"Sunglasses at Night" is the platinum-selling song recorded by Corey Hart. It was the first single to be released off his debut album, 1983's First Offense, and rose to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is considered by many to be a classic of 1980s New Romantic music, combining synthesizer pop, obscure lyrics and an almost Gothic ambiance in a hypnotic epic.
The original lyrics for the song were about a totalitarian society that made everyone wear their sunglasses at night; however under pressure from Hart's record company to make something more marketable, the song was altered to be more "romantic".
The video, however, reflects the original vision of a police state, with scenes of Hart, sans-sunglasses, being strong-armed by police officers and paraded past various citizens wearing their regulation shades. Near the end of the video, Hart is brought to the office of a female police officer, played by Laurie Brown, who later became the host of The NewMusic as well as a VJ on MuchMusic
In popular culture
The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as part of the New Wave radio station Wave 103.
The song made #50 in VH1's 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs of all Time.
The song also made #23 in Blender magazine's 50 Worst Songs Ever.
The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an '80s hit song, named an episode after this song. The episode faced the issue of addiction to gambling.
In the song "Nappy Heads - (Remix)" from Fugees album Blunted on Reality, Wyclef sings "I wear my sunglasses at night, to spy on my girlfriend.." at 4:12 and 4:22
This song is played in the now infamous Youtube video, "My New Haircut".
Miley Cyrus sampled the song in See You Again.
In 2006 it was covered by rap group The Federation with rappers E-40 and Keak Da Sneak, retitled as "I Wear My Stunna Glasses at Night", a reference to the popularity of "Stunna Shades" within the hyphy movement.
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