one hit wonder? 

Hollis is most famous as the lead singer and primary songwriter of the band Talk Talk, and was praised for his “always remarkable voice.” He, along with Talk Talk’s producer Tim Friese-Greene, took the lead in evolving the band’s style from New Romantic into what later became known as post-rock.

Mark David Hollis
Born 4 January 1955 (age 63)
Origin Tottenham, London, England
Talk Talk
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(L-R) Hollis, Webb, Harris. 1988
Background information
Origin LondonEngland
Genres
Years active 1981–1991
Labels EMIPolydor
Associated acts .O.rangBark Psychosis
Past members Mark Hollis
Lee Harris
Paul Webb
Simon Brenner

Talk Talk were an English rock band formed in 1981, lead by Mark Hollis (vocals, guitar, piano), Lee Harris (drums), and Paul Webb (bass). The group achieved early chart success with the synth-pop singles “Talk Talk” (1982), “It’s My Life” and “Such a Shame” (both 1984) before moving towards more experimental music in the mid-1980s,[5]pioneering what became known as post-rock.[3] Talk Talk achieved widespread critical success, while selling records in Europe and the UK with the singles “Life’s What You Make It” (1985) and “Living in Another World” (1986), and in 1988 they released their fourth album Spirit of Eden, which was critically acclaimed yet commercially less successful.

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La Pandilla Shoreditch London

Friction with the band’s label, EMI, resulted in legal action and countersuing. Webb departed, and the band switched to Polydor for their final album, 1991’s Laughing Stock, but split soon afterwards. Singer Mark Hollis released one solo album in 1998 before retiring from the music industry. The band’s founding bass player and drummer, Paul Webb and Lee Harris, played in several bands together; long-term collaborator Tim Friese-Greenecontinued in the business as a musician and producer. Talk Talk saw a mild resurgence in popularity after the band No Doubt covered their highest charting US single, “It’s My Life” in 2003.

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