|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave post-rock 80s synth pop pop synthpop|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in 1981, this high quality UK band initially comprised Mark Hollis (4 January 1955, Tottenham, London, England; vocals), Lee Harris (b. 20 July 1962, England; drums), Paul Webb (b. 16 January 1962, England; bass) and Simon Brenner (keyboards). They were soon signed to EMI Records who were intent on moulding them into the same league as stablemates Duran Duran. In fact, they could not have been more different. They went along with their companys ideas for the first album, The Partys Over, which produced the memorable UK hit singles Today (number 14) and Talk Talk (number 23). Keen to shake off the New Romantic tag, Talk Talk dismissed their keyboard player to make them a looser, more flexible creative unit, with producer/co-writer Tim Friese-Greene becoming a de facto fourth member of the band for studio sessions.
For the next couple of years Hollis spent the time writing new material and...