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Mark Hollis is the former lead singer and composer of Talk Talk.

Mark David Hollis (born 4 January 1955 in Tottenham, London, England) is a composer, musician, singer-songwriter.

Hollis is most famous as the lead singer of the band, Talk Talk. It was he, and fellow Talk Talk member Tim Friese-Greene, who took the lead in evolving the band’s style from New Romantic, to what would later become known as post-rock.

In 1998 he released an eponymous solo debut album, Mark Hollis.

Mark Hollis played the piano on the track “Piano” from the 1998 minimalist album AV 1 by Phill Brown and Dave Allinson (under the pseudonym “John Cope”).
Talk Talks ‘’New Grass’’ was sampled on the track ‘’Rabbit in your headlights’’ on the 1998 trip-hop album Psyence Fiction by UNKLE.
Mark Hollis provided several roles in support of Anja Garbarek’s 2001 album Smiling & Waving.


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  • RussellChap

    I've only listened to Mark Hollis' album twice, I just can't do it again cos on both occasions I felt empty, hollowed out. It's an experience I don't wanna face again.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FrokenKeke

    Idol material.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • p_kersey

    We all do

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LiamEBM

    I really wish there was more.

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • imyourman

    I agree with all the plaudits here, a great voice and minimalistic music to accompany his beautiful lyrics, I also love the way he chose his family over the music business. Its also worth checking out one of his former band mates from Talk Talk - Paul Webb and his collaboration with Beth Gibbons from Portishead and their album:- Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Avliva

    such perfect music and a beautiful voice

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TristanLR

    I haven't had any issue with the repress on my system - sounds fine to me, as does the Laughing Stock pressings.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • darkpretty95

    Happy birthday, Mark!

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Happy birthday Mark.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mynameisalive

    The repress is terrible. To start they have a bad off-centering issue which results in surface noise. The metalwork is awful and quality control non existent. Seriously, listening to this album on vinyl is like torture. A real shame than no one gave a fuck about the quality control. They even misspelled stuff and they get the year wrong....2001 instead of 2011. YES - Ba Da Bing's attempt at making this amazing music translate to vinyl is an absolute fucking joke.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • drolliewops

    The represss demands a good quality system. In my opinion the repress sounds excellent.

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    Is vinyl repress of the record that bad as everyone tells?

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    stunning album.

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Arderocker

    This guy is a musician

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • fekko

    well it was like five years old and he did it, as mentioned, for another production, in which they didnt use it in the end. at least he still makes musik, gives me hope :)

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mynameisalive

    this Boss piece is very old. You are disillusioned if you think he was commissioned recently to write for a tv show.

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • NM_chillandill here is "ARB Section 1", the aforementioned Boss piece. it's so great to hear even fifty seconds from Marky Mark.

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • messo

    I heard he was returning with an instrumental piece for a TV show called Boss. The piece is from some music he did for a movie called Peacock that apparently wasn't used. Maybe there's still hope?

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Arderocker

    This guy has done so much to music and art, what a God.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
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