words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Out Tonight 1989 / 2009 remix

Out Tonight / video still / digital collage 2011


Bonus song: The Smiths – There is a light that never goes out


Out Tonight, the video, was first created in 1989 and mixed with the music of The Smiths and the song “There is a Light that Never Goes Out”. The video was originally conceived as a reflection of 80’s New Wave music, the club scene, and chillin out. But I wanted to add something more, and therefore centered its theme on the possible controversy, yet beauty of interracial dating. The texts used in the video, I thought I knew what would make you smile tonight ask the question of devotion, and statements after an arrest under the immorality act reveals the possible (most notably in the past) consequence. I was inspired to produce this video after seeing the play entitled “Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act” by South African playwright Athol Fugard. In the play, Fugard examined with a visceral intensity the consequences of interracial love during apartheid in South Africa. I believe that it is extremely important that we reach out and lead by example, demonstrating that love is universal and that we are all of one race i.e. the human race—diverse, complex, and beautiful.

Love has no boundaries.

The video was created using an Amiga 1000 computer with a Digital Creations’ Super Gen video mixer. Way ahead of its time, the Amiga 1000, which was first introduced to the public in 1985, was an extraordinary machine equipped with music, video and graphic cards. The 2009 version of Out Tonight is remixed with music by Nine Inch Nails.

11 responses

  1. torn4friday

    Love has no boundaries!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

  2. I still find it shocking that Apartheid was lifted as recently as 1994. Lovely video, although I don’t recognize The Smiths or NIN anywhere in the piece and I’m usually pretty good at hearing even the smallest loop from another source.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    • Hey Bunny, I will have to find the song by The Smith’s on Youtube that inspired the video. I will get it to you. I wanted to add it to the post as a “bonus song” but was so tired late last night (4am) I did not get around to it. The music on this version is a free upload on Youtube, and yes it is the NIN. There are a lot of NIN remixes of different genres.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    • Bunny, I just added the song “The Light that Never Goes Out” by The Smiths. It was the inspiration for my video.


      June 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  3. That was very interesting information…. way back in the 1980s to have that capability on a computer. Cool! 🙂

    June 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

  4. Thanks Liz

    I was impressed with the Amiga after attending a seminar on computer art and music at UCLA in 1985

    June 24, 2011 at 4:36 am

  5. Wow, that is some very interesting film making.
    A potent statement too

    June 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    • Thanks Artswebshow, I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Glad you liked the material.


      June 29, 2011 at 4:24 am

  6. elmediat

    Beautifully done video. Effective use of soundtrack. Here in Canada we didn’t have the same degree of apartheid but we are only now coming to grips with our treatment of the First Nations.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    • Thanks elmediat. This is one of my favorite videos. I believe it has a subtle way of looking at and offering love as a substitute for one of the most devasting era in mankind’s history.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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