Alan Wilder, Recoil (and formely Depeche Mode), will visit Copenhagen on November 10th to promote the screening of his concert film A Strange Hour in Budapest at Empire Bio. I am extremely honoured to have been given the opportunity to interview Alan about his involvement in the recently released "Spirit of Talk Talk" tribute album. See you at København Hovedbibliotek (Copenhagen's Main Library) at 16:00.
You can find details here
If you have a question you would like me to ask Alan please sned me an e-mail. I will make sure that the interview wil be available here in one form or another. Hope to see some of you there! :-)
The Spirit of Talk Talk Book is now finally available to pre-order, after 2 years hard work...
The story of Talk Talk, written by Chris Roberts Unique and previously unseen photographs of the band taken over their career. Previously unseen artworks by Talk Talk designer James Marsh. Over 100 tributes and contributions from artists including Guy Garvey, Robert Plant, Richard Wright and Sir Peter Blake The last interview with Talk Talk's Mark Hollis, unedited and unexpurgated The book is available in two beautiful editions. Discover them now at http://spiritoftalktalk.com/
A new book on Talk Talk by James Marsh, Chris Roberts and Toby Benjamin will soon see the light of day.
It is an art book of all of James's wonderful covers, as well as a look at Talk Talk's influence and will contain 75 written contributions from bands/label owners/DJs that have been inspired by Talk Talk, including Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, BBC Radio 6 hosts Mark Radcliffe and Gideon Coe, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Karl Hyde (Underworld), Jimi Goodwin (Doves), Steve Beckett (founder of Warp Records), Alan Wilder (formerly of Depeche Mode) and artist Sir Peter Blake who made the legendary cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.
There will be interviews with Talk Talk musicians: John Turnbull, David Rhodes, Ian Curnow, Martin Ditcham, Phil Reis and the Colour of Spring engineer Dennis Weinreich.
Finally it will include unseen photos of the band from 3 sessions from Richard Haughton and sketches of James Marsh's cover concepts and hand written lyrics from Mark Hollis.
Honestly, I cannot wait to get my hands on it. There will be further news about the books details to come. Watch this space for more information.
More info on the exclusive Tim Friese-Greene gig in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 20th, 2011:
The intimate concert (max. 50 persons) will take place at Lillely in Brondby Strand, Copenhagen - a tiny venue driven by non commercial music enthusiasts in a private mansion. Lillely has previously held intimate concerts with acts suchs as The Fall and Pere Ubu. Tim Friese-Greene and his son Jake will play 2 sets of 40 minutes. The tickets are DKK 600,00 and will also include free bar plus a limited (50 numbered copies only) 7" vinyl single made for the occasion with 2 previously unreleased Tim Friese-Greene tracks.
For tickets and further info please contact Lars Kjelfred Sterregård at email@example.com.
Tim Friese-Greene will perform an exclusive concert in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 20th, 2011. More details will follow very soon.
Please note the new email-adress if you would like to contact this website: henrik.aakjaer[at]gmail[dot]com.
This very day marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Mark Hollis's solo album as well as the launch of this website, Within Without. :-)
I know the frequency of updates has decreased over the last years but obviously there hasn't been many news to report. Paul and Lee are still working on a new album as they have been doing for three years now but they seem to really have made progress. Sixteen tracks have been recorded and according to a source close to the band it sounds "very very good" :-) I hope I will have more to report in the near future.
And by the way ... Happy New Year :-)
Another update? What's happening?!?
From reliable source it's rumoured that Lee & Paul are currently recording an album together. I can't say more at present but I am sure we will touch this subject again at some point in the future. :-)
Hi all. It's been a while since the last update, a little more than two years to be precise. You probably never expected this site to be updated again but here goes -
After The Flood will appear in the German movie Ein Freund von mir (A Friend Of Mine) to premiere in the German cinemas on October 26th. I know because I helped the people behind the movie in the right direction when they were to clear the rights to use the song in the film. :-) I will try to find out some more about the details and let you know.
