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* ''Mark Hollis'' (1998)[[note]]billed as a Mark Hollis solo album, but was originally made under the band name and is generally treated as the sixth Talk Talk album in all but name[[/note]]



* BookEnds: ''The Party's Over'' opens with the self-titled track "Talk Talk". Mark Hollis' 1998 solo album, generally treated as an epilogue to ''Laughing Stock'', is a SelfTitledAlbum.



* IAmTheBand: Mark Hollis became this around ''Laughing Stock'', despite Lee Harris being present on the album.

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* IAmTheBand: Mark Hollis became this around ''Laughing Stock'', despite Lee Harris being present on the album. Hollis' self-titled solo album years later was even planned to be released under the Talk Talk name at first.


[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Lee Haris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb (in 1984).]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Lee Haris, Harris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb (in 1984).]]


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[[caption-width-right:319: Talk Talk in the 1980s. From left to right: Lee Harris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb.]]

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left to right: Lee Harris, Haris, Mark Hollis, Paul Webb.Webb (in 1984).]]


* Mark Hollis - vocals, guitar, piano, organ; the chief songwriter and idea guy

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* Mark Hollis - vocals, guitar, piano, organ; [[IAmTheBand the chief songwriter and idea guyguy]]


Buoyed by the success, EMI granted Talk Talk a large budget and no schedule for recording the next album. The band proceeded to lock themselves in Wessex Sound Studios (a former church hall converted into a recording studio) for about a year, refusing to allow execs or their manager to visit, and recorded hours upon hours of improvised material with 12 additional musicians and the Chelmsford Cathedral choir, using incense, candles and occasionally complete darkness to "get in the mood", which Hollis and Friese-Greene would then painstakingly edit together. The result: ''Spirit of Eden'', whose 6 [[EpicRocking pretty long tracks]] showed the band moving into experimental, jazz- and ambient-influenced territory that helped, if not [[TropeMaker create]], at least [[TropeCodifier codify]] PostRock.

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Buoyed by the success, EMI granted Talk Talk a large budget and no schedule for recording the next album. The band proceeded to lock themselves in Wessex Sound Studios (a former church hall converted into a recording studio) for about a year, refusing to allow execs or their manager to visit, and recorded hours upon hours of improvised material with 12 additional musicians and the Chelmsford Cathedral choir, using incense, candles and occasionally complete darkness to "get in the mood", which Hollis and Friese-Greene would then painstakingly edit together. The result: ''Spirit of Eden'', ''Music/SpiritOfEden'', whose 6 [[EpicRocking pretty long tracks]] showed the band moving into experimental, jazz- and ambient-influenced territory that helped, if not [[TropeMaker create]], at least [[TropeCodifier codify]] PostRock.



* {{Beat}}: CD copies of ''Spirit of Eden'' feature 30 seconds of silence where the side switch on a vinyl or cassette tape would be.

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* {{Beat}}: CD copies of ''Spirit of Eden'' ''Music/SpiritOfEden'' feature 30 seconds of silence where the side switch on a vinyl or cassette tape would be.


* ''Spirit of Eden'' (1988)

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* ''Spirit of Eden'' ''Music/SpiritOfEden'' (1988)


** The band's first single was called "Mirror Man", their final album opens with "Myrrhman".

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** The band's first single was called "Mirror Man", their final album opens with "Myrrhman". Likewise, the title of "Runeii" on ''Music/LaughingStock'' harks back to "Renée" from ''It's My Life''.



* DoubleDoubleTitle: The first song on their first album, ''The Party's Over'', is called "Talk Talk".

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* DoubleDoubleTitle: The first song on their first album, ''The Party's Over'', is called "Talk Talk". By extension this also applies to the band name.


* NewWaveMusic: Their best known style among the mainstream consciousness. Among fans and more devoted music listeners though, it's their status as one of the founding bands of the PostRock genre that makes them stand out. The discrepancy is mainly down to post-rock having never been a very accessible (or well-known) genre from the get-go.



* NewWaveMusic: Their best known style among the mainstream consciousness. Among fans and more devoted music listeners though, it's their status as one of the founding bands of the PostRock genre that makes them stand out. The discrepancy is mainly down to post-rock having never been a very accessible (or well-known) genre from the get-go.

