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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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  • plusblood

    in Hollis Mark we trust [3]

    29 Jul 5:26pm Reply
  • scomatsho

    After the flood, I believe in you and new grass have got to be 3 of the best tracks ever written

    21 Jul 11:27am Reply
  • Cimersies

    Essence of 80's

    14 Jul 10:10am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Before they decided trying to be pop stars was a waste of time Talk Talk were painfully average. Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are the only great things they recorded. Oh, and I defy anyone to listen to Mark Hollis' solo album more than once for pleasure.

    9 Jul 6:58pm Reply
  • reddirtgal1

    TALK TALK FANS, WE NEED YOUR HELP : Talk Talk Download Campaign 2015. What? #ItsMyLife is what! https://youtu.be/5ixRWvrkUHo Why? It’s about the MUSIC. The aim of this campaign is to bring the music of Talk Talk to Generation Z; to get it falling on fresh ears, and touching new minds and hearts. We hope that by getting “It’s My Life” into the charts it will help open up fresh avenues for the rest of their back catalogue to reach a wider audience, so that they too can enjoy the sublime sonic splendour of The Colour of Spring, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. When? Week of 11th October 2015. Late enough to be post-Summer and early enough to avoid the Christmas rush and just after the 30th Anniversary of the UK reissue of It’s My Life (28/09/85). SOCIAL MEDIA: JOIN US : FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/groups/119469205053207/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Its_My_Life_TT_ GOOGLE PLUS: https://plus.google.com/109808958253529029235

    8 Jul 11:34am Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    New Grass <3

    6 Jul 2:44pm Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Очень годная группа, все 5 альбомов по-своему хороши

    28 Jun 10:31am Reply
  • InItForTheLutz

    After the Flood is their best track, hands down.

    21 Jun 6:04am Reply
  • hex_enduction

    Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are so much better than anything similar that came before or since. Not that much similar stuff exists anyway.

    3 Jun 12:00pm Reply
  • flash_flem

    Laughing Stock and Spirit Of Eden are both masterpieces. However The Colour of Spring is also fantastic and I encourage anyone who hasn't checked it out should do. All songs on their last three albums are divine

    22 May 10:43pm Reply
  • KillYourselff

    Какие хорошие ребята.

    20 May 6:55pm Reply
  • redhead6666666

    in Hollis Mark we trust [2]

    15 May 1:25pm Reply
  • redhead6666666

    from the place that I stand, to the land that is openly free. Watching rivers run black, by the trees that are vacant to greed

    15 May 1:25pm Reply
  • innominata_

    dead to respect, respect to be born. lest we forget ... who lay

    9 May 8:09am Reply
  • TongueInAspic

    in Hollis Mark we trust

    7 May 3:42pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Big Fan Here

    15 Apr 1:42pm Reply
  • Kyonil

    Норм.

    20 Mar 6:53am Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    you guys should check out the newest These New Puritans album...really hits the Spirit of Eden nerve at parts. I enjoy it immensely

    21 Feb 3:49am Reply
  • LedDivision

    Un des plus grand groupe de l'histoire

    17 Feb 10:37am Reply
  • sumliennie

    Два великих альбома у этой команды. The Colour of Spring тоже небезынтересен, да и остальное творчество любителям новой волны, думаю, будет интересно. Но Spirit of Eden и Laughing Stock потрясающие.

    9 Jan 5:32pm Reply
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