No Parlez

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No Parlez
Studio album by Paul Young
Released 18 July 1983
Recorded 1982/83 at The Workhouse 490 Old Kent Road London SE1
Genre Pop, soul, new wave
Length 64:31
Label CBS (UK) / Columbia (US)
Producer Laurie Latham
Paul Young chronology
No Parlez
(1983)
The Secret of Association
(1985)
Paul Young chronology
The Essential Paul Young
(2003)
No Parlez (25th anniversary edition)
(2008)
Singles from No Parlez
  1. "Iron Out the Rough Spots"
    Released: 12 November 1982
  2. "Wherever I Lay My Hat"
    Released: 16 February 1983
  3. "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
    Released: 18 February 1983
  4. "Come Back and Stay"
    Released: 11 March 1983
  5. "Love of the Common People"
    Released: 28 July 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (RS 407) 3/5 stars[2]

No Parlez is the debut solo album by the British singer Paul Young. Released in 1983, it reached number one on the UK Albums Chart (for a non-consecutive total of 5 weeks) and remained in the UK Top 100 for 119 weeks.[3] The album has been certified Triple Platinum by the BPI for UK sales in excess of 900,000 copies.[4]

Initially the first two singles, "Iron Out the Rough Spots" and a re-make of "Love of the Common People" had no success, but the third, a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" was No. 1 in the UK singles chart for three weeks in the summer of 1983, and the first of Young's fourteen British Top 40 singles. Similar success followed in continental Europe. In the UK, the follow-up single "Come Back and Stay" reached No. 4, and the re-release of "Love of the Common People" made it to No. 2 in late 1983.

The album was released with a different cover in North America,[5] and a new video for the single "Come Back and Stay" was made.

Track listing[edit]

Original Vinyl Album release[edit]

  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Jack Lee) – 4:57[6]
  2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) - 5:01
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" (Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) – 5:18
  4. "Ku Ku Kurama" (Steve Bolton) – 4:20
  5. "No Parlez" (Anthony Moore) – 4:54
  6. "Love of the Common People" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 4:56
  7. "Oh Women" (Jack Lee) – 3:34
  8. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, David Porter) – 4:47
  9. "Broken Man" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 3:55
  10. "Tender Trap" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 4:31
  11. "Sex" (Jack Lee) – 4:49

Original CD release[edit]

  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Jack Lee) – 7:56 (scratch mix)[6]
  2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) - 5:01
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" (Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) – 6:01 (extended club mix)
  4. "Ku Ku Kurama" (Steve Bolton) – 4:20
  5. "No Parlez" (Anthony Moore) – 4:54
  6. "Behind your Smile" - 4:08
  7. "Love of the Common People" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 5:51 (extended club mix)
  8. "Oh Women" (Jack Lee) – 3:34 (3:34)
  9. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, David Porter) – 7:28 (extended club mix)
  10. "Broken Man" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 3:55
  11. "Tender Trap" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 4:31
  12. "Sex" (Jack Lee) – 6:51 (extended club mix)

Production[edit]

Personnel[edit]

2008 re-release[edit]

No Parlez 25th anniversary edition

The album was re-released on 30 June 2008 in the UK and worldwide on 5 August 2008[7] as a 25th-anniversary edition. It contains the original 11 tracks as well as a bonus 10-track disc with a combination of B-sides, remixes and live tracks. Although the booklet claims that this is the original vinyl album on CD, 3 songs are shortened from their vinyl release; "Come Back and Stay", "Love Will Tear Us Apart" & "Love of the Common People". The original vinyl versions of these tracks remain unreleased.

The Extended Club mixes of "Wherever I Lay My Hat" & "Sex", the full version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and the Scratch Mix of "Come Back and Stay", which were all included on the original CD release, were not included on the 25th anniversary edition. However, In 2013 they were all included on the compilation album Remixes and Rarities.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Jack Lee) – 4:24[6]
  2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) - 4:17
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" (Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) – 5:18
  4. "Ku Ku Kurama" (Steve Bolton) – 4:20
  5. "No Parlez" (Anthony Moore) – 4:54
  6. "Love of the Common People" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 4:00
  7. "Oh Women" (Jack Lee) – 3:34
  8. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, David Porter) – 4:47
  9. "Broken Man" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 3:55
  10. "Tender Trap" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 4:31
  11. "Sex" (Jack Lee) – 4:49

Bonus Disc track listing[edit]

  1. Come Back and Stay (Extended Club Mix) - 7:34 [different remix compared to the original CD release]
  2. Iron Out the Rough Spots (Extended Club Mix) - 7:28 [same version as on the original CD release]
  3. Love of the Common People (Extended Mix) - 5:51 [same version as on the original CD release]
  4. Behind Your Smile - 4:10 [same as on the original CD release]
  5. I've Been Lonely For So Long - 3:37
  6. Yours - 5:39 [extended club mix, B-side from "Come Back and Stay")
  7. Sex (Demo Version) - 3:49
  8. Pale Shelter (Demo Version) - 3:50
  9. Better To Have and Don't Need (Live Version) - 5:57 (B-side from "Love of the Common People" 12 inch)
  10. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) [Live Version] - 5:59 (B-side from "Love of the Common People" 12 inch)

References[edit]

Preceded by
The Very Best Of by The Beach Boys
Labour of Love by UB40
Seven and the Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran
Now That's What I Call Music by Various Artists
UK number one album
17 September 1983 – 23 September 1983
1 October 1983 – 14 October 1983
10 December 1983 – 16 December 1983
14 January 1984 – 20 January 1984
Succeeded by
Labour of Love by UB40
Genesis by Genesis
Now That's What I Call Music by Various Artists
Now That's What I Call Music by Various Artists