No Parlez

Label
Columbia
Release date
14 Nov 1988
Running length
31 tracks
Running time
143:48

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Come Back and Stay 4:20 93,860
1 Come Back and Stay (Extended Version) 7:56 2,133
2 Love Will Tear Us Apart 5:00 11,518
3 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) 4:11 47,772
3 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) (Extended Version) 6:01 793
4 Ku-Ku Kurama 4:20 846
4 Ku Ku Kurama 4:19 1,734
5 No Parlez 4:54 4,198
6 Behind Your Smile 4:08 2,242
6 Love of the Common People 3:40 86,280
7 Love of the Common People (Extended Version) 5:51 981
7 Oh Woman 3:33 118
8 Iron out the Rough Spots 4:48 1,565
8 Oh Women 3:34 2,624
9 Broken Man 3:55 8,762
9 Iron out the Rough Spots (Extended Version) 7:29 264
10 Tender Trap 4:32 3,211
11 Sex 4:49 1,562
12 Sex (Extended Version) 6:52 286
1 Come Back and Stay (12" Mix) 7:32 921
2 Iron out the Rough Spots (12" Mix) 7:28 57
3 Love of the Common People (12" Mix) 5:51 177
5 I've Been Lonely For So Long 3:37 105
6 Yours 5:37 133
7 Sex (Demo Version) 3:48 21
8 Pale Shelter (Demo Version) 3:49 21
9 Better to Have and Don't Need (Live Version) 5:57 26
10 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) (Live Version) 5:57 77

About this album

No Parlez is a 1983 album by Paul Young. It was released with a different cover for North America. It was his first #1 album in the UK. The single from the album, “Come Back and Stay”, had different videos for the US and UK.

Initially the first two singles, “Iron Out the Rough Spots” and a re-make of “Love of the Common People” had no success, but the third, a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” was No. 1 in the UK singles chart for three weeks in the summer of 1983, and the first of fourteen British Top 40 singles. Similar success followed all over Europe. In the UK, the follow-up single “Come Back and Stay” reached No. 4, and the re-release of “Love of the Common People” made it to No. 2, while No Parlez was certified platinum in various countries.

Young’s style was a warm, approachable white soul, though he sometimes received playful criticism for his fashion decisions. However, his choice of an Antony Price leather suit for the cover of No Parlez was impractical for stage, where an energetic show dictated more robust clothing.

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