The Sky's Gone Out

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The Sky's Gone Out
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1982
GenreGothic rock
LabelBeggars Banquet
Bauhaus chronology
The Sky's Gone Out
Burning from the Inside

The Sky's Gone Out is the third studio album by English gothic rock band Bauhaus, released in 1982 by record label Beggars Banquet.


The Sky's Gone Out was released in October 1982 by the record label Beggars Banquet.

The initial limited edition included the live album Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape as a bonus. The compact disc reissue dropped the run-out speech from the final track "Exquisite Corpse" (which, like the snoring on the song itself, was done by the band's sound engineer Derek Tompkins) 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Pressfavourable[2]
Record Collector3/5 stars[3]

In his retrospective review of the album, Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote, "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."[1]


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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bauhaus (Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins and Peter Murphy), except as noted.

1."Third Uncle" (Brian Eno cover)Eno5:14
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


  • Peter Murphy – vocals, additional guitar
  • Daniel Ash – guitars, vocal on Exquisite Corpse, album cover painting
  • David J – bass guitar, vocal on Exquisite Corpse
  • Kevin Haskins – drums, congas in "Third Uncle"


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "The Sky's Gone Out – Bauhaus | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "[The Sky's Gone Out review]". Alternative Press: 104. November 2001.
  3. ^ Rigby, Paul (October 2008). "That Difficult Third Album Syndrome..." Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved 25 February 2013.

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