Talk Talk

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British synth pop / art rock band founded in 1981 in London and disbanded in 1991.
The group had a string of international hit singles including Talk Talk, Today • It's So Serious, It's My Life, Such A Shame, Life's What You Make It and Living In Another World.
They moved away from synth-pop to a more experimental form with the album The Colour Of Spring in 1986, and their critical reputation increased.
Their final two albums, Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock, are highly acclaimed and remain influential to experimental alternative rock genres.

With Simon Brenner out, Tim Friese-Greene was recruited to assist with the recording of their second album It's My Life and he soon became the band's producer and de facto fourth member. He played keyboards and became Hollis' frequent songwriting partner, co-writing all the songs on The Colour Of Spring, Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock. Although a major contributor to the band's studio output, Tim Friese-Greene did not regularly play with the touring band, and was absent from the band's publicity material.
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Albums

DLP-19001 Talk Talk - Talk Talk album art Talk Talk Talk Talk(LP, MiniAlbum) EMI America DLP-19001 US 1982 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - The Party's Over album art Talk Talk The Party's Over (Album) EMI, EMI Mozambique 1982 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - It's My Life album art Talk Talk It's My Life (Album) EMI France 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring album art Talk Talk The Colour Of Spring (Album) EMI, EMI Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
CN 4787/S Talk Talk - In Concert-384 album art Talk Talk In Concert-384(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4787/S UK 1986 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden album art Talk Talk Spirit Of Eden (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock album art Talk Talk Laughing Stock (Album) Verve Records France 1991 Sell This Version
none Talk Talk - Mountains Of The Moon album art Talk Talk Mountains Of The Moon(CDr, Promo) Country Masters none UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - London 1986 album art Talk Talk London 1986 (Album) Pond Life Europe 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Talk Talk - Mirror Man album art Talk Talk Mirror Man (Single) EMI UK 1982 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Talk Talk album art トーク・トーク* = Talk Talk トーク・トーク* = Talk Talk - Talk Talk (Single, Maxi) EMI Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Today • It's So Serious album art Talk Talk Today • It's So Serious (Single) EMI South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - My Foolish Friend album art Talk Talk My Foolish Friend (Single, Maxi) EMI Australia & New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Another Word album art Talk Talk Another Word (Single, Maxi) EMI Electrola Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Such A Shame album art Talk Talk Such A Shame (Single, Maxi) EMI New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Tomorrow Started (Live) album art Talk Talk Tomorrow Started (Live) (Single) EMI, EMI Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - It's My Life album art Talk Talk It's My Life (Single, Maxi) EMI Spain 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Dum Dum Girl album art Talk Talk Dum Dum Girl (Single, Maxi) EMI UK 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Such A Shame / It's My Life album art Talk Talk Such A Shame / It's My Life (Single, Maxi) EMI Italy 1984 Sell This Version
3C 000-1792687 Talk Talk - It's My Life / Assaje album art Talk Talk / Lina Sastri - Tullio De Piscopo Talk Talk / Lina Sastri - Tullio De Piscopo - It's My Life / Assaje(7", Promo) EMI 3C 000-1792687 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
000 1792847 Talk Talk - Such A Shame / Correre In Fretta album art Talk Talk / Enzo Avitabile Talk Talk / Enzo Avitabile - Such A Shame / Correre In Fretta(7", Promo) EMI 000 1792847 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Election Day / Life's What You Make It album art Arcadia (3) / Talk Talk Arcadia (3) / Talk Talk - Election Day / Life's What You Make It EMI Italy 1985 Sell This Version
00 1792887 Talk Talk - Noi Ragazzi Di Oggi / Why Is It So Hard album art Luis Miguel / Talk Talk Luis Miguel / Talk Talk - Noi Ragazzi Di Oggi / Why Is It So Hard(7", Jukebox, Promo) EMI 00 1792887 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It album art Talk Talk Life's What You Make It (Single, Maxi) EMI New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
Talk Talk - I Don't Believe In You album art Talk Talk I Don't Believe In You (Single) Parlophone UK 1986 Sell This Version

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appazappa

appazappa

August 27, 2018
Talk Talk is one of the most progressive bands ever.
It is astonishing to hear how they were able to change their music with every of their only 5 releases.
alphagrade

alphagrade

August 8, 2018
edited 4 months ago
Such a unique band who've aged well all these years on and one of those rare bands that managed to evolve sonically when so many acts around them were playing it safe. From their analogue pop debut right through to the abstract sounds of their finale, each album is full of gems. A band who occupy the premier league in sonic innovation along with the likes of Sparks, Depeche Mode, Radiohead etc - post 70's acts who studied the art of music production. Everyone should own every Talk Talk album on vinyl.
Numanoid

Numanoid

June 16, 2018
edited 5 months ago
The early Talk Talk live shows (as witnessed on "Off The Record" and "Ahoy") reveals an unique powerful electronic tribal sound, not witnessed on the albums (maybe except "Hate"). Lee Harris is such an underrated drummer, he shines in the live settings, hammering those Simmons drums into submission!
maxal

maxal

April 12, 2018
Swinger - I don't know what you mean when you say, "Mark hollis, humanity didn't understand your art in the 80-ties". Talk Talk were very popular and highly appreciated.

I can't remember what year it was, towards Talk Talk's latter years, they'd had a few years of success and either Spirit of Eden or Laughing Stock had come out, so around the end of the Eighties: they were playing live as leading group at some prominent jazz festival. Pop crossing into jazz - 'serious music'. Funny that they should change their sound so drastically at the end of the eighties like that.

Talk Talk were very Eighties and then at the end of the Eighties Talk Talk ended. They were definitely appreciated by MANY. The Such a Shame video is beautiful (beautiful, hilarious and alive). A rare voice and great performers.
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 16, 2016
A really under-rated, lost treasure of the 1980s movement.
What began as an exotic New Wave band in the early 1980s evolved into one of the most emotionally-wrought, highly orchestrated groups pop has ever produced. Guided by Mark Hollis' voice and evocative songwriting skills, and the lush production of Tim Friese-Green, Talk Talk moved away from pop songs that hid something complex under a simple exterior to album-length compositions that touch the sublime. Hollis, whose voice wavers between deep suffering and absolute rapture, sings and whispers lyrics that float through the air with the fragility of burning parchment. Citing John Coltrane and Can as primary inspirations, Hollis' songwriting became more abstract, eschewing hooks for atmospheres and traditional structures for emotion. Their 1991 swan song Laughing Stock is an apotheosis of movement between sorrow and exaltation, quiescence and overwhelming instrumentation. With that, they said all they needed to say and fell forever silent, Hollis declared that he would never reform Talk Talk and to this day he has stuck to his word....such a shame ;(

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