Poptastic Day: Chess, “One Night In Bangkok”


A few weeks ago I posted a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”. Listening to the original “Let’s Dance” put me in mind of another song from around the same time. If you remember “One Night In Bangkok” from the glitzy and gauche mid-80s, then you’re showing your age. I remember it. I loved it then and I love it now.

Written by Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson (yes, both from ABBA), and Tim Rice (of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita fame), “One Night In Bangkok” was a hands down global hit, reaching the Top 5 in a number of countries, #1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, #12 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This is special considering it was a track from the concept album for an upcoming musical.

Never heard it before? Have a listen. Remember it? Get reacquainted. Beware, the opening lasts until 1:47 before Murray Head bursts into the song proper. (Cut it some slack. It’s from a musical.)

Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok (Single Version)

“Siam’s gonna be the witness to the ultimate test of cerebral fitness.”

Yeah, baby!