Speak Like a Child (song)

For the Herbie Hancock album, see Speak Like a Child (album).
"Speak Like a Child"
Single by The Style Council
from the album Introducing The Style Council
B-side "Party Chambers"
Released 1983
Format 7"
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Paul Weller
The Style Council singles chronology
"Speak Like a Child"
"Money Go Round (Part 1)"
Introducing The Style Council track listing
"Headstart for Happiness"
"Speak Like a Child"
"Long Hot Summer" (Club mix)

"Speak Like a Child" was the debut single from The Style Council, released on March 11, 1983[1][2] and was included on the album, Introducing The Style Council later in 1983. Backed with "Party Chambers", it became a hit, peaking at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Band members Paul Weller and Mick Talbot were already well-known from their previous bands, The Jam and The Merton Parkas, respectively. It has remained one of their most enduring hits.

The single also features Tracie Young, who had just signed to Weller's Respond Records label, on backing vocals.

Compilation appearances

As well as the song's single release, it has featured on various compilation albums released by The Style Council. The song was included on The Singular Adventures of The Style Council, The Complete Adventures of The Style Council, and Greatest Hits.

Track listing

  1. "Speak Like a Child" - 3:15
  2. "Party Chambers" - 3:20


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[3]


Chart (1983) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 29
UK Singles Chart[4] 4


  1. "Paul Weller Returns with Style Council". Record. 2 (8): 1. June 1983.
  2. "The Style Council : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  3. Introducing The Style Council liner notes. Polydor Records. 1983.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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