From 20 Golden Hits and 262 other releases
The signature keyboard part is played on a Hohner Pianet, and the organ is a Vox Continental.
When at Blair Academy, Mark Sebastian submitted the lyrics as a poem for the literary magazine. That poem, entitled “Summer In the City,” had the refrain “but at night it’s a different world, go out and find a girl, come on, come on and dance all night, despite the heat it’ll be alright, and babe don’t you know it’s a pity, the days can’t be like the night, in the summer in the city.” His older brother John changed the slower verses to a more upbeat model, keeping the title and the refrain. Mark’s part remains as he wrote it, words and music. Bassist Steve Boone added the instrumental coda in the middle.
The song was featured on The Simpsons episode “Papa’s Got a Brand New Badge”, Only Fools and Horses episode “Miami Twice”, in the opening scenes of the Bruce Willis action film Die Hard: With a Vengeance, in a Gatorade commercial
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