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.