Oh dear. We need to have a talk talk.
Mark Hollis, lead singer of early MTV darlings Talk Talk, has reportedly died. He was 64.
From The Guardian:
Talk Talk’s bassist Mark Webb, aka Rustin Man, paid tribute to Hollis on Instagram. “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis,” he wrote. “Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas.”
Talk Talk, of course, was part of that grand ’80s tradition of naming your band twice (Duran Duran, Mister Mister, The The, The Go-Gos, Lisa Lisa, Quando Quango – which had one letter off but STILL.. Wet Wet Wet…)
Their first hit was the song “Talk Talk” from the album Talk Talk. Yes… Talk Talk’s “Talk Talk” from Talk Talk. It was all very confusing… or utterly simplistic depending on your age… It still holds up, and the video is a masterpiece of early ’80s visual dada. Watch it below.
Their biggest hit, of course was “It’s my Life.” Written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene, it was the title track on the band’s second album and released as its first single in January 1984. It reached number 31 on the Billboard Top 100 chart (and #1 on the Dance chart). It was memorably remade by No Doubt in 2003 (and reached #10 on the charts). For my money though, the Talk Talk version is superior. More melancholy. More searching. Of course, that I was 17 when it came out means that I was probably more melancholy and searching, so therein lies my affinity. Anyway, watch that version below.
Rest in Power, ’80s icon Mark Hollis