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Talk Talk

Talk Talk began their successful career in the new wave movement during the eighties as a quartet comprising of vocalist Mark Hollis, keyboardist Simon Brenner, drummer Lee Harris and bassist Paul Webb. Brenner, who departed in 1983 would soon be replaced by Tim Friese-Greene, who also acted as a producer and songwriter. They achieved considerable international success in 1984 with their second album It's My Life. In 1986, their minor classic The Colour of Spring was released abandoning the new wave style that had launched them. ...read more

Talk Talk began their successful career in the new wave movement during the eighties as a quartet comprising of vocalist Mark Hollis, keyboardist Simon Brenner, drummer Lee Harris and bassist Paul Webb. Brenner, who departed in 1983 would soon be replaced by Tim Friese-Greene, who also acted as a producer and songwriter. They achieved considerable international success in 1984 with their second album It's My Life. In 1986, their minor classic The Colour of Spring was released abandoning the new wave style that had launched them. This became their biggest studio album success in the UK, making the top 10, in part due to the Top 20 single "Life's What You Make It".

Their first of two seminal post-rock albums was 1988's Spirit of Eden, which involved the band in a tenuous relationship with their label, citing refusal for any promotion and unable to perform any of the material live. Later in 1991 their unheralded swan song Laughing Stock was released on jazz label Verve. Comprised mainly of session musicians, it further reflected a path into jazz tinged reflection pieces. Ignored upon its released, it has since set the tone for most of the post-rock that followed in the 1990s.

The group parted ways in 1992 following the release of Laughing Stock. Harris and Webb would rejoin to form a currently dormant post-rock band .O.rang, while Friese-Greene began recording under the name Heligoland. Hollis returned in 1998 with a self titled album baring similarities to Talk Talk's final two albums. « hide

Similar Bands: Tears for Fears, Bark Psychosis, Japan, Mark Hollis, .O.Rang

LPs
Laughing Stock
1991

4.4
682 Votes
Spirit of Eden
1988

4.3
425 Votes
The Colour of Spring
1986

3.9
182 Votes
It's My Life
1984

3.3
113 Votes
The Party's Over
1982

2.5
66 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Montreux 1986
2008

4.4
6 Votes
London 1986
1999

4.4
6 Votes
Compilations
The Essential
2003

Time It's Time
2003

Introducing...
2003

Remixed
2001

Missing Pieces
2001

4
3 Votes
Talk Talk, The Collection
2000

4
1 Votes
Asides Besides
1998

4.3
5 Votes
The Very Best of Talk Talk
1997

History Revisited
1991

Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk
1990

4.2
7 Votes

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