Apart from that there are not many Talk Talk related news these days. I know that Tim Friese-Greene relased another Heligoland album recently but I haven't heard it. If any of you have I would love to hear your opinion.
On a different note - I went to see Radiohead's first gig in two and a half year in Copenhagen last month and it was absolutely fantastic - one of the best concert I have ever been to!
I promise it won't take two years before I update again!
I've just started a major overhaul of the site which means that the Discographies and the sound clips in the Sound Gallery are now available again. Links will be updated soon :-)
Just a quickie ...
It looks like something's finally happening and that our patience will be rewarded. A reliable source has told me that EMI will be releasing a DVD with 14 Talk Talk promotion videos including "Give It Up" live from Hammersmith Odeon 1986.
A kind person (thanks, Theresa) made me aware of the fact that the band Blue Mar Ten has been using Mark Hollis voice samples on their track called "Home Videos". You can hear the track here. If anyone knows more about this please enlighten me!
The past year was great year. Lee and Paul toured Europe and America with Beth Gibbons and I was lucky to catch them twice - in Copenhagen in February and later at the Roskilde Festival in June. Both the gigs were really great - especially the second one where the band played really well together. However, the best gig I attended last year was Sigur Ros in Roskilde later the very same night. It was a fantastic experience almost like attending a mass. If you don't know Sigur Ros go and check them out. I would not try to describe their music but they are definitely up there in the same league as Talk Talk! Lee had seen them earlier on the tour and he liked them very much too.
In 2003 I also attended gigs with Paul McCartney and Rolling Stones. Macca was fab - it was like entering a big lovely Beatles museum - and Stones were crap - at least in my humble opinion.
If you haven't noticed yet Lee described his 2003 in the .O. corner - it's really worth reading - check it out!
I know I have some things to catch up with regarding the web site and I would really like to do a major update soon. There is material to be added, links to be fixed and sound clips to re-emerge. Sorry for the lack of activity but 2003 was a really busy year for me.
Finally, a Happy New Year to every one of you and the best wishes for 2004 to you all!!!!!!
And by the way - Happy Birthday to Mark Hollis who turns 49 today.
No - Talk Talk have not reformed - it's (from left) Paul Webb, myself and Lee Harris after the Beth Gibbons gig in Copenhagen, February 2003 :-)
I'm happy to announce the dates of the American leg of the "Out of Season" tour with Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man.
8 Oct Philadelphia - Theatre Of Living Arts
10 & 11 Oct - Brooklyn - St. Ann's Warehouse
13 Oct Boston - The Roxy
15 Oct Chicago - Metro
17 Oct St. Paul - Fitzgerald Theatre
19 Oct Denver - Ogden Theatre
22 Oct Seattle - Experience Music Project
24 Oct San Francisco - Warfield Theatre
26 Oct Los Angeles - The Palace/The Avalon
30th October TIM Festival Rio De Janeiro
Hi everybody! It's been quite a while since the last update. Thanks to those expressing concerns about my state of health - I'm alright - thank you. The reasons for the lack updates are many and include: I do a lot of work related travelling and I often spend days away from home - when I'm finally home my family demands my attention. I've been moving house recently which meant CHAOS. I've been switching internet service provider which meant even more chaos - a month off-line and several thousand spam messages when I finally got back on-line. But most important reason - There haven't been any Talk Talk related news ready to go "official" recently.
Are there any news at all? Yes EMI will definitely release yet another compilation "Introducing Talk Talk" in July. Furthermore it is considered to release a single box set, promo videos on DVD and concerts on DVD. This doesn't mean that these things will happen but they could happen. I will of course share the information on these pages as soon things should become official (this means you don't have to e-mail me and ask).