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* NewWaveMusic: Their best known style among the mainstream consciousness. Among fans and more devoted music listeners though, it's NotChristianRock: Biblical allusions feature heavily in their status as one of lyrics, from their first album all the founding bands of way to the PostRock genre that makes them stand out. The discrepancy is Mark Hollis solo record, but despite this the band are not an overtly religious band and mainly down to post-rock having never been a very accessible (or well-known) genre from the get-go.use Christocentric imagery for metaphorical purposes.


* PepTalkSong: "Life's What You Make It"

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* PepTalkSong: "Life's What You Make It"It" is about encouraging someone to forget the past and focus on the future.

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* PepTalkSong: "Life's What You Make It"


Crippled world''
I just can't bring myself to see it starting

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Crippled world''
world\\
I just can't bring myself to see it startingstarting''


Critical acclaim greeted the record while sales predictably decreased a bit, and some attempted ExecutiveMeddling from EMI making them release "I Believe in You" as a single led to a lawsuit that the band eventually won and had their contract dissolved. Webb left in the meantime, and the now-reduced-to-a-trio Talk Talk moved to Polydor Records. Their last album, ''Music/LaughingStock'', came out in 1991 on Polydor's famed jazz label, Verve. The recording sessions were even more demanding, the list of guest musicians was longer, the track lengths increased as well, the music moved in an even more minimalist, improvisational direction, the influence on PostRock was larger and the critical acclaim even larger. In short, ''Laughing Stock'' was ''Spirit of Eden'' turned UpToEleven.

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Critical acclaim greeted the record while sales predictably decreased a bit, and some attempted ExecutiveMeddling from EMI making them release "I Believe in You" as a single led to a lawsuit that the band eventually won and had their contract dissolved. Webb left in the meantime, and the now-reduced-to-a-trio Talk Talk moved to Polydor Records.Creator/PolydorRecords. Their last album, ''Music/LaughingStock'', came out in 1991 on Polydor's famed jazz label, Verve. The recording sessions were even more demanding, the list of guest musicians was longer, the track lengths increased as well, the music moved in an even more minimalist, improvisational direction, the influence on PostRock was larger and the critical acclaim even larger. In short, ''Laughing Stock'' was ''Spirit of Eden'' turned UpToEleven.


While Hollis from the start cited jazz musicians like Music/MilesDavis, Music/JohnColtrane, and classical artists like Bartók and Debussy and influences, the band's financial situation in their early years forced them to rely on synths and brought about predictable comparisons to [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] artists like Music/DuranDuran. Snapped up by EMI, the lads released their first album in 1982, ''The Party's Over.'' Produced by former Music/DavidBowie and Music/DuranDuran engineer Colin Thurston, the album showcased the SynthPop / [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] sound that attracted accusations of [[FollowTheLeader derivativeness]] but scraped the UK Top 40 with "Talk Talk" and "Today." In the ensuing tour, the band opened for Music/{{Genesis}} at a concert, forcing Hollis to spend most of the set avoiding whatever fans threw on stage.

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While Hollis from the start cited jazz musicians like Music/MilesDavis, Music/JohnColtrane, and classical artists like Bartók and Debussy and influences, the band's financial situation in their early years forced them to rely on synths and brought about predictable comparisons to [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] artists like Music/DuranDuran. Snapped up by EMI, Creator/{{EMI}}, the lads released their first album in 1982, ''The Party's Over.'' Produced by former Music/DavidBowie and Music/DuranDuran engineer Colin Thurston, the album showcased the SynthPop / [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] sound that attracted accusations of [[FollowTheLeader derivativeness]] but scraped the UK Top 40 with "Talk Talk" and "Today." In the ensuing tour, the band opened for Music/{{Genesis}} at a concert, forcing Hollis to spend most of the set avoiding whatever fans threw on stage.

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* DrugsAreBad: "I Believe in You" is an anti-heroin song:
-->''I've seen heroin for myself\\
On the street so young laying wasted\\
Enough ain't it enough\\
Crippled world''
I just can't bring myself to see it starting


Discography:
* ''The Party's Over'' (1982)
* ''It's My Life'' (1984)
* ''The Colour of Spring'' (1986)
* ''Spirit of Eden'' (1988)
* ''Music/LaughingStock'' (1991)

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!!Studio Discography:
* ''The Party's Over'' (1982)
(1982)
* ''It's My Life'' (1984)
(1984)
* ''The Colour of Spring'' (1986)
(1986)
* ''Spirit of Eden'' (1988)
(1988)
* ''Music/LaughingStock'' (1991) (1991)


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