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.
Standard edition
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1982
ProducerColin Thurston
Talk Talk chronology
The Party's Over
It's My Life
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Q2/5 stars[2]
Mojo (re-issue review)2/5 stars[3]

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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Standard track listing (side one)
1."Talk Talk"Ed Hollis, Mark Hollis3:23
2."It's So Serious"Simon Brenner, Lee Harris, M. Hollis, Paul Webb[note 1]3:21
3."Today" (Track 5 in U.S. vinyl)Brenner, Harris, M. Hollis, Webb[note 1]3:30
4."The Party's Over"Brenner, Harris, M. Hollis, Webb[note 1]6:12
Standard track listing (side two)
5."Hate" (Track 3 in U.S. vinyl)Brenner, Harris, M. Hollis, Webb[note 1]3:58
6."Have You Heard the News?"M. Hollis5:07
7."Mirror Man"M. Hollis3:21
8."Another Word"Webb3:14
9."Candy"M. Hollis4:41
U.S. cassette edition (Program 1)
1."Talk Talk"3:23
3."The Party's Over"6:12
U.S. cassette edition (Program 2)
2."Have You Heard the News?"5:07
3."Mirror Man"3:21
4."Another Word"3:14
5."It's So Serious"3:21


Talk Talk
Additional personnel



Year Chart Position
1982 UK Album Chart 21[5]
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 132[6]


  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. ^ The Party’s Over: Overview
  2. ^ "[The Party's Over review]". Q. September 1997.
  3. ^ Eccleston, Danny (May 2012). "Lost Horizon". Mojo. No. 222. London: Bauer. p. 100. ISSN 1351-0193.
  4. ^ "Talk Talk - The Party's Over (Album)". Hung Medien / eMedia Jungden. 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Talk Talk UK chart history". Official Charts. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. ^ The Party’s Over: Awards