imageTalk Talk were a synth-pop\new wave music group from London, England. They began as a quartet that consisted of lead singer\songwriter Mark Hollis, drummer Lee Harris, bass guitarist Paul Webb and keyboardist Simon Brenner.

In 1975, Mark formed a band called The Reaction and in 1977, they recorded a demo for Island Records. After only one single, they broke up.

Through his brother, Mark was introduced to Paul, Lee Harris and Simon. Talk Talk was formed in 1981 & signed to the EMI record label. They supported Duran Duran on their tour later that year.
imageIn February of 1982, Talk Talk released their debut single “Mirror Man” which didn’t appear to generate a lot of success.

In April of that same year, their self-titled follow-up single originally peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart, but it was re-released and fared better on the U.K. Singles chart, peaking at #23.

A remix of the song was moderately successful in the United States, peaking at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100, #63 on Billboard’s Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #26 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
imageIn July of 1982, Talk Talk released their debut album “The Party’s Over” which peaked at #132 on the Billboard 200 and #21 on the U.K. Albums chart. It was certified Silver by the BPI for sales of 6,000 copies and also reached the top ten in New Zealand.
imageThe third single from the album “Today” peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe fourth single from the album “Another Word” was released in Germany where it peaked at #25 on the music charts.
imageThe last single released from the album “My Foolish Friend” peaked at #57 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In October of 1982, Talk Talk supported Genesis at their reunion concert at the Milton Keynes Bowl in England.

In 1983, Simon Brenner left the group, making Talk Talk a trio. They later recruited Tim Friese-Greene to help record their second album. Tim became the de facto fourth member of the group although he didn’t play with the touring band and he was absent from Talk Talk’s publicity material.
imageIn January of 1984, Talk Talk released the lead single & title song from their second album “It’s My Life.”

The song became a hit for the group, peaking at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in May of 1984.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #46 on the U.K. Singles chart and also peaked at #7 in Italy. It was re-released in 1985, but peaked at #93 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 2003, No Doubt covered the song and their version peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
imageIn February of 1984, Talk Talk released their sophomore album “It’s My Life” which peaked at #35 on the U.K. Albums chart and #42 on the Billboard 200 chart.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Such a Shame” peaked at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. It also topped the charts in Switzerland.
imageThe last single from the album “Dum Dum Girl” peaked at a low #74 on the U.K. Singles chart.

By 1986, Talk Talk abandoned their synth-pop music style and switched to a more art-rock music style.
imageDuring that same year, they released their third album “The Colour of Spring” which peaked at #58 on the Billboard 200 chart and #8 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album was certified Gold by the BPI for sales of over 100,000 copies.
imageThe lead single from the album “Life’s What You Make It” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In the U.S., the song peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #26 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. The remixed version of the song peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club PLay Singles chart and #40 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Internationally, the song was successful in countries such as Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Living in Another World” peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart and reached the Top 40 in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.
imageThe third single from the album “Give it Up” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe last single released from the album “I Don’t Believe in You” peaked at #96 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageIn 1988, Talk Talk released their fourth album “Spirit of Eden” which peaked at #19 on the U.K. Albums chart.

Although the album was able to gain some cult status, it was commercially unsuccessful, had lack of promotion and panned by various critics.
imageThe only single released from the album was “I Believe in You” which only peaked at #85 on the U.K. Singles chart.

During the making of the album, Talk Talk’s manager Keith Aspden tried to get the group out of their record contract with EMI due to fears that there wouldn’t be enough money to make another album, but the label wanted to keep them on their roster.

After months of litigation, Talk Talk was able to get out of the contract, but they were sued by EMI, who claimed their “Spirit of Eden” album wasn’t “commercially satisfactory.” The case was later thrown out of court.
imageIn May of 1990, Talk Talk’s greatest hits compliation album “Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk” was released by EMI without the group’s supervision. The album managed to peak at #3 on the U.K. Albums chart.
imageIn March of 1991, EMI released Talk Talk’s remix album “History Revisited: The Remixes.”

Talk Talk didn’t have any part in making the album and they sued EMI for releasing their music without their permission. In 1992, they won their case and EMI agreed to withdraw & destroy any remaining copies of the album.
imageIn September of 1991, Talk Talk released their last album to date “Laughing Stock” on Verve Records which peaked at #26 on the U.K. Albums chart.

Prior to recording the album, Paul Webb left the group, reducing Talk Talk to only Mark Hollis and Lee Harris.

Although the album received favorable reviews from critics, the singles released from the album: “After the Flood,” “New Grass” and “Ascension Day” didn’t appear to make any music charts at all. In 1992, Talk Talk broke up.

While Mark Hollis focused on his family, Paul Webb rejoined Lee Harris & the two of them went on to form a band called .O.rang. Tim Friese-Greene began recording under the name “Heligoland.”

In 1998, Mark released his self-titled debut album, but later retired from the music business.

Paul also collaborated under the name “Rustin Man” with the lead singer of Portishead, Beth Gibbons and in 2002, he released an album “Out of Season.” Lee was featured on Bark Psychosis’ 2004 album “///Codename: Dustsucker.”

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