Released - 1999
Chart peak - UK #7, US #84

Visitors' rating (plurality): ★★★☆☆
Visitors' rating (rounded average): ★★★☆☆
Wayne's rating: ★★★☆☆

These star-ratings reflect how PSB albums compare to each other—not how they compare to albums by other artists. Remember that an "average" (three-star) PSB album is, at least as far as I'm concerned, an excellent album by pop/rock standards in general.

The Boys have likened Nightlife to one of Frank Sinatra's concept albums from the 1950s, in which all of the songs concerned a central theme, such as In the Wee Small Hours. Obviously, the central theme of Nightlife is the night. All of the songs either take place at night or deal with nighttime in one way or another. Another underlying concept is aural in nature: Neil and Chris were striving for a particular "sound" on this album, one in which orchestral strings are closely integrated with synthesizers, sequencers, samplers, and other staples of "techno" music.

Top Picks by Voter Ratings

  1. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
  2. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
  3. Closer to Heaven

Wayne's Top Picks

  1. Closer to Heaven
  2. Footsteps
  3. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More

Nightlife Extra

Like Bilingual before it, Nightlife was released in two editions, with the "Special Edition" enhanced with a second disc, titled Nightlife Extra, that included several remixes and single b-sides. Unlike the previous album, however, the Nightlife special edition was released only in the United States—a surprising bonus for the Boys' American fans. The b-side songs would subsequently be released on their Format compilation; the links below to those b-sides take you to my pages for those songs in my Format section. "Je T'Aime… Moi Non Plus," however, would curiously not appear on Format.

2017 Reissue Further Listening

In 2017, Nightlife was one of several PSB albums reissued with either one or two bonus Further Listening discs that included several alternate mixes of some of the original album's songs, other tracks recorded around the same time, and the associated single b-sides. Links take you to other appropriate sections of my website.

Further Listening 1996–2000