Lee and Paul are touring with Beth Gibbons at the moment. Dates include:
6 June: St Brieuc, Brittany, France, 20 June: Hurricane, Schoessel, Germany, 21 June: Southside, Neuhausen, Germany, 22 June: Frankfurt Alte Oper, 27 June: Roskilde, Denmark, 28 June: Evreux, France, 29 June: Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, 3 July: Duisburg, Germany, 5 July: Quart, Kristiansand, Norway, 12 July: Witness, Eire, 25 July: Nice Jazz, France, 26 July: Paleo, Switzerland, 3 August: Dranouter, Brussels, Belgium, 8 August: Benacassim, Valencia, Spain, 10 August: Sudoeste, Portugal. In September/October there will possibly be some dates in the USA.
Just a quickie. Kevin McCormick - old friend of Within Without - will do a mini-tour of the West Coast in the U.S. this week (California and Oregon). Read the details here or check out New Grass to read more about Kevin's Talk Talk influence.
The Beth Gibbons gig was absolutely fantastic. Seven highly skilled musicians gave us an evening not soon to be forgotten. The air was thick of emotions. It's really a totally different experience to listen to the album again after that. Those of you who are going to see the band on the remaining part of the tour definitely has something to look forward to. Beth, if you should read this - stick to this band :-) This is in my humble opinion better than anything you've ever done with Portishead and this should be considered as a big compliment. Thank you!!! If I had another chance to catch you on this tour I'd do it right away.
They played the 10 songs from the album plus - surprisingly - a fine cover of Velvet Undeground's "Candy Says". After the show I had a chat (and a drink) with Lee and Paul who are touring with a band for the first time since Talk Talk in 1986. Paul told me that tonight (on the fourth night) he could finally enter the stage without shaking. When the tour is over Lee will fly off to Norway to play the drums on the fortcoming album from Midnight Choir. The album will be produced by Chris Eckman (Walkabouts) and engineered by Phill Brown.
January 26, 2002
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the release of the last album of Mark Hollis and this website also turns 5 today. The public interest for my website has outgrown my even wildest expectations and it has shown that 12 years after the last Talk Talk album the power of the music remains unweakened. The website has got me in contact with a huge lot of people who share the enthusiasm for the music of Mark, Talk Talk and .O.rang and this has been a fantastic experience. But it has also been very time consuming to run the website. For periods my family and my professional life have taken almost all of my time and updates have occurred infrequently. I plan to continue to run the website in this way for the next 5 years but I WILL continue- ;-) - If anyone would lend me a hand to finish off the discography please drop me a line.
The last 5 years saw the release of all Talk Talk's B-sides and a live album. Let's hope that the next 5 years will finally give us the live DVD I know has been considered and a new .O.rang release. But right now we should be happy (if we live in Europe) that it will be possible to see Lee and Paul touring with Beth Gibbons. The tour starts next week and will continue throughout February. I'll be there myself next Sunday in Copenhagen and I really look forward to it. Read more at the .O.corner.
Talk Talk's "Life's What You Make It" appears in Rockstar Games' latest offering for Playstation 2: Grand Theft Auto - Vice City.
Talk Talk can be heard on FLASH FM - one of the seven radio station in Vice City. The soundtrack from the game is also released in a cd box which apart from Talk Talk will feature nostalgic music from the 80's including Hall & Oates, Electric Light Orchestra, Michael Jackson, The Outfield, Bryan Adams, Wang Chung, Go West, Lionel Richie, Laura Branigan, INXS, Yes, Herbie Hancock, Zapp & Roger, Davy Dmx, Mantronix, Man Parrish, Hashim, Cybotron, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, RUN DMC, Kurtis Blow, Whodini, The Pointer Sisters, Fat Larry's Band, Mtume, Teena Marie, Rick James, Evelyne "Champagne" King, Mary Jane Girls, Kool & The Gang, Whispers, Deodato, Cachao, Mongo Santamaria, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra, Mongo Santamaria, Unaesta, Lonnie Liston Smith, Irakere, Beny Moré, Deodato, Tito Puente, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tears For Fears, Kim Wilde, Blondie, A Flock Of Seagulls, The Human League, Nena, The Psychedelic Furs, Spandau Ballet, Thomas Dolby, Romeo Void, Corey Hart, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, Rockstar's Love Fist, Autograph, Twisted Sister, Ozzy Osbourne, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Tesla, David Lee Roth, Toto, Jan Hammer, John Waite, Cutting Crew, Foreigner, Mr. Mister, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Reo Speedwagon, Night Ranger, Luther Vandross and Kate Bush.
