By Night (EP)

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By Night
EP by
Released1984 (1984)
Recorded1984 at Nightshift Studios in Christchurch, New Zealand
Genre Dunedin sound, Indie pop, Alternative rock
Label Flying Nun [1]
Producer The Bats
The Bats chronology
By Night
And Here Is 'Music for the Fireside'
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Spin Alternative Record Guide 7/10 [3]

By Night is the debut recording of New Zealand indie rock group The Bats, released in 1984. [4] [5] [6]


In 1990, Flying Nun released the first three Bats EPs as Compiletely Bats. However, the track "My Way," from this EP, was omitted. It was added in the 2010 remastered reissue of the CD.

Critical reception

Trouser Press called it "paradoxically morose and exhilarating; each song a moody pop gem, with hints of the hard-strummed countryisms of Gram Parsons." [5] PopMatters wrote that it balances "pop grace and idiosyncrasy." [7]

Track listing

Side 1
1."I Go Wild" 
2."Jewellers Heart" 
3."By Night" 
Side 2
4."My Way" 
5."Man In The Moon" 
6."United Airways" 


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