Murray Head ‎- One Night In Bangkok

Murray Head ‎- One Night In Bangkok

“One Night In Bangkok” is a song performed by British actor and singer Murray Head. Released in October 1984 (with “Merano” on the B-side), it was part of the concept album and subsequent musical “Chess” by Tim Rice, and Abba members Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus. The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice and quickly became a worldwide hit.


Murray Head ‎- One Night In Bangkok - single cover

“One Night In Bangkok” achieved significant commercial success, reaching #1 in numerous countries, including Australia, Germany, and Eurochart Hot 100 chart. In the United States, it peaked at #3. The song’s popularity was bolstered by its inclusion in the musical “Chess” and its subsequent adaptation into a music video. The music video for “One Night In Bangkok” features scenes of Murray Head walking through the streets of Bangkok, interspersed with shots of the chess game and the city’s vibrant nightlife. The video’s visual storytelling complements the song’s themes and adds to its intrigue and allure.


“One Night In Bangkok” features a unique blend of pop, rock, and synth-pop, incorporating elements of Eastern music and a distinctive spoken-word style of delivery by Murray Head. The lyrics of the song reflect the setting of the musical “Chess” and explore the contrast between the opulence and the gritty reality of Bangkok, Thailand. It delves into the themes of politics, intrigue, and the complex nature of the city. The song is characterized by its catchy melody, a memorable synth-driven hook, and a strong rhythmic structure. Murray Head’s dynamic vocal performance and the rhythmic spoken sections create a captivating and theatrical atmosphere throughout the song.


“One Night In Bangkok” remains a memorable and enduring hit, often associated with the 1980s pop music landscape. Its fusion of different musical styles, theatricality, and catchy lyrics have made it a favorite among fans of Murray Head and those who appreciate the theatrical and storytelling elements in music.

Murray Head ‎- One Night In Bangkok – Lyrics