A new remix of "It's My Life" by Liquid People has been a summer 'smash' in Ibiza. Pete Tong has been playing it, and, has it as his 'bootleg of the summer' in MixMag. Talk Talk: It's My Life revisited by LiquidPeople will soon be released by Prolifica Records.
.O. Corner has been updated.
Exciting news @ the .O. corner. Another album soon to be released will feature Lee Harris.
The line-up for the forthcoming gigs in London and Paris
will be: Beth Gibbons (vocals), Paul Webb (guitars, piano, accordion, vocals
etc.), Adrian Utley - guitars,
Lee Harris - drums, Simon Edwards -
bass & Jason Hazeley - keyboards
Looking forward to the Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man gig in London next Wednesday. It will be Paul and Lee's first stage appearance together in sixteen years!
You can listen to the forthcoming album (released October 28th) by clicking the button below or you can read about the making of the album at www.bethgibbons.com.
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man will play make two exclusive live perfomances this autumn:
LONDON: Sheperds Bush Emprire October 16th 2002
PARIS: Olympia November 11th 2002
More dates should follow in the beginning of 2003. Watch this space for details!
Another snippet of news: Tim Friese-Greene is writing the string arrangements for the new Midnight Choir album 'Before the Sun' which is being mixed in September. The album will be produced by Phill Brown and features Lee Harris on drums and percussion.
And BTW the .O. Corner has been updated!
Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man - the singer of Portishead and Paul Webb, formerly bass player of Talk Talk - will release the brand new album 'Out of Season' on October the 28th. The album is produced by Talk Talk engineer Phill Brown and will also feature Lee Harris. The release will be followed by a tour including UK and continental dates. More details will follow shortly. The album is released on Go Beat.
In Q magazine each month, in the credits section where
they list the people who work on the magazine, they put a question at the top of
the page and each person's answer next to their name. This month's
question is "What was the last album you bought?" and next to the editor's name,
Danny Eccleston, is the reply "Talk Talk - Laughing Stock". Great mag by the
Congratulations to Lee who's turning 40 today!!!!!!!!!!
Not many Talk Talk related news here I'm afraid. I went to a David Bowie concert last Friday. He gave an exclusive concert for only 5,000 people in a small town not far from where I live. It was absolute fantastic! To my surprise they played a lot (also the quiet instrumentals) from my favourite Bowie album 'Low'. They started out with "Weeping Wall" and "Warzawa" and later they also played "Subterranians". Gail Ann Dorsey is a fantastic bass player! Watch the pics here (click on the banner to the left).
....and .O. by the way - the .O. Corner has been updated!
.O. Corner has been updated!
Oh my, time flies! It's almost embarrassing to wish you all a happy new year but anyway there you go. Unfortunately there are still no news about the release of a live video. There has been another addition, Chamaeleon, to the New Grass section. Check it out!
A new act, Manual, has been added to New Grass. There are updates @ .O. corner as well.
First of all some fantastic news. Paul Webb, Beth Gibbons (of Portishead), Lee Harris and some of the best people involved in the making of the last Talk Talk albums are currently in the studio working on a project yet to be named. Does it sound to good to be true? Then visit the .O. corner where Lee will reveal more details.
Secondly, I apologize to the people who have sent me material for the lack of updates recently. I'll take care of it a.s.a.p.
