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What do you fellas think? I'm referring particularly to those two fine crinkle-cut chips, "spirit of eden" and "laughing stock".

, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

just off out on the lash, but i think SOE is total CLASSIC - but didn't like LS as much - ideas taken further becoming less effective.

like how instruments fade in before their bit,the voice, the intimacy, i believe in you is one of my alltime faves - remember Mark Goodier's interview with Catherine Wheel when they want to listen to 'Desire' and i go out and buy 'black metallic' coz i thought 'what great taste'.

i love the early singles too

geordie racer, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Genius, full stop. More cohesively: I enjoy _Laughing Stock_ more than _Spirit_, partially because I encountered the former first and have a greater familiarity with it, but also because I find it a very warm album in its playing and construction, one could call it. *thinks* For whatever reason it and _Kid A_ now seem to me to have a certain resemblance, almost as if _Laughing Stock_ was the pre-tech-obsessed equivalent. Hm...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic, no question. Particularly those last two albums. Soundscapes so detailed and luxurious (but still sparse) you can really get lost in that music. Come to think of it, Ned is definitely onto something with the comparison with Kid A, both treading the fine line between structure and texture and content. I remember Mouse On Mars stating in some interview that they hold Laughing Stock to be one of their biggest influences and I guess you can hear that at least up to (and especially on) their albums on Sonig, Instrumentals and Glam.

Janne Vanhanen, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Incidentally, Q magazine put "laughing stock" in the "like this? try these?" section of their review of the fairly delightful "amnesiac"

, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

myrrhperson@hotmail.com

Hey, if you hadn't made a faovrable comparison between them and fried potatoes, no need to ask what you thought, eh? ;)

Genius, full stop

Yeah, that sums it up nicely,

scott p., Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The Radiohead comparison is entirely fitting. I'd probably take it a couple steps further in saying that their careers have all but mirrored each other. (Mirror man? Hyuk hyuk.) Pablo Honey and The Bends being merely decent for their genre in the same manner as The Party's Over and It's My Life. Third album from each band stretched the boundaries by a somewhat-drastic degree, with the fourth and fifth taking things even further with the standard rock constructs being pushed more into the background. Both bands are thought of (at least in the US) as one-hit wonders. And then you have two lead singers with reputations as grumps...

So Talk Talk -- classic all the way. Laughing Stock is my personal favorite. Also love how other bands have picked up on them, from Bark Psychosis to some of Catherine Wheel's better moments. Ever hear the latter's "Thunderbird"? Completely lifts the drum pattern of "After the Flood," which means it's obviously one of the best things they've done. Then UNKLE sampled "New Grass" for the "Rabbit in the Headlights" single, which -- ta da -- brings us full circle due to Thom Yorke's vocal contribution to the same song.

Too bad Mark Hollis has decided to "retire". That solo record of his is brilliant.

Andy, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Is the "mark hollis" album much cop, babes?

, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

In all fairness, I'd say "the bends" is slightly nicer in its ...um, stuff than "ok computer" but baby, you gotta hear that "amnesiac". It is rather lurverly.

, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

DIdn't they have a song called life's what you Make it?

Mike Hanley, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Now that y'all bring up these comparisons and points, I'm glad to see I wasn't alone in thinking that connection existed! It just suddenly struck me as I was typing my original response -- probably helped that I listened to _Amnesiac_ last night (good album, but strange running order).

Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

SPIRIT OF EDEN is untouchably great.

alex in nyc, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic of course. I don't see the Radiohead connection quite as strongly as others; perhaps if the connection is mediated through Bark Psychosis?

I think my favourite Talk Talk album is "Spirit of Eden". "Laughing Stock" has greater highs ("Taphead", "New Grass" etc.) but it takes a while to get going and doesn't flow quite as well. "Spirit of Eden" on the other hand is stunning from the get-go - the trilogy never ceases to amaze me, and by the time the choirs on "I Believe In You" come on I feel like I'm floating in a sea of morphine.

