Saturday Night was the second released from Cold Chisel’s 1984 album Twentieth Century and the first to be issued after the band’s official break-up. The vocals are shared between Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes. The song is a picture of late-night city life written by organist Don Walker based on his observations of Sydney’s Kings Cross district. The track features ambient noise recorded in Darlinghurst Road, including the sound of motorbikes, strip club spruikers and crowds of drunks.
A video clip for the track, directed by Richard Lowenstein, was filmed in Kings Cross in February 1984, three months after the group disbanded. Part of the clip features Moss and Barnes mingling with the participants of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Other sections of the clip showing the band members (minus Barnes) moving through the crowd of the Darlinghurst Road red light district.
Don Walker has said of the song, “The band I’d been in for ten years was breaking up. I think it’s just a ‘kissing all that goodbye and moving on into the unknown’ song.”
“Saturday Night” spent 14 weeks in the national charts, peaking at number 11.
In 2007, Grinspoon covered “Saturday Night” for the tribute album Standing on the Outside.
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