The Party's Over (Talk Talk album)

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The Party's Over
Two blue lips posing as "eyes", left "eye" open", right "eye" closed. Has nose and closed red lips.
Studio album by
Released13 July 1982[1]
ProducerColin Thurston
Talk Talk chronology
The Party's Over
It's My Life
Singles from The Party's Over
  1. "Mirror Man"
    Released: February 1982
  2. "Talk Talk"
    Released: March 1982
  3. "Today"
    Released: June 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Mojo (re-issue review)[5]

The Party's Over is the debut album by Talk Talk. It was released in 1982 and produced by Colin Thurston, who was a former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran's first two albums.


The Party's Over was released in July 1982 by record label EMI.

In the United Kingdom, the album's single "Today" was a top-twenty hit. The remixed version of the single "Talk Talk" reached number 1 in South Africa in 1983 and number 23 in the UK. In the United States the album entered the Billboard Top 200, reaching number 132, while the single "Talk Talk" peaked at number 75.[citation needed]

In New Zealand, the album was a hit, peaking at number 8 due to the success of "Today", which reached number 10 in 1983.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Talk Talk"Ed Hollis, Mark Hollis3:23
2."It's So Serious"Simon Brenner, Lee Harris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb[note 1]3:21
3."Today" (Track 5 on original US vinyl)Simon Brenner, Lee Harris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb[note 1]3:30
4."The Party's Over"Simon Brenner, Lee Harris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb[note 1]6:12
Side two
5."Hate" (Track 3 on original US vinyl)Simon Brenner, Lee Harris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb[note 1]3:58
6."Have You Heard the News?"Mark Hollis5:07
7."Mirror Man"Mark Hollis3:21
8."Another Word"Paul Webb3:14
9."Candy"Mark Hollis4:41
Total length:36:47


Talk Talk
  • Mark Hollis – lead vocals and backing vocals
  • Paul Webb – fretless bass and backing vocals
  • Simon Brenner – synthesizers and piano
  • Lee Harris – electronic drums and drum machine


Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 94
UK (Official Charts Company)[8] 23
Billboard Pop Albums[9] 132


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^
Worldwide 250,000[11]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b c d Per the original sleeve notes, which additionally delineate the credit for the song as "Lyrics - Hollis, Music - Brenner/Harris/Hollis/Webb". However, BMI records list all five Talk Talk songs credited to Brenner/Harris/Hollis/Webb (the four on The Party's Over plus the non-album B-side "Call in the Night Boy") as being written by Brenner and Hollis only. See BMI Work numbers 1313128, 1524648, 1155289, 530291, and 170255.


  1. ^ "Merchandising" (PDF). Record Business. 5 July 1982. p. 2. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Top 15 Sophisti-Pop Albums". 25 August 2021.
  3. ^ "The Party's Over - Talk Talk - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "[The Party's Over review]". Q. September 1997.
  5. ^ Eccleston, Danny (May 2012). "Lost Horizon". Mojo. No. 222. London: Bauer. p. 100. ISSN 1351-0193.
  6. ^ "Talk Talk - The Party's Over (Album)". Hung Medien / eMedia Jungden. 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 304. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Talk Talk UK chart history". Official Charts. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Album Search for "the partys over"". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Talk Talk – The Party's Over". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 August 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Party's Over in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ Deevoy, Adrian (28 August 2013). "Talk Talk: 'You should never listen to music as background music' – a classic interview from the vaults". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2019.