This is one song by ‘Til Tuesday that I wish would have made it into the studio. Even a demo would have been good. But neither exists. Apparently it wasn’t played live too often because one of the band members vaguely remembered it. To this day, I’m still trying to get all the lyrics.
Since Opposites Attract was introduced as a new song in this recording, this would make it written in 1985. The recording was made by someone in the audience which is why it’s not the best quality.
I hope that one day another copy surfaces with clearer lyrics and sound. Until then, we’re lucky to have at least this one.
As she looks into his eyes every night to find everything she’s missing or at least desires..but opposites attract. I know it’s a fact. She’s going through her tears of pain. Opposites Attract.
The Romantics might not be well-known by name because they only had two familiar hits in their career: “What I Like About You” and today’s track, “Talking in Your Sleep.” Ironically enough, Talking in Your Sleep was their only Top 10 hit, while What I Like About You, which is heard on the radio more often, didn’t even make the Top 50.
Talking in Your Sleep was released as a single in 1983, and went to #3 on the Billboard charts in February of 1984. It was included on their fourth album, In Heat, pictured in the video above. It also went to #3 on the Hot Dance Club play chart. Overseas, it went to #14 in Australia.
Frontman Jimmy Marinos talks about the song, “That was the last song recorded for the album. 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.”
The lyrics describe a woman who professes her love for the singer during her sleep.
Here’s some trivia: They got “The Romantics” idea for their band name because they formed on Valentine’s Day.
Another unreleased gem from this fabulous 80’s band. Aimee talks about this song at the beginning of the video. She says it’s about waking up and your old friend “misery” has finally left you. I can relate to the lyrics in another way too, it reminds me of a friend I had in Canada.
The mp3 for this track surfaced on the internet shortly after we stopped talking. This person was really negative in some ways, taking things way too personally. Even worse than me. (If you know me well, you know I’m a pretty sensitive person.) Talking to them sometimes brought me down and it got to a point where the friendship was no longer beneficial to me in any way. Most days this “old friend” made me feel worse…on top of all the stuff I had been dealing with for over a year now. And nothing was changing.
I love the music in this song a lot. Above is a live performance from 1987. It was written prior to the release of their third and final album, Everything’s Different Now.