However I feel it's necessary to state that the album prior to those two, "The Colour of Spring", is definitely necessary if you like "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing Stock". It's more pop-friendly and has a greater reliance on song structures, but the songs are mad fun and the ambition and attention to detail had already begun to manifest. Songs such as "April 5th" and "Chameleon Day" wouldn't be too out of place on "Spirit of Eden".

Tim, Friday, 1 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I like the live version of "Life's What You Make It" cuz it's got big fuck-off guitars in it unlike their other pussy shit!

tarden, Saturday, 2 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"It's My Life" sounds great on my K-Tel Star Collection album.

Patrick, Saturday, 2 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

what little i heard sounded like corey hart singing over a bunch of noodling hippies. what's the deal?

sundar subramanian, Saturday, 2 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I really like the fuck-off guitars during the beginning of "Ascension Day." In fact, those fuck-off guitars are some of my favorite fuck- off guitars recorded. They're just as fuck-off as anything made by Steve Albini.

Anyone else notice the way Hollis references other songs? "Does Caroline Know" ("Caroline, No"), Laughing Stock and "The Daily Planet" (Love), "Inside Looking Out" and "It's My Life" (Animals), "Mirror Man" (Beefheart)... I know there are more.

Andy, Saturday, 2 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

what little i heard sounded like corey hart singing over a bunch of noodling hippies

That's why they're so great. The Colour of Spring is one of my favorite records.

Otis Wheeler, Sunday, 3 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic. I listened to Spirit of Eden on the way into work today, and it still sounds as great as it ever did. The Radiohead comparisons make sense in terms of career arc, but I don't hear it musically.

Tim, I'm rather curious about the connection you see between Bark Psychosis and Radiohead. I'm a big BP fan but I've never really sensed their influence in Radiohead's stuff.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Monday, 4 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

For me, the R/Head (Kid A and Amnesiac) connection in heard in the odd time sigs/skew-whiff rhythms which are found on Spirit of Eden and LS. The Elbow album also has echoes of Talk Talk - again the rhythms and also the organ on some trax.

Dr. C, Monday, 4 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Richard - in the (admittedly more rudimentary) embracing of electronics, the feelings of paranoia, the tightly-structured non-structure as Jason Ankeny says in the AMG Review, the way that the songs seem to "say" something about the world without actually doing so, or at least doing so in such an abstract manner as to make little difference (Mark Hollis is much more on the social commentary tip, but the music doesn't *feel* like it). The instrumentalisation of dissonance in the service of order - compare say "National Anthem" to "Eyes And Smiles". Certainly I'd say all the similarities that Radiohead have to Talk Talk they also have to Bark Psychosis (who are clearly Talk Talk's more direct descendants), but with added similarities as well.

And, maybe just the fact that Bark Psychosis and Radiohead seem to still bear some allegiance to post-punk, which to my mind is totally non-existent in Talk Talk (in all three a matter of residual evidence of past incarnations).

Tim, Monday, 4 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

If you like Talk Talk, you all should check out O-rang--it's (I believe) a few of the guys from Talk Talk doing more instrumental/world/dubby/textural stuff. I only have one album, called Herd of Instinct, but it makes for an awesome listen. Weirdly enough, I got it from this teeny record store in Williamsburg that was trying to get rid of its promos--I saw that one, the name rang (no pun intended) a bell, and I yanked it. And I'm glad I did. Not too sure how readily available it is, though, but if you'd like a copy, I could burn it for you.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 5 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Ditto on O-rang. Even through the murk of my badly recorded tape it's still a fine album. There were rumours that Graham Sutton from Bark Psychosis was going to be working with them on a new album but I've no idea what came of them.

Re. Radiohead and Bark Psychosis. Yes, they do have elements in common, the paranoia being the most obvious one, but they seem to have taken them in different directions. Late-period Radiohead is much more claustrophobic than Bark Psychosis; there's an feeling of the whole world weighing down on you, and the music tries to encompass that world. Whereas BP's stuff has much more light and space about it and seems to contain an acknowledgement that there is a world outside that isn't touched by the paranoia and that it is escapable to. Even after Kid A and Amnesiac, I can't imagine Radiohead putting out anything like Hex (the song) with it's huge wall of static that abruptly gives way to the gentlest shimmer.

