Thieves in the Night

Album: One Life Stand (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track from English electro outfit Hot Chip's fourth studio album, One Life Stand.
  • Joe Goddard (vocals, synthesizer and percussion) told The NME February 6, 2010: "That song we did in a lot of different ways - we tried a version that was influenced by The Velvet Underground. We've got MP3s of it somewhere. We thought it could be a good one to start an album with, like, the curtains opening to reveal something."
  • The phrase "thieves in the night" originated in the St. Paul's first Letter to the Thessalonians 5:2, in which he warns the Second Coming of Christ will happen at an unexpected time - like a "thief in the night." In the case of this song the phrase appears to be used in the context of a relationship.

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