The Boys Night Out (demo)
Recording Artist: Bryan Adams
Writers: Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance
Date Written: January 1984
Albums: Reckless - 30th Anniversary Edition (November 2014)
Audio:
 
Bryan Adams: vocal, backing vocal, rhythm guitar
Jim Vallance: drums, bass, backing vocal
Keith Scott, lead guitar
 
Produced by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. Recorded (in 1984) by Jim Vallance at Distorto Studios, West Vancouver, Canada.  Mixed (in 2014) by Adam Greenholtz at Warehouse Studios, Vancouver, Canada.
Comments:
This is a rough "demo", recorded in my home studio in January 1984 ... never intended for release.

This song would likely have been on the Reckless album had Bruce Fairbairn not been producing the band Krokus at the time.  Bruce asked us if we had any spare songs, and we gave him this one. I was disappointed when Krokus stripped away everything but the chorus and rewrote the rest of the song.

Bryan's manager Bruce Allen was very fond of this song, and he was furious when he heard we'd given it away. And he was right.

Three decades later, when we were looking for "bonus" tracks to include on the 30th Anniversary Reckless album, "The Boys Night Out" was an easy choice. 

This is the original version with no contribution from Krokus ... just me and Bryan in my little basement studio, with our pal the amazing Keith Scott on lead guitar.
Lyrics: Out on the street on a hot summer night - with nothin' to do
A little bit high, a little bit crazy
With nothin' to lose

Well, me and the boys were makin' some noise - we were lettin' off steam
Well, I looked at Keith and Keith looked at me
And we stole that machine

It’s the boys night out
It's the boys night out
Gonna scream gonna shout
On the boys night out

A hand on the stick, a hand on the wheel - we were havin' a laugh
When you look in the mirror and see those red lights flashin'
There’s no turnin' back

110 through those hot summer streets with the heat on our trail
We ran every light as we ran from the law
Man, you shoulda been there - ya you shoulda been there!

It’s the boys night out
It's the boys night out
Gonna scream gonna shout
On the boys night out

Never surrender - never surrender

We pushed into the night til the sun came up on Interstate 5
A little bit tired a little bit hazy
Gonna cross that line

It’s the boys night out
It's the boys night out
Gonna scream gonna shout
On the boys night out

It’s the boys night out
It's the boys night out
Gonna scream gonna shout
On the boys night out