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Re: Talk Talk Thread

Post by Sledge Hammer » 03 Mar 2019, 13:39

Mallard No. 22 wrote:
02 Mar 2019, 06:40
Yes I never bought the albums, but I liked the best known hit singles. And they have had a longevity - you still hear them now.

The band always struck me as on the cusp of greater things.

Again, was it a case of the indifferent late 80s music scene being wrong for them?

Though they also had a litigious split from a record company at a critical time in their progress, which often does not help.

R.I.P. Mark Hollis.
They had just done a massive sell out tour in 1986 and released their biggest selling album "The Colour Of Spring", it was by choice that their mainstream success stalled as Hollis went the way of Spirit Of Eden and the final album Laughing stock (both massively praised to this day).

They never played live again, he could have stuck with the 1986 music style and carried on world tours and even more sales but he chose not to and was never heard from again, no interviews since 1998.

I would have loved more Colour Of Spring style music and live tours but I guess this is why the music was so special, not release after release...he had music to make and when he had, that was it, it was never about the money.
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Re: Talk Talk Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 09 Mar 2019, 06:51

Good points Sledge Hammer - I also think their music was at the wrong time in the later 80s.

The melodic, thoughtful songs would have fitted in better with e.g. the mid 90s-early 2000s.
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Re: Talk Talk Thread

Post by Sledge Hammer » 15 Mar 2019, 19:13

Mallard No. 22 wrote:
09 Mar 2019, 06:51
Good points Sledge Hammer - I also think their music was at the wrong time in the later 80s.

The melodic, thoughtful songs would have fitted in better with e.g. the mid 90s-early 2000s.
Yes and I thank Talk Talk leading me onto Blur and the indie scene as I bought the best of Talk Talk in 1990 (my first time I discovered them) and it led me away from mainstream pop (I bought Jive Bunny in 1989!)...
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Re: Talk Talk Thread

Post by Sledge Hammer » 15 Mar 2019, 19:19

AdvertBreak wrote:
04 Mar 2016, 00:48
I rewrote the entire Wiki page for Laughing Stock

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughing_Stock_(album" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

It was tiny, now it's not 8-)
Just read this back, great stuff, be nice if you did the same for The Colour Of Spring and Its My Life, too small!
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Re: Talk Talk Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 22 Mar 2019, 05:58

Sledge Hammer wrote:
15 Mar 2019, 19:13
Yes and I thank Talk Talk leading me onto Blur and the indie scene as I bought the best of Talk Talk in 1990 (my first time I discovered them) and it led me away from mainstream pop (I bought Jive Bunny in 1989!)...
A lot of people bought Jive Bunny in 1989, and their records got played to death on the radio, parties etc. :roll:

It is not surprising that something new came from somewhere - and the emergence of indie was part of that, taking a section of the audience.
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