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Isn't it strange that when Eighties music is brought up, nobody mentions TALK TALK?

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  1. Blazer

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    Talk Talk live during the "It's my life" tour in 1984.

    I don't understand why whenever the subject on New Wave bands is brought up, nobody mentions Talk Talk when they easily were on one par with contemporary bands such as The Cure, Joy Division/New Order and Depeche Mode.

    I always wondered why that was.
     
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    Their first album was along the lines of Duran Duran, but they became more experimental and atmospheric as they went along. I’m just starting to get into them.
     
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    I mention them a lot. They were/are one of my favourite 80s bands. Sure, the first couple of albums were them 'developing' their style. And they (like others) got lumped in with all the other 80s 'pop' outfits, but they were much, much more than that.

    Mark Hollis (RIP) was a very gifted songwriter.

    One of the few bands that I regret not getting to see live.

    The 1986 Montreux Jazz Festival show is on utube in full, I recommend it.

    This:
     
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    Mark Hollis was a genius. The piano solo in "Talk Talk" rivals some guitar solos... I absolutely love it.
     
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    My favorite song of theirs.
     
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    I would consider it stranger to be talking about 80s music in general to begin with :lol:
     
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    Why is that?
     
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    This is probably my favourite. On good headphones, with a relaxant of choice, this is simply wonderful.

    I love this quote from the first comment on this link: "This track is the one where i realised that Mark Hollis was a genius" - can't argue with that.

     
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    @Blazer what would be a good point of entry for someone who never listened to them? :cool:
     
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    @Engine Swap - I'd say that the Colour of Spring album is a good entry point.

    This is the album where they really hit their stride, and you can work back to the previous 2 albums to see where they came from, and go forward to the next couple to see where they took it.
     
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    Excellent band, still have all my CDs. Saw them live back in the day, amazing performance too.
     
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    i only really know their songs...its my life and talk talk
     
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    we played a few of their songs back when. awesome band. had them wedged in between Julian Lennon Prince and the Fixx on our bands wedding party play list. :)




    RIP Mark Hollis.
     
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    I'm 71 vintage, started listening to music/radio in 8th grade probably (1985), heard most of the bands you mention but never ever have I heard of a group called TALK TALK.
     
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    You didn’t have MTV?
     
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    I loved the way Mark Hollis would strain his voice on every song. He really pushed it. And so many of their videos were works of art. "Life's What You Make It" is my personal favourite. But "Dum Dum Girl" is a close second.



     
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    I saw them open , I believe for DEVO in 1982 or 83.
     
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    Probably because they veered away from pop music pretty early on; few bands of that era made such a radical shift.

    From this...



    ... to this...



    in only five years.
     
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    Brilliant live performance on UK 80s TV show 'The Tube':

     
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    Talk Talk is incredible.
     
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