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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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  • jamesusillxd

    These guys were doing Radiohead's jazzy/jammy 'art rock' thing back when Radiohead were just a grunge band!

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  • Fandango1984

    I wish they would regroup and write more music. I miss their talent.

    8 Apr 11:33pm Reply
  • hsn666

    Great band hope to further acquaint myself with their music.

    18 Mar 6:52pm Reply
  • Residentsfag

    @HaHaHaYoureDead хоть бы цитату поставил

    8 Mar 9:44pm Reply
  • semuschka

    скучной? Скорее всего, ты просто их не расслушал. )

    26 Feb 10:13pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    знаю много меломанов англоориентированных, которые за эту группу порвут любого, но что до меня, то я всегда считал эту группу дико скучной. к пост-року особого отношения не имеют, скорее к слоукору

    22 Feb 12:42pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Talk Talk

    22 Feb 11:44am Reply
  • Efflictim

    @Evilninja1337 Thanks! I'll check The Colour of Spring.

    12 Feb 8:08am Reply
  • Rod_S

    Colour Of Spring and It's My Life are both essential albums and not to be overlooked.

    10 Feb 9:24pm Reply
  • lebek7

    http://goldsoundz.pl/talk-talk-spirit-of-eden/

    10 Feb 12:30pm Reply
  • tcbp

    Everybody needs someone to live by. Eden, what a song

    31 Jan 1:45am Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    @Efflictim The Colour of Spring is kind of a midway point between their earlier stuff and Laughing Stock/Spirit of Eden. Regardless, I love that album (and I like Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock exponentially more than their early work as well).

    29 Jan 2:30pm Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    Spirit of Eden and It's My Life are two of the best albums I've ever heard.

    23 Jan 3:58am Reply
  • Efflictim

    The Colour Of Spring is as good as Laughing Stock or Spirit of Eden? I loved these albums and i want to listen more of Talk Talk, but i am afraid of listening to these other records and ruin the perfect image that i have of this band.

    19 Jan 7:35am Reply
  • c0rdell

    i remember i had Laughing Stock on my iPod when i was in middle school, but i'm still not familiar with this band. Trying to get into them again though.

    19 Jan 12:05am Reply
  • idioteque41

    Agreed, chopper777. This band only having six million plays is odd.

    16 Jan 10:05pm Reply
  • chopper777

    Spirit of Eden is quite possibly the best album ever made.

    16 Jan 12:48pm Reply
  • Illitoris

    L.E.G.E.N.D.

    7 Jan 7:59am Reply
  • activewaste

    A little fun trivia poll, fave song/tune of each album: 1) The Party's Over: The Party's Over, 2) It's My Life: Tomorrow Started or Renee, 3) The Colour of Spring: Time it's Time, 4) Spirit of Eden: Wealth, 5) Laughing Stock: After the Flood, 6) Mark Hollis: Inside Looking Out, 7) B-sides: For What it's Worth

    5 Jan 7:04am Reply
  • activewaste

    Saw "life's what you make it" on mtv in about 1996. Fell in love with band afterwards and actually love all parts of it, from the synth of the party's over to the experimental last albums. They ALL have some amazing melodies!! Have listened to them 10'000's of times, now it's about time to come on last.fm and scrobble them as much.

    5 Jan 6:19am Reply
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