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London, England (1981 – 1991)

Talk Talk are commonly known for their early / singles, but are also considered forerunners in the genre for their later albums.

Although they were identified with bands such as Duran Duran during the New Wave movement, Talk Talk had a progressive depth their contemporaries lacked. After keyboardist Simon Brenner was replaced with producer and unofficial member Tim Friese-Greene, each successive Talk Talk release became more sophisticated and original.

The band formed in London, England in 1981. Talk Talk began as a quartet consisting of Mark Hollis (vocals), Simon Brenner (keyboards), Lee Harris (drums) and Paul Webb (bass). They were generally associated with the New Wave movement; more specifically, in their early years, they were often compared with Duran Duran, as both bands not only featured a double-barreled name and a Roxy Music-inspired musical direction, but also a record label (EMI) and producer (Colin Thurston).

Talk Talk’s first line-up released a self-titled debut EP in 1982 which was quickly expanded into a full-length album entitled The Party’s Over. The band charted in the UK Top 40 with the singles “Talk Talk” and “Today”, both produced by Thurston (who had also produced hits for Duran Duran and Howard Jones).

Brenner left after the 1983 non-LP single “My Foolish Friend”, which was produced by frequent Roxy Music collaborator Rhett Davies. At this point, the band added unofficial fourth member Tim Friese-Greene, who became Talk Talk’s keyboard player, producer, and Hollis’ frequent writing partner.

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  • NOHIDDENPATH

    Yet another brilliant band from the past. there are just so many of them! heard a Talktalk track just the other day on the radio. what a great band. great lyrics. beats a lot of the new bands around today. www.soundcloud.com/dolores-3

    19 Dec 5:49pm Reply
  • Prognoz_

    Oh, and I was talking about Laughing Stock

    14 Dec 11:12pm Reply
  • Prognoz_

    After countless post rock albums, I finally decided to give one of the first of the genre a try and then after a few listens.........holy flipping fuck, why haven't I heard this earlier? It's one of a kind and goddamn unique. It's natural beauty and peace. This is what more post-rock bands should follow

    14 Dec 11:11pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    Laughing Stock is divine.

    7 Dec 10:57am Reply
  • shakedatthang

    Bark Psychosis among the related artists restores my faith in Talk Talk fans. At least a sizable portion of them listen to the good side of their output. Now let's add Polmo Polpo, Do Make Say Think and Tortoise to the related artists.

    25 Oct 10:51pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hi! listen and download my new albums here: http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Aki+Kato atmospheric metal, experimental

    2 Oct 10:44am Reply
  • renoodles

    no entiendo el pinguino-loro de la portada de SPIRIT OF EDEN pero por lo demás bastante op Enviar nota

    19 Sep 9:41pm Reply
  • Obzedat

    Imagine a reunion.

    1 Sep 9:21pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    31 Aug 11:22am Reply
  • szuparnapol

    list of ppl who believe in me: Mark Hollis

    23 Aug 8:29pm Reply
  • white_lemur

    Talk Talk is one of kind.

    7 Aug 4:32pm Reply
  • kkjjnjjjj

    the radiohead comparisons seem superficial to me. radiohead is so mopey

    4 Aug 5:48pm Reply
  • Nick14Orlov

    Отличная new wave-группа, очень интересные мелодии, отличающиеся от попсовых нео-романтиков. Но не все альбомы. Третий альбом - мой любимый - длинные песни, пышные аранжировки, прекрасные мелодии - просто смак. Дальше всё пошло сложнее, отход от попсового жанра ближе к пост-року, но тоже неплохо. Скажу так - первые три альбома - для всех, последние два - далеко не для всех.

    25 Jul 11:18am Reply
  • Jjjohn0404

    Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are beautiful albums

    24 Jul 10:40pm Reply
  • Praetorian42

    @Swojguy no- they didn't do any touring after Spirit of Eden was released. The music was too complex to reproduce live.

    23 Jul 4:06am Reply
  • Swojguy

    Did they ever do Laughing Stock material live? I can't find any videos anywhere!

    21 Jul 12:55pm Reply
  • marucru

    I think Living in Another World might be the most beautiful song I've ever heard

    11 Jul 10:09am Reply
  • impronen

    jamesusillxd: Right on. And Radiohead's the one being hailed as revolutionary.

    4 Jul 6:14pm Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    It's My Life ♥

    10 Jun 11:35pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    There's nothing quite like falling asleep to the sounds of Spirit of Eden.

    25 May 1:47am Reply
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