Today is a sad day. Waking up this morning realizing that yesterday's horrifying events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania were really happening and not just nightmares. How can any human being plan, execute or support acts of such evil, ignorance and total lack of empathy causing so much pain to thousands and thousands innocent people? Thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their relatives. The world will never be the same again. Why ....?
I'm back after a long relaxing summer break ready to update again - I hope you've had a great summer as well.
In a list of the "100 greatest albums of all time" made by the well-respected British music magazine Mojo Spirit Of Eden was picked for the 87th place. Even though I think we could easily agree that it should be ranked higher and that Laughing Stock should be on the list as well it's still a tremendous honour. They gave the album the following remarks:
When Mark Hollis first played the tape of this album, his A&R man broke down in tears. Whether this was because it was so intensely beautiful, or because the album had taken 14 months, cost over £350,000 and bore no resemblance whatsoever to its commercially successful predecessor Colour Of Spring, we may never know.
What some dismissed at the time as free-form ramblings were in fact exquisitely precise movements of music. After the success of Colour Of Spring, Hollis sought a totally new way of working. Under the influence of Tim Friese-Greene, who had developed an interest in composers like Messiaen, Stockhausen and Cage, the new songs began to explore the outer limits of rock. Initially, Hollis's frail guitar lines were recorded alone, his own fascination with John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson to the fore. Then the tracks were overdubbed, montaged and 'sculpted' over many months until the final arrangements remained. Throughout the album Hollis's voice hovers wraith-like, singing of dark passions, desire and addiction.
Hollis himself credits Phill Brown, a veteran who'd worked under Eddie Kramer with creating much of the ambience. For his part Brown maintains it was the most intense experience of his life: "It was very, very psychedelic. We had candles and oil wheels, strobes going, sometimes just total darkness in the studio. You'd get totally disorientated, no daylight, no time frame. I lost a year of my life to that record, but what a record!"
On Mojo's website you can also read that two artists, namely Cliff Jones of Gay Dad and Sara McLachlan when asked the question "
One album for me blows all rock history away - Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk. It is truly phenomenal, up there with Mozart. A friend of mine came round to my house and said, "Look, we have got to listen to this." So we had a really serious listening experience with all the lights off and a candle in the middle of the room. Mark Hollis is a true musical genius.
Another band called MeMePleX PriMe has been added to the New Grass section. More updates will follow soon.
Another band, Dacianos from Ireland, has been added to the New Grass section. Check them out!
The Bunnymen gig last Wednesday was great. Ian McCulloch in his Adidas training suit and dark sunglasses looked as if he had just woken up in the tour bus only a few hours earlier which probably wasn't far from the truth. His great voice was treated with appropriate amounts of whisky and cigarettes during the entire concert. From where we stood we could se a girl coming out from backstage from time to time bringing him notes like "0-1 Scholes" and "0-2 Beckham" as England was playing an important soccer game at the same time. The music was really great - both the old and new material. After the gig we by accident ran in to Will Sergeant with whom we had a nice chat about the tour, guitar effects etc. Nice bloke!
Another very interesting artist - Flim - has been added to the New Grass section together with an album recommendation. Jason Ward (like myself) thinks that Bark Psychosis/Hex is a brilliant album. More will follow very soon.
"I like Echo and the Bunnymen a lot, I think they have that force which is good...", Mark Hollis said in an interview from 1982 which can be found elsewhere at this site. And though I am quite sure he wouldn't put it the same way today I really used to like the Bunnymen as well (and I still do). Tonight they play a gig in my city, Aarhus, and of course I'll be there so expect no updates tonight. In the meantime maybe you could have your say about the featured artists in New Grass in the Discussion Forum. If it's just half as good as the first time I saw the Bunnymen 15 years ago I'll be a very happy man tonight. Cheers!
Two more artists Visor and Dreamfield have made contributions to the New Grass section. What do you think of the featured artists in New Grass. Do you like them or do you not? Have your say in the Discussion Forum. And why don't you make a contribution to New Grass yourself praising that very special album which you treasure almost as much as your Talk Talk albums?
