Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Talk Talk" by Talk Talk

Song#:  1215
Date:  10/16/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  75
Weeks:  7
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This UK band issued a couple of minor singles when first signed to EMI, which included a version of this song, before launching their full-length self-titled album. The LP's first single, "Today," became their first success reaching #14. Then a remix version of this song that appeared on the album was reissued as the second single. This time around it hit #23 on the chart and then proceeded to become the song that introduced the band to the US. Although the single only made it a quarter of the way up the chart, it got the band's foot in the door and set them up for more success with their second album.

ReduxReview:  This is one of those odd songs that I kind of like but a few days from now if you ask me to hum a few bars, I will have totally forgotten the song. I'm not sure why. It just does not stick with me even after several spins. They shared a similar sound to their label mates Duran Duran (and shared a producer), but their brand of the new romantic sound just wasn't as catchy or memorable as Duran Duran's.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Prior to becoming Talk Talk, songwriter/vocalist Mark Hollis was in a group called The Reaction. They recorded the song "Talk Talk Talk Talk." The song title was shortened and Hollis once again recorded it with his new band of the same name.


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