I suppose that what I'm arguing is that they do share elements, but these are more likely to be derived from a common root rather than BP acting as a mediator from Talk Talk to Radiohead.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Tuesday, 5 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I exchanged some emails with Graham Sutton a few months ago. He said he's been sporadically working on a solo record (in name, not Boymerang). Lee Harris is drumming on it, apparently -- right fucking on. Seems like he's pulling a Scott Walker by taking his sweet old time.

The O.Rang guys made this weird dice game called Go-Rang. It came with all sorts of tiny gadgets and some rather detailed instructions in the form of a dinky scroll. If anyone should happen to have BP's "Clawhammer" flexi or the release that has "Reserve Shot Gunman," I'd be more than happy to part with my extra Go-Rang.

Andy, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Mark Hollis' singing 'the wealth of love' in "Wealth" is the zaniest sound ever emitted from human mouth.

Dave, Tuesday, 19 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
if "laughing stock" has to be, it should be an instrumental album.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Saturday, 7 June 2003 12:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"has to be" = "cannot not exist". (what i'm saying is that i don't like the vocals.)

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Saturday, 7 June 2003 12:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

you like the vocals on the other talk talk albums?

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Saturday, 7 June 2003 16:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think the only other talk talk i know is "its my life", which i don't think i've heard in years so i'm not sure. but the vocals aren't doing the same kind of work on "life" that they are on LS.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Saturday, 7 June 2003 16:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the new bark psychosis album is done. it just needs a method of reaching peoples' ears at the moment, and i don't think parlophone is the way it's gonna happen. this could turn out to be the best album of 2003 that has no record label ...

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Saturday, 7 June 2003 17:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and i am pretty sure lee harris is drumming on it, as well as it featuring the old dude who played vibes on hex.

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Saturday, 7 June 2003 17:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

mitch, you probably wouldn't like any of the other talk talk albums then, either. I think hollis' vocals work exceptionally well, their texture fits with the music harmonically, and he doesn't bleat all over the arrangements the way, say, david sylvian might if given the same songs (I like sylvian, but I'm just using him as a comparison).

I have not actually listened to orang, which practically is talk talk w/out vocals...has anyone else? how does it measure up?

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Saturday, 7 June 2003 18:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Short answer on Orang = fantastic, wonderful. Not really Talk Talk without vocals, but I think of it this way -- you compare Mark H.'s solo album vs. the Orang albums and it's pretty easy to see who brought what from Laughing Stock. It's not an exact split by any means, but there's a general formalism/expansive organic flow division.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 7 June 2003 21:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the new bark psychosis album is done. it just needs a method of reaching peoples' ears at the moment, and i don't think parlophone is the way it's gonna happen. this could turn out to be the best album of 2003 that has no record label ...

and i am pretty sure lee harris is drumming on it, as well as it featuring the old dude who played vibes on hex.

How did you find out about this?

Evan (Evan), Sunday, 8 June 2003 04:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the new bark psychosis album is done. it just needs a method of reaching peoples' ears at the moment, and i don't think parlophone is the way it's gonna happen. this could turn out to be the best album of 2003 that has no record label ...

What kind of record deal are they looking for? (being serious here. feel free to email me)

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Sunday, 8 June 2003 08:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine that a hundred indie labels wouldn't be clamoring to put this out; rocketgirl I'm sure would, as would the music fellowship (yellow6's label), but I'm guessing that they're probably looking for someone who will give them some (well deserved) money.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Sunday, 8 June 2003 16:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Four finished-sounding songs have been on Soulseek for the past several months. Not a big break from the past -- similar drift to the tempos, big open spaces, whispered vox (male and female), etc. They're somewhere between the early singles and Hex in almost every aspect (including quality).

Andy K (Andy K), Sunday, 8 June 2003 20:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This is manifestly a Good Thing.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 8 June 2003 20:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The 03.06.03 entry on this page goes into detail about each song. Admittedly the post was written rather hastily.

