Complete List Of Talk Talk Albums And Discography

Talk Talk Albums

Formed in 1981, Talk Talk emerged from the UK music scene, guided by the talents of Mark Hollis (vocals, guitar, piano), along with Lee Harris on drums and Paul Webb on bass. The band initially captured attention with their synth-pop sound, making a significant impact with their early works, The Party’s Over (1982) and It’s My Life (1984). These albums not only broke into the UK top 40 but also launched several international hits including “Talk Talk”, “Today”, “It’s My Life”, and “Such a Shame”.

Talk Talk’s artistic trajectory took a sophisticated turn with the release of The Colour of Spring in 1986, garnering critical acclaim across Europe and the UK, buoyed by standout singles like “Life’s What You Make It” and “Living in Another World”. The band’s evolution continued with Spirit of Eden in 1988, an album that diverged significantly from their earlier style. Embracing elements of jazz and free improvisation, Talk Talk ventured into what would later be recognized as post-rock, earning critical plaudits though it did not achieve commercial success.

The relationship between Talk Talk and their record label, EMI, grew strained, culminating in a series of lawsuits. Amidst this turmoil, Paul Webb left the group. The band subsequently signed with Polydor Records and released their final studio album, Laughing Stock, in 1991, before disbanding.

The band’s inaugural single, “Mirror Man,” was released by EMI in February 1982 but failed to make a significant impact. However, their follow-up single, a re-recording of “Talk Talk” from Hollis’s time with The Reaction, charted at No. 52 in the UK in April 1982. Their debut album, The Party’s Over, came out in July of that year and featured UK Top 40 hits such as “Today” and a reissued “Talk Talk.” These tracks found international success across various markets including Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, “Talk Talk” even made its way into the Top 75. The album, produced by Thurston—who was chosen specifically by Hollis for his work on David Bowie’s Heroes—achieved moderate success, reaching No. 21 in the UK and was later certified Silver by the BPI.

After the release of the non-LP hit single “My Foolish Friend” in 1983, produced by Roxy Music collaborator Rhett Davies, Brenner departed from the band. From this point, Talk Talk continued as a trio, with Tim Friese-Greene stepping in to assist with their second album, It’s My Life, and later becoming Hollis’s key songwriting partner and producer, though he never joined as an official member.

Between 1984 and 1986, Talk Talk saw considerable international success, particularly in continental Europe, North America, and New Zealand. The album It’s My Life produced significant hits like “Such a Shame” and “It’s My Life,” which charted in several countries. Despite their growing international profile, their success was more muted in the UK.

By 1986, with their release of The Colour of Spring, Talk Talk had abandoned their initial synthpop style. This album marked their most significant UK success, reaching the Top 10 and being certified Gold. The singles “Life’s What You Make It” and “Living in Another World” enjoyed international chart success.

The band’s shift to a more experimental sound was solidified with Spirit of Eden in 1988, an album marked by a blend of rock, jazz, classical, and ambient music. Despite critical acclaim, it did not achieve significant commercial success, but it cemented their legacy as pioneers of what would later be known as post-rock.

Relations with EMI deteriorated during this period, leading to a legal battle spearheaded by the band’s manager, Keith Aspden, which eventually resulted in their departure from the label. Following their separation from EMI, the label released the retrospective compilation Natural History in 1990, which was a commercial success and rekindled interest in the band.

Talk Talk’s final album, Laughing Stock, was released on Polydor’s Verve Records imprint in 1991, further exploring minimalist and experimental sounds. After the release of Laughing Stock, the band disbanded in 1991, with Hollis eventually retiring from the music industry after releasing his solo debut in 1998.

Following the band’s disbandment, Webb and Harris collaborated in the band .O.rang, while Friese-Greene recorded under the name Heligoland. Webb also worked with Portishead’s Beth Gibbons as Rustin Man.

Mark Hollis, the voice and visionary of the band, released a solo album in 1998 but then stepped away from the public eye, marking his retirement from the music industry. He passed away in 2019. Meanwhile, founding members Paul Webb and Lee Harris continued their musical journey, collaborating in various projects, while their longtime associate Tim Friese-Greene remained active in the music scene as a producer and musician.

Mark Hollis passed away on 25 February 2019, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and transformation in the music industry.


The Party’s Over

Released 1982

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Talk Talk” – 3:23
  2. “It’s So Serious” – 3:21
  3. “Today” – 3:30
  4. “The Party’s Over” – 6:12
  5. “Hate” – 3:58
  6. “Have You Heard the News?” – 5:07
  7. “Mirror Man” – 3:21
  8. “Another Word” – 3:14
  9. “Candy” – 4:41

It’s My Life

Released 1984

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Dum Dum Girl” – 3:51
  2. “Such a Shame” – 5:41
  3. “Renée” – 6:22
  4. “It’s My Life” – 3:53
  5. “Tomorrow Started” – 5:57
  6. “The Last Time” – 4:23
  7. “Call in the Night Boy” – 3:47
  8. “Does Caroline Know?” – 4:36
  9. “It’s You” – 4:41

The Colour of Spring

Released 1986

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Happiness Is Easy” – 6:30
  2. “I Don’t Believe in You” – 5:02
  3. “Life’s What You Make It” – 4:28
  4. “April 5th” – 5:51
  5. “Living in Another World” – 6:58
  6. “Give It Up” – 5:17
  7. “Chameleon Day” – 3:20
  8. “Time It’s Time” – 8:14

Spirit of Eden

Released 1988

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Rainbow” – 9:05
  2. “Eden” – 6:37
  3. “Desire” – 7:08
  4. “Inheritance” – 5:16
  5. “I Believe in You” – 6:24
  6. “Wealth” – 6:45

Laughing Stock

Released 1991

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Myrrhman” – 5:33
  2. “Ascension Day” – 6:00
  3. “After the Flood” – 9:39
  4. “Taphead” – 7:30
  5. “New Grass” – 9:40
  6. “Runeii” – 4:58

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