Puneet Varma

Sunset Now

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B-side  Counterforce
Genre  Synthpop, new wave
Released  1984
Length  3:40
Format  7" single, 12" single, cassette
Label  Virgin Records, Arista Records

"Sunset Now" is synthpop trio Heaven 17's first single of 1984 from the album How Men Are. It was written by all three members. The single was released in late 1984 and peaked at #24 in the UK, spending 6 weeks on the chart. A promotional video was created for the single.


Allmusic stated "Sunset Now", "Flamedown" and the brilliant "This Is Mine" are just a few of the reasons for this album's greatness." The track is also recommended by allmusic.

The single peaked at #5 on the Writers chart and #14 on the Reader's chart for Number One Music magazine. Sounds Magazine's playlist of Carole Linfield included this track.


7" Single
  1. "Sunset Now" - 3:40
  2. "Counterforce" - 3:02
12" Single
  1. "Sunset Now (Extended version)" - 5:21
  2. "Flamedown" - 3:14
  3. "Counterforce" - 3:02
  4. "Sunset Now (Album version)" - 3:40
  5. "Counterforce II" - 3:08
12" Single (American only)
  1. "Sunset Now (LP version)" - 3:40
  2. "Counterforce 1" - 3:02
  3. "Sunset Now (Extended version)" - 5:21
Cassette Single
  1. "Sunset Now (Extended version)" - 5:20
  2. "Flamedown" - 3:14
  3. "Counterforce" - 3:02
  4. "Sunset Now (Album version)" - 3:42
  5. "Counterforce II" - 3:07

Critical reception

Adrian Thrills for NME wrote "It is difficult to take an active dislike to Heaven 17 - men of stout hearts and sound mind one and all-but it is even harder to find anything other than flat, flawless worthinness in their music. I'd love "Sunset Now" if I could, but it tells me nothing about the frenzy of political struggle or even how I feel about my all-time favourite dancer. It is merely another record, another numb artefact. I guess the fairlight is just not the instrument from which dreams are made."

Andy Coyne for Sounds magazine wrote "Hardly a great achievement from the creators of "Fascist Groove Thang" but as pop fare it's strong enough. I know this is going to really irritate after about two weeks. Oh, what could have been."

Paul Simper from Number One magazine wrote "More happy returns. A year on, Heaven 17 seem to have refined the mannered funk of "Crushed By The Wheels". "Sunset Now" sees Glenn Gregory in fine voice, with Afrodiziak helping out on backing vocals, and points to an excellent third album in September. Oh and on the 12-inch there's some music from that film Electric Dreams. Well, nobody's perfect..."


  • Backing Vocals - Afrodiziak, Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware
  • Drum Programming - Martyn Ware
  • Producer - British Electric Foundation, Greg Walsh
  • Programmed By - Greg Walsh
  • Synthesizer - Ian Craig Marsh
  • Vocals - Glenn Gregory
  • References

    Sunset Now Wikipedia

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