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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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  • 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
  • StokesAA

    Happy Birthday Mark Hollis :)

    4 Jan 10:51am Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • Prognoz_

    Oh, and I was talking about Laughing Stock

    14 Dec 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Laughing Stock is divine.

    7 Dec 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • renoodles

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

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Obzedat

    Imagine a reunion.

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
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