Song of the Day, July 17: Talk Talk by Talk Talk

TalkTalkEponToday’s song is one of those rare tracks in which a band namechecks itself. Psychology student Mark Hollis leveraged his older brother’s connections in the music business to record a few tracks with his band, the Reaction. That group quickly disintegrated, but Hollis rebounded by forming Talk Talk. The group’s first album, The Party’s Over, is mostly unremarkable synth-pop that showcases Hollis’ extraordinary vocals. The exception is their eponymous first hit.

Talk Talk is a dark look at words that say nothing. Rising above the MTV pack, it features grit and emotion woven into its synth-based lines. Hollis gives a barely restrained performance that captures anger and frustration perfectly wedded to the musical setting. It’s a smart song that hinted at the amazing things Hollis would do as he broke away from the band’s initial trappings and pursued a maverick approach to pop over the next several years.

Enjoy this standout 80s dance hit today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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