Somniloquy is the scientific name for talking in your sleep. This sleep phenomenon made The Romantics a phenomenon. The Romantics “Talking in Your Sleep” almost wasn’t made. In the book, MTV Ruled The World, Jimmy Marino said, “That was the last song recorded for the album, In Heat. All we had was a backtrack, the instrumental part of the song. And we realized it was too good a track to leave unfinished. So everybody put their heads together, and in a couple of days, we finished up the song melodically and lyrically.” (totally80s.com)
The MTV Effect on The Romantics “Talking In Your Sleep”
MTV also played a big role in The Romantics’ most successful song (it was their only top ten hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100). The video was played on MTV in heavy rotation. Featuring many ladies standing yet sleeping, dressed in pajamas and lingerie with the band walking past and around the band members, it definitely offered some eye candy. The video was shot in a warehouse in Detroit at 8:00 am. The band felt the early morning shoot was “not really rock ‘n’ roll hours.” If the guys look a little sleepy in the video, it’s because they were. If their hair looks permed… well, it was the ’80s.
“Talking In Your Sleep” was the last song recorded for In Heat but it was the first release. The song ended up selling more than a million copies. I saw Wally Palmar a few years ago and I asked him if a quote I’d heard was true. I heard that Wally had referred to the success of “Talking In Your Sleep” as the moment in their career where “We went from wearing red plastic pants to wearing red leather pants.” Wally verified that, yes, he did indeed say that. One of the best quotes ever. I love it.
The Romantics formed in Detroit on Valentine’s Day in 1977 (thus their name).
“Talking In Your Sleep” was released in September of 1983. The song turns 40 this year.