Talking in Your Sleep (The Romantics song)

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"Talking in Your Sleep"
Single by The Romantics
from the album In Heat
B-side "I'm Hip"
Released September, 1983
Genre Rock, new wave
Label Nemperor Records
Writer(s) Canler, Skill, Palmar, Solley, Marinos
Producer(s) Peter Solley
The Romantics singles chronology
"Talking in Your Sleep"
Music sample
"Talking in Your Sleep"
Single by Bucks Fizz
from the album I Hear Talk
B-side "Don't Think You're Fooling Me"
Released 17 August 1984
Format 7" single, 12" single, EP
Genre Pop
Length 4.18
Label RCA
Writer(s) Canler, Skill, Palmar, Solley, Marinos
Producer(s) Andy Hill
Bucks Fizz singles chronology
"Rules of the Game"
"Talking in Your Sleep"
"Golden Days"

"Talking in Your Sleep" is a chart-topping hit song by Detroit rock band The Romantics. It was a #3 U.S. hit in early 1984 and became a UK hit in August that year for British band Bucks Fizz.

The song is in natural minor.[1]

Song history[edit]

The song appeared on the Romantics' 1983 album In Heat and was the Romantics' biggest chart hit, garnering substantial radio airplay and a million in US 45 RPM single sales.

The song reached #3 - where it held for three weeks - on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984. It also went to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart,[2] as well as hitting the top of Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart.

In Australia, "Talking in Your Sleep" climbed to #14 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report). The song's music video, widely aired at the time on MTV and elsewhere, featured the band performing while surrounded by standing, but seemingly sleeping women who were dressed in lingerie, pajamas, and other sleepwear.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Country (1983-84) Peak
Australia 14
Canada (RPM)[3] 1
U.S. (Billboard Hot 100) 3
U.S. (Hot Dance Club Play) 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
Canada [5] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 19
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[7] 34

Bucks Fizz version[edit]

The single was unsuccessful in the UK, but in August 1984, the song became well-known when pop group Bucks Fizz covered it. This version reached No. 15 on the UK Singles Chart.[8] It was produced by Andy Hill and featured on their fourth album, I Hear Talk.[9][10] The single was the group's first for nine months and became their biggest hit since "When We Were Young", a year previously. It was also released as a limited-edition EP, which included the live tracks "Twentieth Century Hero" and a cover of Chris de Burgh's "Don't Pay the Ferryman". The B-side, "Don't Think You're Fooling Me" was written and produced by band member Bobby G.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl

  1. "Talking in Your Sleep" (Canler / Skill / Palmar / Solley / Marinos) (4.18)
  2. "Don't Think You're Fooling Me" (Bobby G) (3.50)

12" vinyl

  1. "Talking in Your Sleep" (Extended Mix) (8.39)
  2. "Don't Think You're Fooling Me" (3.50)

Limited edition EP

  1. "Talking in Your Sleep (4.18)
  2. "Don't Think You're Fooling Me" (3.50)
  3. "Twentieth Century Hero" (Live) (Andy Hill / Pete Sinfield) (3.20)
  4. "Don't Pay the Ferryman" (Live) (Chris de Burgh) (3.56)

Chart positions[edit]

Country Peak
UK [11] 15
Ireland [12] 14
Poland [13] 22

In popular culture[edit]

The song is one of the 1980s tunes that can be heard in the arcade game compilation Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection, for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC.

The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after a 1980s hit song, named a 7th-season episode after this song.

Jermaine Dupri sampled "Talking in Your Sleep" for the Kris Kross song "Da Streets Ain't Right" for their 1996 album Young, Rich & Dangerous. DJ Screw later slowed the Dupri beat down and recorded a mixtape called June 27th featuring many members of the Houston hip-hop scene rapping over the beat for extended periods. Drake later paid homage to DJ Screw with his "November 18" track that features the slowed-down beat.

The song "Secrets" by American rapper Snoop Dogg featuring Kokane interpolates "Talking in Your Sleep", from his album Malice n Wonderland.

Filipino rapper Andrew E.'s song "Honey" uses the bassline of this song, and also contains interpolations.

The song is featured in the Knight Rider episode 3.04 "Knights of the Fast Lane".

The song was also covered by rock band Downplay on their album, Radiocalypse.

The song is featured in the video game Saints Row IV on the radio station The Mix 107.77.

The song was covered by Alana in 2012.

The song was also covered by The Civil Wars in 2013.


Preceded by
"Let the Music Play" by Shannon
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (The Romantics version)
December 10, 1983 – December 17, 1983
Succeeded by
"Say It Isn't So" by Hall & Oates