteen meets metal thanks to Los Angeles glam band Keel. Check out this delightfully ’80s video – I really hope Bruce yelled “it belongs to ussss!” before the solo at least once in his life.
November 10, 1986: With the release of Live/1975-85, audiences worldwide can finally connect “Because the Night” with Bruce Springsteen.
July 24, 1992: Swedish dance act CO.RO ft. Taleesa releases the first of many overseas club versions of the track. This obviously struck a chord with European audiences; many, many artists follow in CO.RO’s footsteps, which you’ll see below.
For more, including 10,000 Maniac’s #7 hit, continue to Page 3.
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