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This article is about Dave Ball song; for Soft Cell song see: Nighthawks (Soft Cell)
Track by Dave Ball
Year 2019
Written David Ball
Composed David Ball
Produced David Ball
Genre techno
From 1979–2019
Also in Deluxe EP 2020
*Happiness Now Digital
“Nighthawks” is a song by Dave Ball, released on June 2020 with his book Electronic Boy.

Origin[edit | edit source]

“Nighthawks” was written by Dave Ball in 2019, specially for limited Deluxe box set edition of his book Electronic Boy.[1] It was inspired by famous 1942 painting of the same name, Nighthawks, by American painter Edward Hopper, which remaindered Ball of loneliness and isolation.[2]

Record and release[edit | edit source]

“Nighthawks” was recorded in Ball's home studio with sequencer MIDI parts done in Warner Brothers studio.[2] The track appears on two releases within Electronic Boy box set: as B-side of 7″ EP and as final track of CD compilation 1979–2019 (with hidden bonus track).

In 2024 the song was included on digital collection of newest Soft Cell music, *Happiness Now Digital, alongside an alternate, re-recorded version and its own mixes.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

The song was rerecorded, with lyrics and vocals by Marc Almond and featuring drag performance artist CHRISTEENE, for Soft Cell studio album *Happiness Not Included, released in 2022.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Written by David Ball
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(Electronic boy) (x2)

In lonely city
In lonely place

(repeat the verse x5)


Availability[edit | edit source]

“Nighthawks” appears on following records.

Official releases

Year Title Type
2020 1979–2019 Compilation
Deluxe EP 2020 EP
2024 *Happiness Now Digital Other

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1979–2019 (compilation of Dave Ball; the tracklisting booklet)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vintage Synth Trumps with DAVE BALL - ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK. Chi Ming Lai. 20 May 2023. (  archived
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