Saturday Night (Bay City Rollers song)

"Saturday Night" is a song recorded by the Scottish pop rock band Bay City Rollers. It was written and produced by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. The tune is an upbeat pop rock number with a memorable hook, in which the word "Saturday" is spelled out in a rhythmic, enthusiastic chant.

"Saturday Night"
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Dutch vinyl single
Single by Bay City Rollers
from the album Rollin'
B-side"Marlena"
Released29 June 1973 (UK)[1]
August 1975 (US)[2]
Recorded1973
GenreGlam rock, pop rock
Length2:56
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
Producer(s)Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
Bay City Rollers singles chronology
"Love Me Like I Love You"
(1975)
"Saturday Night"
(1973)
"Money Honey"
(1976)
Music video
"Saturday Night" (TopPop, 1976) on YouTube

The original version of the song was recorded and released in the UK in 1973 but did not hit the charts. The original version was sung by Nobby Clark. At the end of 1975, "Saturday Night" was released in America and hit the number-one spot in January 1976. It was the first Billboard #1 of the US Bicentennial year. The song had been re-recorded for the Rollers' 1974 UK album Rollin' with lead vocals by Les McKeown, Nobby's replacement. The single also reached number one on the RPM Canadian Singles Chart listing on 10 January 1976.[3] This is the band's sole No. 1 hit in the United States.

In 2019, the song was used in Netflix's Umbrella Academy series.

ChartsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

The song was covered by English rock band Ned's Atomic Dustbin for the Mike Myers 1993 romantic comedy film So I Married an Axe Murderer. The song also appears on the soundtrack album.

Japanese punk rock band Hi-Standard released a fast paced cover of the song on their 1996 debut album Growing Up.

Canadian hard rock band Monster Truck covered the song for the 2017-2018 season of Hockey Night in Canada.[13]

SamplingEdit

The 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go' chant in "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones was, according to Tommy Ramone, inspired by "Saturday Night".[14]

Canadian rock band Simple Plan's 2015 song "Saturday" interpolates the opening "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night" chant from the Bay City Rollers song in several parts.[15]

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Production – Bill Martin & Phil Coulter (track A), Phil Wainman (track B)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/bell1319
  2. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/as0149
  3. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bay City Rollers" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – Bay City Rollers Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Bay City Rollers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  12. ^ Billboard 25 December 1976: TIA-6
  13. ^ "Monster Truck Release Bay City Rollers' Cover of 'Saturday Night'; Hear the Truck throughout the 2017-2018 Hockey Night In Canada Season". 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  14. ^ "The Story Behind The Song: Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones". 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  15. ^ "Single Review: Saturday // Simple Plan". 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2017-05-31.

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