Talk Talkwas an English band who was popular from 1981 to 1991. They were very well known for their synth pop and New Wave singles such as, Talk Talk, Today, Itís My Life, Such A Shame, Dum Dum Girl, Lifeís What You Make It, and Living In Another World. The group began as a quartet and the members were Mark Hollis (vocalist), Simon Brenner (keyboard player), Lee Harris (drummer), and Paul Webb (bass player). They were associated with bands such as Duran Duran. In 1982 the band released a self titled debut EP. The EP was expanded into a full length album and called, The Partyís Over. They released singles called, Talk Talk, and Today, and the singles hit the charts in the U.K. In 1983 Brenner left the group and was replaced unofficially by Tim Friese- Greene, who played the keyboard, producing, and writing songs with Hollis, for the group. The groupís single called, My Foolish Friend, was also released in 1983, just before Brenner left the band. Friese-Green worked with the group in the studio but rarely played live with them.
Talk Talk was a big success in Europe, in 1984 and 1985, with their album called, Itís My Life. Also a single called, Such A Shame was a major hit and reached number 1 in several countries, at about the same time the album was released. The band eventually left the New Wave style of music and began singing the more minor classic style. They released their next album in 1986 and it was called, The Colour of Spring. The album was their biggest studio album success of them all in the U. K. And also a big hit in Europe. From it came a single which was a Top 20 hit called, Lifeís What You Make It. Another big hit single from the album was, Living In Another World, which was a big hit in Europe. There next album took about a year to record and it was released in 1988, and named, Spirit of Eden, on the EMIís Parlophone label. The songs on the album were a mixture of rock, jazz, classical, and ambient styles. This album was not as popular as previous albums.
The band signed a 2 album contract with Polydor Records label. They then released the album, Laughing Stock, on Verve Records in 1991. Laughing Stock reached the Top 30 on the U. K. Album Chart. The album was considered to be post rock style by some critics. In 1990 they released a compilation album called, Natural History. The album reached number 3 on the U. K. Album Chart., and sold over 1 million copies. After the band released Laughing Stock, they split up and the members went their own way. The band released 5 albums during their time together.
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