Andy K (Andy K), Sunday, 8 June 2003 20:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jon Attwood (Yellow6) is co-owner of MakeMineMusic, not The Music Fellowship. two fine labels; different continents.

just to tie things together (and keep this post OT), Sutton contributed ("guitar") to both O.rang albums. he also provided a great Boymerang 12" remix of "p53" on Echo(UK)/Hit it!(US). i don't believe this track was ever anthologized on CD. hmm. a disc compiling all the Boymerang remixes would be such a nice thing. though i've hunted and collected them devotedly.

new Bark Psychosis. oh, glory!

summerslastsound, Monday, 9 June 2003 19:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, so about a year ago I heard "New Grass" on college radio & said "Oh boy this sounds like Sea & Cake, who is it?" and then when I found out I went to the hipster record store & listened to "Laughing Stock" but apart from that one song the album felt way way sparse and slow and uninteresting. So I didn't buy. Did I miss something?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 9 June 2003 20:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

no.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Monday, 9 June 2003 20:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(note: i will listen to it a second time before my opinion turns to concrete, but for now i'm enjoying being crabby.)

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Monday, 9 June 2003 20:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mitch don't make us get all dave matthews fan on your ass.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Monday, 9 June 2003 21:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What kind of record deal are they looking for? (being serious here. feel free to email me)

the bark psychosis album may be released through the web!

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Monday, 9 June 2003 21:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"(note: i will listen to it a second time before my opinion turns to concrete, but for now i'm enjoying being crabby.)"

Mitch you probably don't want to hear this but I reckon you should have started with Spirit of Eden instead - it's a more deliberately beautiful record so it makes it easier to get a handle of what Talk Talk are doing that is good.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 9 June 2003 23:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

JESUS, I enjoyed Spirit Of Eden more than I ever thought I would, but I'm SHOCKED there's so little discussion of Talk Talk by Talk Talk off of Talk Talk. That song is fucking genius.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 9 June 2003 23:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's EASILY the first song that comes to mind when I think of these guys. They're really mad in the video(s), and the drummer has a Mark Lindsay ponytail!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 9 June 2003 23:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Did I miss something?

Yes you did. This has nothing to do with the fact that I regard the Sea and Cake with at most a shrug, of course. *hides from Josh* (More seriously, Tim's advice to Mitch is sound, Jaymc -- and Anthony is right in that the early stuff is equally genius in a different world; heard "It's My Life" out at brunch yesterday and remembered again how great it is. However, there is no album actually called Talk Talk, that's a mistake from MST3K. ;-))

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 10 June 2003 01:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Late talk talk is definitely warm to me in every way

or at night (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 17:16 (one year ago) Permalink

I think there are aspects of the Blue Nile that are "cold," but the way they're subverted is one of their greatest pleasures. I think Colour of Spring can be a bit "cold" in the same way - it's very precise, it's very tightly arranged - but Hollis's voice (like Buchanan) is the opposite of cold. He's totally plaintive and raw, almost transparently human. Eden and Laughing Stock are too abstract and amorphous to be cold, anyway they're like living organisms, but in the strictest sense, the sounds (especially the drums) are all really natural in a way that sets them apart from their predecessors

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't feel late period Talk Talk as "cold" either, nor do I consider those albums to be background/"ambient" music... these are records that are designed for immersing oneself in and they work best when they're given ones full attention. It helps that those records are consistently engaging and everything on those records has a point to it - including the silences. There's nothing unnecessary there. Even on tracks with a lot of quiet passages, it feels like a lot is happening, which is a vibe I have never got from any Blue Nile record.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 18:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I would never describe those records as cold either. Often I'll play "New Grass" as a way to comedown at the end of nights partying with friends, and it's always a grounding moment - the warmth is sobering

Unchanging Window (Ross), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

What's up with the Montreaux thing? I've never heard of it before. Is it markedly different from the London 1986 and Talking Colours recordings?

or at night (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 20:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I know there was an official live at Montreaux video.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 20:19 (one year ago) Permalink

