Up All Night

Album: Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! (2020)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This paisley-tinged track started with a demo Aaron Lee Tasjan's producer, Gregory Lattimer, created in his studio with Tasjan in mind. On the Songfacts Podcast, Tasjan explained how it came together: "I rewrote the song on piano. There's a very insistent synth riff happening through the whole song, and that was based off of the way that I rewrote the song on the piano, and when I wrote the song on the piano the verses came to me in a different way, a whole new set of words. Everything coalesced, and that was after Greg had already demoed the song. I wrote lyrics to it, then we did a demo of that version.

    Here's the thing about me: I'm never afraid to continue to work on a song as long as I feel like it's making it better. I'm never afraid to scrap lyrics, and with almost every song I do, I'm writing the lyrics up until the moment I sing it on the record because I really take my time with words and it all has to flow. It doesn't necessarily have to mean a bunch of amazing stuff, but it has to flow and sing right and phrase right. So, when we got into that third time where I was doing the piano and the synthesizer stuff and less focus on the guitar, we were creating this world around it that sonically felt like an ode to everything from ELO to Roy Orbison. It felt like the Traveling Wilburys, which Tom was a part of, which I also love.

    So, it became this blend of things, and then also through some of the psychedelic elements and some of the stuff I did with the guitar work and making that sound more like keyboards, it started to get its own voice. I am never worried about wearing my influences on my sleeve, but I want to always make sure that my voice is my stamp, is present, and is part of that. And there's enough of it there that people can feel that naturally when they hear it."
  • If you're getting a Tom Petty vibe from this song, you're not the only one. "For as long as I've been making records, some person who has reviewed it, no matter which album it is, has said it reminds them of Tom Petty in some way, shape or form," Tasjan told Songfacts.
  • "Up All Night" was released as a single ahead of Tasjan's fourth album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! It came with a futuristic video created by Curtis Wayne Millard, who used the same look on Tasjan's next single, "Computer Of Love."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews

Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."

Annie Haslam of Renaissance

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed)

Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed)Songwriter Interviews

The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.

James Bond Theme Songs

James Bond Theme SongsMusic Quiz

How well do you know the 007 theme songs?

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," Kiss

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Janet Jackson

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.