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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 00:04

    No, not the phone-and-broadband company and erstwhile Big Brother sponsor.

    They were a London based synthpop/New Wave combo of the 1980s who experienced far more success on the continent than back home....any one else a fan?

    Here's It's My Life

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 00:08

    I love "Life is what you make it"

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 00:39

    Oh, you beat me to it! Great group- must get their albums. Only have the 1990 best of. They started out as a synth pop group and evolved into a more thoughtful pop/ rock act before the acclaimed 1988 album Spirit Of Eden in which they were a jazz/ art-rock act - with big long songs about faith and religion and society. They went from being Duran-ish to a sort of proto-Radiohead.

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    Talk Talk
    Annoyingly- the first version of this vid is "not available in your country"- thankfully, most "retro" vids are unaffected by the YouTube "ban" at present. If a record company can't upload it, a public user can!
    Today
    It's My Life
    Such A Shame
    Life's What You Make It
    Living In Another World

    The art-rock closing period (Spirit Of Eden):

    I Believe In You
    Bassist Paul Webb left at this point (later turning up as Rustin' Man on an album with Portishead's Beth Gibbons)

    The final 1991 album Laughing Stock had no singles and was released on the jazz label Verve. EMI didn't know what to do with them and so dropped them, but not without releasing the successful Natural History compilation which finally made the awesome It's My Life the top 15 hit it should have been in the first place. They also released a remix album that hit the top 40 but was withdrawn after leader Mark Hollis sued them for making it without his permission and effectively "raping his work".

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 01:05

    Quote Originally Posted by jszmiles
    I love "Life is what you make it"
    Yeah, for years that's the only song of theirs I knew.

    I read a long article about them in Mojo once - interesting story.
    They need rappers like me
    So they can get on their fuckin' keyboards and make me the bad guy, Chun-Li

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 01:07

    Talk Talk (1982) : 3/10
    It's My Life (1984) : 5,5/10
    The Colour Of Spring (1986) : 7,5/10
    Spirit Of Eden (1988) : 10/10
    Laughing Stock (1991) : 9/10

    in my humble opinion

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 10:54

    "It's My Life" was an amazing song. I did buy the GH but found it disappointing.

    However, we are talking 1990 when I was 7 years old. I think I may well like it if I listened to it now!

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 13:21

    Talk Talk are legends. Very underrated band.
    Life's What You Make It is my fav.
    The original of It's My Life pisses all over the overrated Gwen cover.
    Let's have a second referendum

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 13:24

    I just love them for making It's My Life so that No Doubt could cover it and have one more hit.

    Heheh.

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 16:16

    You know, I'd forgotten all about that No Doubt cover...

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 16:43

    I found Life's What You Make It much better than IML. It has a lot more life in to it.

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 16:43

    I like "It's My Life" from them... ironically, I didn't discover it until No Doubt covered it

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    by Sat March 21st, 2009, 16:48

    Quote Originally Posted by FreakyFlyBry
    I like "It's My Life" from them... ironically, I didn't discover it until No Doubt covered it
    Congrats. Welcome to the majority.

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    by Tue February 14th, 2012, 05:53

    I love the remixed Talk Talk.

    The videos It's My Life and Talk Talk are 80s classics.

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    by Sat November 24th, 2018, 17:53

    The second version of the video



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_My ... _Talk_song)

    The second version, recorded at the behest of EMI, consisted of the entirety of the original video projected on a green screen behind Hollis on guitar and vocals as well as his two bandmates as they lip-synched and mimed the song, deliberately poorly and with comic exaggerated gestures.

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    by Sat November 24th, 2018, 18:43

    Apart from 'It's My Life', I also love 'Such a Shame' which flopped in the UK and the US but reached number 2 in Germany.


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    by Mon February 25th, 2019, 22:10

    I discovered Life's What You Make It back in 2002 as it was featured in GTA Vice City. It's My Life is my favourite and I discovered that after hearing the No Doubt version in White Chicks.

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    by Mon February 25th, 2019, 22:33

    Quote Originally Posted by Benny View Post
    RIP Mark Hollis!

    Reports are emerging that Mark Hollis, co-founder of the band Talk Talk, has died at the age of 64.


    Read more at https://www.nme.com/news/music/mark-...WsHrlU2TRRK.99



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    by Mon February 25th, 2019, 22:46

    Still no official statement from family/friends.

    Top trend in UK since around 7PM.

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    by Mon February 25th, 2019, 23:35

    This is so sad...he had a truly unique voice
    I made a short videomix of their stand-out singles

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    by Tue February 26th, 2019, 08:12

    Thanks for the video Ohanna!

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    by Sun March 3rd, 2019, 14:02

    Shouldn't this be in General Artists? Retro threads are for specific songs/albums.

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