The videos for the "It's My Life" album are pretty great, too.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 20:25 (one year ago) Permalink

montreux video is great! hollis is a surprisingly emotive performer despite pretty much just standing there looking downward. seek: "does caroline know" into "it's you"

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 20:51 (one year ago) Permalink

in that friese greene interview posted yesterday (which was GREAT, thanks for it) he said montreux was the only live show he performed with TT.

or at night (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 20:59 (one year ago) Permalink

there's nothing wrong with half-listening to any music, you wont go to hell or anything...

brimstead, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 21:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Of course you won't, but some albums undoubtedly work better if you don't.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 22:01 (one year ago) Permalink

well most good albums, probably. or they work different. maybe it's more accurate to say laughing stock works worse as background

brimstead, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:58 (one year ago) Permalink

accurate is not the word i mean

brimstead, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:59 (one year ago) Permalink

meaningful, maybe. whatever, it's just the dumb bullshit in my head, anyway

brimstead, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Ambient definition via Eno is that it can work as both foreground and background, which is my standard.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 June 2017 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

was "at the same time" implied in that definition? i can't remember any of the eno stuff i've read over the years, i've sometimes viewed it in the context of volume and environment, like certain music becomes ambient in different contexts... i guess maybe that's more of a david toop thing?

brimstead, Thursday, 8 June 2017 01:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Eno: "Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting."

This might only hold true for "Laughing Stock," if it does at all.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 June 2017 01:59 (one year ago) Permalink

In the United States, a recording of an interview with Mark Hollis entitled Mark Hollis Talks About Laughing Stock was distributed on cassette.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARC2TU7VjI

RateYourMusic.com claims that the cassette release of "Mark Hollis Talks About Laughing Stock" features almost an hour's worth of the genius talk-talking. After scrounging the internet, I have ended up with a third of that. I want to hear the other two-thirds as badly as you do.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 June 2017 02:15 (one year ago) Permalink

One could put Laughing Stock on and then "ignore" it, but if you're going to do that, you may as well listen to something else.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 8 June 2017 03:36 (one year ago) Permalink

That's silly.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 June 2017 03:43 (one year ago) Permalink

To ignore a record that depends on close listening to get the best out of it? Undoubtedly.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 8 June 2017 06:12 (one year ago) Permalink

The Colour of Spring might work as background music, but Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock less so.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 8 June 2017 06:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Who said anything about getting the best out of it? Obviously to get the "best" out of it you have to listen to it, you just basically said "why bother putting it on as background, might as well listen to something else." To which I say, well, that holds true for any piece of music. I have yet to hear more or less anything that doesn't benefit from a close, careful listen. That doesn't mean you can't listen to it without donning headphones and surgical gloves.

I actually think "The Colour of Spring" works least as background, since it's the most conventionally song-based/sounding/recorded. But yeah, I do agree it is also hurt least by being background.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 June 2017 11:57 (one year ago) Permalink

(Tbf, whenever I've listened to something like, say, "Laughing Stock" in the background, I usually forget it's on, and then when I notice I missed the whole thing I go back and start the album over again.)

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 June 2017 12:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I associate late period Talk Talk with my older brother, and specifically Not Getting It. I first heard Spirit of Eden one evening at his house in Chester, when he was out, played quietly on vinyl - something like Dec 1988. Even in that year of discovering things like Sylvian solo, Daydream Nation, AR Kane, Miss America, Cocteaus... it made no sense to me. Seemed formless and awkward. Fast forward 2.5 years and my brother is driving me and all my stuff back to Merseyside at the end of my (semi-disastrous) postgrad year in the East Midlands. By now I love Spirit. A college friend has taped a CD of Laughing Stock for me (I think Yrself Is Steam was on the other side). We listen to it in the car. Over the roar of A-road tarmac, it's barely audible and, again, seems to have nothing to hold on to. I can recall After The Flood's feedback solo fizzing through somewhere near Uttoxeter. Uncomfortable fidgeting in the driver's seat. I think Runeii is some kind of pinnacle of something. Or maybe it's the only example of that something.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 8 June 2017 13:09 (one year ago) Permalink

