The Sky's Gone Out

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The Sky's Gone Out
Studio album by Bauhaus
Released October 1982
Recorded Summer 1982 at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth (except track 1, recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 4, London, 1 July 1982, and track 4, recorded at Beck Studios, Wellingborough in Summer 1982)
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock
Length 42:24
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Bauhaus
Bauhaus chronology
The Sky's Gone Out
Burning from the Inside
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press (favourable)[2]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[3]

The Sky's Gone Out is the third studio album by English rock band Bauhaus. It was released in October 1982 on Beggar's Banquet Records.


The initial limited edition of the LP included the live album Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape as a bonus disc. The compact disc reissue of the album dropped the run-out audio from the final track "Exquisite Corpse" and the vinyl edition contains a short recording of drummer Kevin Haskins reading from the play Baal. The Canadian edition of this album also contained a free 12" vinyl single featuring "Ziggy Stardust", "Kick in the Eye", and "Lagartija Nick". This version did not have the distinctive artwork from the US and UK editions, but was instead an enlargement of the cover art from the "Terror Couple Kill Colonel" single.

Critical reception[edit]

In its retrospective review of the album, Allmusic gave the album an average rating, writing "On balance it's quite a fine album, but unlike Mask it misses the infusion of a more positive energy, and simply doesn't gel as perfectly, more notable for individual songs than as a whole."[4] In their feature on the album in 2001, Alternative Press described The Sky's Gone Out as one of the Top 10 essential goth albums, summarizing the record as a "towering slab of shimmering pretension".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins and Peter Murphy, except where indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Third Uncle"   Brian Eno 5:14
2. "Silent Hedges"     3:09
3. "In the Night"     3:05
4. "Swing the Heartache"     5:51
5. "Spirit"     5:28
6. "The Three Shadows, Part I"     4:21
7. "The Three Shadows, Part II"     3:12
8. "The Three Shadows, Part III"     1:36
9. "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything"     3:49
10. "Exquisite Corpse"     5:39
CD reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Ziggy Stardust"   David Bowie 3:13
12. "Party of the First Part"     5:27
13. "Spirit" (single version)   3:45
14. "Watch That Grandad Go"     5:40



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "The Sky's Gone Out – Bauhaus : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Alternative Press: 104. November 2001. 
  3. ^ Rigby, Paul. "That difficult third album syndrome…". Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Ned Raggett. "The Sky's Gone Out". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 February 2012.