Talking in Your Sleep (The Romantics song)

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"Talking in Your Sleep"
The romantics-talking in your sleep s.jpg
Single by The Romantics
from the album In Heat
B-side "I'm Hip"
Released September 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 3:54
Label Nemperor
Songwriter(s) Coz Canler, Jimmy Marinos, Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Peter Solley
Producer(s) Peter Solley
The Romantics singles chronology
"No One Like You"
(1981)
"Talking in Your Sleep"
(1983)
"Rock You Up"
(1983)

"No One Like You"
(1981)
"Talking in Your Sleep"
(1983)
"Rock You Up"
(1983)
Audio sample
"The Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep"

"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. It ultimately became a hit throughout the world, and was the group's most successful song.

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.[2] It also went to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart,[3] as well as hitting the top of Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart.[4]

In Australia, "Talking in Your Sleep" climbed to #14 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report)[5]

It was featured in the first episode of the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things, playing on a car radio.

Music video[edit]

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]

Bucks Fizz version[edit]

"Talking in Your Sleep"
Bucks Fizz - Talking in your Sleep.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Canler, Skill, Palmar, Solley, Marinos
Producer(s) Andy Hill
Bucks Fizz singles chronology
"Rules of the Game"
(1983)
"Talking in Your Sleep"
(1984)
"Golden Days"
(1984)

"Rules of the Game"
(1983)
"Talking in Your Sleep"
(1984)
"Golden Days"
(1984)

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.[22] It was produced by Andy Hill and featured on their fourth album, I Hear Talk.[23][24] 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)

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[25] 14
Poland (LP3)[26] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 15

Cui Jian version[edit]

Chinese singer-songwriter Cui Jian covered the song on his 1985 album "'85回顧" ("'85 Review"/huígù).

Other covers and sampling[edit]

Canadian rapper Evil Ebenezer covered the song on his 2011 album The Birds, titled "Secrets That You Keep".

The Snoop Dogg song "Secrets" (featuring Kokane) from his 2009 album Malice n Wonderland borrows heavily from the original version both musically and lyrically.

Canadian singer The Weeknd interpolates the chorus of "Talking in Your Sleep" in his song "Secrets" from his 2016 album, Starboy.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  2. ^ a b "The Romantics Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard Dec 10, 1983" (PDF). Billboard. New York, NY, USA. 10 December 1983. p. 34. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Dec 24, 1983" (PDF). Billboard. New York, NY, USA. 24 December 1983. p. 28. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30" (in Dutch). Top 30. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4457." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  9. ^ "CHART NUMBER 1413 – Sunday, February 05, 1984". CHUM. Archived from the original on 7 November 2006. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Le Détail par Artiste". InfoDisc (in French). Select "ROMANTICS" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 7, 1984" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  15. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1965 – 1989 Acts R". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  18. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JANUARY 21, 1984". Cash Box. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  19. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9638." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Volume 96 No. 51, DECEMBER 22. 1984" (PDF). Billboard. New York, NY, USA. 22 December 1984. p. TA-19,TA-25. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1984". Cash Box. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  22. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  23. ^ Rafaels and Stefans pictures
  24. ^ bucksfizzearlyyears.co.uk - video shots
  25. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Talking in Your Sleep". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Lista Przebojów Programu 3". LP3. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  27. ^ Angermiller, Michele (December 1, 2016). "The Romantics' Mike Skill on The Weeknd Reviving 'Talking in Your Sleep' on 'Starboy': 'There's a Thirst for the '80s'". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2017.