Don’t know if it was because I was exhausted from getting up early and shoveling snow this morning, but somehow “Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics made some room in my head today, so, it’s my song of the day.
If you were to ask 100 people (who remember the 80s) what song they think of when they think of The Romantics, I’m betting 70-75 of them would say “What I Like About You.” It’s a more than fair assumption, considering that song has a spot in the land of radio immortality, despite stopping at No. 49 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 in March 1980. It’s a testament to being one of those songs that, even though it wasn’t a big hit, it didn’t need to be a big hit to live on.
The Romantics charted just 4 songs on the Hot 100, and “Talking In Your Sleep” was by far the biggest. It would spend 3 weeks at No. 3 in January / February 1984 and a half-year on the chart, plus go on to hit No. 1 on the BILLBOARD Dance chart, No. 2 on the BILLBOARD Rock chart, plus it spent 3 weeks at No. 2 in Canada, reached No. 5 in Sweden and No. 14 in Australia.
The catchy, straight-ahead dance-rock sound of “Talking In Your Sleep” didn’t catch on with U.K. listeners, but it did later in 1984 when one of their own popular bands, Bucks Fizz, covered it. Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 (remember those? me either…), and though Bucks Fizz never made an impact here in the U.S., over in the U.K., Bucks Fizz had 3 No. 1 songs and 13 Top 40 hits overall between 1981 and 1986. Their version of “Talking In Your Sleep” peaked at No. 15.
The Detroit band is still around, performs live to this day and are in the process of releasing some new material at some point, but for awhile in late 1983 and early 1984, they were royalty in the upper echelon of the pop music world, all because of the secrets that you keep, when you’re talking in your sleep…