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Mark Hollis

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Mark David Hollis (born 4 January 1955, Tottenham, London) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. He achieved commercial success in the 1980s as singer with the synthpop/post-rock band Talk Talk, but retired from the music industry after his 1998 solo debut album.

The younger brother of Ed Hollis, a disc jockey and producer who went on to manage bands such as Eddie and the Hot Rods, Hollis originally planned to become a child psychologist but in 1975 left university to relocate to London, where he eventually formed a band called The Reaction. In 1977, The Reaction recorded a demo for Island Records; among the tracks was a Hollis original titled “Talk Talk” which later surfaced on the Beggars Banquet punk compilation Streets. After just one single, 1978’s “I Can’t Resist,” The Reaction disbanded, and through his brother, Hollis was first introduced to musicians Paul Webb, Lee Harris and Simon Brenner, with whom he formed Talk Talk in 1981, soon signing to the EMI label.

In 1998, he released an eponymous solo debut album, Mark Hollis, and participated in occasional musical projects, including playing melodica and bass guitar on Anja Garbarek’s 2001 album Smiling & Waving, as well as producing it. He has now retired from the music industry. He has stated about his decision to retire from performing, “I choose for my family. Maybe others are capable of doing it, but I can’t go on tour and be a good dad at the same time.

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  • vrthngwntbttr

    oh

    5 Dec 10:24am Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    I feel invigorated and warm toward life when hearing his album.. there's no despair in here. It's sad, but thoughtful and.. thankful sounding.

    16 Sep 1:34pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    I'd call this album hauntingly beautiful. Yeah, there is an aching sadness to it, but it doesn't leave me feeling empty and hollowed out. Luckily, as it's a real favourite.

    14 Sep 7:35pm Reply
  • Avantgardian

    Very abstract and dream-like

    13 Sep 12:55am Reply
  • 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

    http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+Hollis/+images/94546759

    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
  • 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
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