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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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  • 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
  • Edengeist

    Their new wave era is without a doubt excellent, but nothing even remotely touches the brilliance of Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. And I was mostly a new wave fan before discovering those two.

    14 May 11:54pm Reply
  • jamesusillxd

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

    22 Apr 11:12pm Reply
  • 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
  • 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
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