Music Video of the Day: Talking In Your Sleep by The Romantics (1983, dir. ???)

Last week’s hospital procedure was to see if they could find anything that could be causing this 20+ year chronic cough. The doctor doesn’t like to discuss the results immediately afterwards since you’d probably be too groggy. I agree with that. However, he did give me an envelope with some results inside of it. I didn’t have any plans to look at it without the doctor to interpret it for me. I was feeling pretty down, so I opened it up. I don’t know exactly what they are going to do, if anything, but they did find several things. I’m very happy about that. It’s really weird to be happy about doctor’s finding something wrong. But if they hadn’t, then I would have been back to square one. This has cheered me up to at least put a short post together. Unfortunately, it’s an example of one of the serious downsides to doing these posts. There’s another version of Talking In Your Sleep by The Romantics–of course there is.

Back when I knew I was going to be starting a several week rollercoaster of antibiotic side-effects, I did a post on Goodbye To You by Scandal. That video looked very similar to this one. It was just more lively. I bring it up because while doing that post I was also looking at other videos by Scandal, such as the one for Love’s Got A Line On You. There’s the professional version with Patty Smyth decked out in her best 80’s prom dress. Then there’s the two versions that just have the band performing against a white background. The only reason they are notable is because you get to see Jon Bon Jovi playing with them. Beyond the, There’s another version?, I would say that this one is for completionists only, like those other Scandal videos. For those people, I felt I might as well do this while I remember it exists.

In general, I have been feeling particularly bad. Lisa may jump in from time to time. If I need to bow out completely, then I’ll say so. One upside to feeling bad is that I blaze through a lot of movies. With that in mind, it means I can tie this post of video for a Detroit, Michigan band to Canada’s 150th anniversary.

During the past week, I watched what may be the worst–non-Hallmark–Canadian film trying to masquerade as an America one that I’ve seen so far. That film being The Masked Saint (2016). It’s a pro-vigilante film about a wrestler turned pastor that moves to Michigan, dresses up like Santo, and violently defends his flock. I knew it was Canadian the second I saw a big American flag on the back wall of his church for no discernible reason. It was also the last film starring Canadian wrestler Roddy Piper. It’s kind of sad that he went out with this film, but considering the movies he made, I get the impression he had a good sense of humor.

Also, The Romantics’ album In Heat, which included this song, did well in Canada and the Netherlands. The first is obvious. The second ties to Canada because they have a special place in the Netherlands since they were some of the first soldiers to arrive to liberate the Dutch during WWII. They also took in the future queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, during the war. She’ll come up again when I eventually do a certain Golden Earring video–but that’s for another day.


Music Video of the Day: Talking In Your Sleep by The Romantics (1983, dir. ???)

This is another one of those music videos where I have no idea why there isn’t a director listed anywhere. I can tell you why they look like they just woke up in this video. I don’t have the book yet, but by way of Songfacts, the book MTV Ruled The World: The Early Years Of Music Video has a quote from lead-singer Jimmy Marinos where he mentions that they shot the video at 8:00 AM–“not really rock ‘n’ roll hours.”

I’ve heard this song so many times, but I can’t say I paid much attention to the video. I have questions.

The video starts off, and we see someone taking off their shoe and what looks like a dress. That’s followed by this lady pointing at the floor.

I wouldn’t think anything of it were it not for the fact that the next shot is of her taking off her bra, before the shot of her arms in the air to have her PJs fall onto her.

Then one of the weirdest parts of the video happens. The band appears to rise from the tarp.

Given their outfits, it really looks like they were part of the tarp, rose, and took on the form of human beings.

We get some shots of them walking amongst this place where apparently all women go when they sleep.

It begs the question, where do the men go?

Now we get a shot of only the lead-singer.

Then the other members of the band pop into the shot.

Now we know they can do that effect.

One of the members of the band walks between two lines of the women like he works at a camp and is making sure all the kids are asleep. The women appear to reach out either to grab him or to hold onto each other’s hands.

That means that their presence effects sleep. Case in point, the next set of shots.

They have magical powers? Will this transformation carry over to the real world? Is this temporary? Is he fulfilling her dream by making her look the way she wishes she did? By that, I mean a 1950’s icon to go with the band’s appearance.

After some more shots of the band playing so that they can finish the song, we can see the band walking off like they are ghosts.

So, why the rising from the floor bit? I mean other than that it looks neat. Were they ghosts this whole time?

Finally, the women appear to be waking up before the camera quickly fades to black.

Does that mean they live there? If the camera had stayed on them longer, would they have teleported out? Is there a reason they didn’t have the band walk out of frame, and then have all the women fade out of the shot to imply they are leaving the dreamworld? We already saw that they could teleport people into the video because they did with the shots of the band.

I really hope the music video for the Bucks Fizz cover version is more straightforward-no it isn’t.


30 Days Of Surrealism:

  1. Street Of Dreams by Rainbow (1983, dir. Storm Thorgerson)
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Children by Dio (1985, dir. Daniel Kleinman)
  3. The Thin Wall by Ultravox (1981, dir. Russell Mulcahy)
  4. Take Me Away by Blue Öyster Cult (1983, dir. Richard Casey)
  5. Here She Comes by Bonnie Tyler (1984, dir. ???)
  6. Do It Again by Wall Of Voodoo (1987, dir. ???)
  7. The Look Of Love by ABC (1982, dir. Brian Grant)
  8. Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol (1984, dir. David Mallet)
  9. Somebody New by Joywave (2015, dir. Keith Schofield)
  10. Twilight Zone by Golden Earring (1982, dir. Dick Maas)
  11. Schism by Tool (2001, dir. Adam Jones)
  12. Freaks by Live (1997, dir. Paul Cunningham)
  13. Loverboy by Billy Ocean (1984, dir. Maurice Phillips)