The Sky's Gone Out

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The Sky's Gone Out
Studio album by
Released22 October 1982[1]
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.


NME said about the music: "[singer] Peter Murphy comes across like David Bowie imitating Jacques Brel declaiming a pastiche of Lautréamont backed by the early [Siouxsie and the] Banshees.[7]


The Sky's Gone Out was released in October 1982 by the record label Beggars Banquet. It featured a cover version of Brian Eno's "Third Uncle", a new recording of "Spirit", and experiments with ballads, disco, ska and reggae.[8]

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). 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 presented as a white field with the album title and band logo in the upper right corner.


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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."[9]


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.[11]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."Third Uncle"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
CD reissue bonus tracks
11."Ziggy Stardust" (David Bowie cover)Bowie3:13
12."Party of the First Part" 5:27
13."Spirit" (single version) 3:45
14."Watch That Grandad Go" 5:40


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


  1. ^ "News" (PDF). Record Mirror. 9 October 1982. p. 10. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  2. ^ "The Sky's Gone Out, Bauhaus (1982)". Le Poisson.
  3. ^ "The Sky's Gone Out, Bauhaus (1982)". Le Poisson.
  4. ^ Brooksbank, Andrew (29 November 2018). "Bauhaus 'The Sky's Gone Out' : 'Remastered reissue uncovers many new sounds and textures on the experimental album'". Louder Than War. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  5. ^ "The Sky's Gone Out, Bauhaus (1982)". Le Poisson.
  6. ^ "The Sky's Gone Out, Bauhaus (1982)". Le Poisson. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  7. ^ Snow, Mat (23 October 1982). Bauhaus The Sky's gone out review. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  8. ^ "10 essential Bauhaus records". 16 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "The Sky's Gone Out – Bauhaus | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  10. ^ Rigby, Paul (October 2008). "That Difficult Third Album Syndrome..." Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  11. ^ "[The Sky's Gone Out review]". Alternative Press: 104. November 2001.

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