great post, Michael. for someone not getting it, you remember quite a lot of detail of listening to "laughing stock" in the car. i think listening to late talk talk in the car is like mutilating a mona lisa or something.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 8 June 2017 14:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I should say that I *now* think that about Runeii... I'm sure it barely made an impression as we merged onto the M6 that Monday morning in Oct '91 ;)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 8 June 2017 15:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Who said anything about getting the best out of it? Obviously to get the "best" out of it you have to listen to it, you just basically said "why bother putting it on as background, might as well listen to something else." To which I say, well, that holds true for any piece of music.

Mmhm...

Tbf, whenever I've listened to something like, say, "Laughing Stock" in the background, I usually forget it's on.

Well, yeah.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 8 June 2017 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

The Colour of Spring works best as a "background" album precisely because of it's more conventional nature. It's an easy album to latch onto without having to pay as much attention to it.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 8 June 2017 16:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Like hotel California

brimstead, Thursday, 8 June 2017 22:44 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

banger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noy2vThCkOI

plp will eat itself (NickB), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 19:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

uh oh there's a talk talk tribute act on the loose:

https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/music/talk-talk-tribute-laughing-stock/

damian green is people (NickB), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Just had the 'big three' on one after the other. Loud. Perfect music for the big thaw. Solo album next.

I can't decide if Hollis' silence is an absence or a gift: he'd clearly accessed some interior/anterior sacred space (I don't know if I even mean sacred- the word is terrifying and way too loaded. Maybe I mean numinous.) and it's not knowing whether to interpret the silence as positive or negative. Or at all.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 3 March 2018 15:41 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

spirit of eden a gray day driving to work made me cry today

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 14 May 2018 18:32 (three months ago) Permalink

good crosspost for unexpected emotion thread I guess

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 14 May 2018 18:32 (three months ago) Permalink

I think the chance of laughing stock making me cry must be a million times higher. Spirit of eden is more universal and less emotional in comparison, i find.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:29 (three months ago) Permalink

i don't listen to these records enough, every time i do i am floored tbh

marcos, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:30 (three months ago) Permalink

You are right. You shouldn't. Do not kill them by over-exposure!

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Where the fuck is Mark Hollis. Did he write music used in a commercial or something? Is he living off royalties on these Talk Talk albums? I want him back. I want his solo LP properly reissued. Satisfy my personal needs, Mark. Please.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:40 (three months ago) Permalink

colour of spring is the likeliest to make me cry, SoE and LS put me into a state of terrible epiphany where chills are more likely than tears

mark is done, i trust he is happy

cheese is the teacher, ham is the preacher (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 21:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Where the fuck is Mark Hollis. Did he write music used in a commercial or something? Is he living off royalties on these Talk Talk albums? I want him back. I want his solo LP properly reissued. Satisfy my personal needs, Mark. Please.

Article from a couple of months ago but not much (if any) new information:

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/j5be53/mark-hollis-talk-talk-retire-disappear-reunions

groovypanda, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:36 (three months ago) Permalink

I want the reunion tour, the LP in order, the t-shirt & slipmat.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:00 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm sure he makes ok money from royalties, that No Doubt cover of Its My Life is on the radio every five minutes still (or was the last time I listened to 'modern rock radio') and he doesn't strike me as someone who needs to live in luxury.

akm, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:45 (three months ago) Permalink

That noisey article led me to discover that Hollis played piano on UNKLE’s “Chaos”, which is a song I love and a pretty good, characteristic way to go out (if indeed that proves to be one of his final credits).

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Was playing Laughing Stock the other morning when my wife's visiting 70 year old stepdad came down for coffee. He poured himself a cup, sat down, perked his weak ears, tilted his head and said, boy, this sure is pretty.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

:)

marcos, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:40 (two months ago) Permalink

ears clearly are not that weak

Evan, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Love that

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink

nice

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:11 (two months ago) Permalink

It sure is

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Saturday, 19 May 2018 04:22 (two months ago) Permalink


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