The new section "New Grass" (read below) has now been launched presenting the first two acts Gramophone and Kevin McCormick. Many more contributions will follow in a short while. Hope you'll enjoy the New Section. Read, listen, discuss and make a contribution to the new section.
Within the coming week a new section "New Grass" will be added to Within Without. The purpose of the section is to offer suggetions of great music to listen to now the Talk Talk/Hollis well has dried out. There is so much other great music containing the "spirit" out there waiting to be listened to and whose recommendations would be more interesting for you to check out than those from people who share your passion for the music of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis?
The new section will consist of two subsections. During the years Talk Talk/Hollis have been a source of inpiration for a lot of indeed VERYdifferent acts. The first subsection will be for artists inspired by Hollis/Talk Talk to tell in words how the music have influenced and inspired their music. So far four artists have agreed to participate and I expect more to follow soon. In return for participating I'll provide a link to the artist's website if any. Some of the artists will even have free music to download and enjoy. If you're an artist inspired by Talk Talk in on one way or the other (or perhaps you know one) and you want to contribute please drop me a line. This could be a chance to reach a wider audience. When I say you have to be inspired by Talk Talk I don't mean you have to sound like them. It's definitely not meant to be a Talk Talk sound-a-like competition.
The other subsection will be for Talk Talk "fans" (I really don't like that word) and music lovers in general to write a few (or many if you like) lines about an album or an artist not related to Talk Talk which really means something for you. If you want to contribute email me your name, age, location, favourite Talk Talk/Hollis album together with your contribution.
I look forward to hear from you and check out your recommendations!
The Eagle has landed! From this very day the "final" Talk Talk compilation Missing Pieces is in stock at the distributor Voiceprint where it can be mailordered worldwide (the album is not listed at their website but they have it!). As mentioned earlier it features the tracks from the extremely rare so-called Laughing Stock singles box as well as a piano piece written and performed by Mark Hollis (under the pseudonym John Cope) for an art installation AV1 and released in 1998 by Dave Allinson and Phill Brown on an album also named AV1. The complete tracklist for Missing Pieces is:
If you have the Laughing Stock album already there'll be four new tracks for you. Another take of After The Flood, two instrumentals Stump and 5.09 and Hollis's Piano piece. The album is a must if you want a complete collection but just don't expect to find any hidden gems on the album. Stump is OK and sounds a little bit like .O.rang. 5.09 sounds as it has been constructed from the huge amounts of recorded material in excess after the recording of Laughing Stock as well as some of the material actually used on the album. I once tried to analyse it and came to the following conclusions: The strange guitar-riff throughout the track (it starts at 0.50 mins) is the riff from New Grass played backwards! (try to sample it and play it backwards). The harmonica and background noise starting at 1.40 mins is taken from Taphead. The strange squeaking noise at 2.28 mins is taken from Myrrhman. The drums and harmonica starting at 2.50 mins is from Taphead. The noise from 3.17 to 4.30 mins is the sound of two saxophones played with the difference of half a note by Mark and Tim used also on After The Flood. The harmonica from 3.35 to 3.39 is taken from Ascension Day etc. Try listening yourself! Piano I just find plain boring - it just doesn't appeal to me.
Tim Friese-Greene's Heligoland website has re-emerged from the abyss with a huge face-lift so you can mailorder both the EP and the album again. There are also two exciting interviews on the site.
In an old article from the Independant Catherine Wheel's Rob Dickinson shares his views on Spirit Of Eden . More goodies to follow.
Smiling and Waving from Anja Garbarek with two tracks produced by Mark Hollis and Phill Brown should hit the streets March the 19th.
What do Rick Wright of Pink Floyd and Bernard Butler formerly of Suede have in common? They both have a Talk Talk album among their 10 all time favourite albums (and it's not even the same one).
On the Q4Music website Rick Wright gives the following comments on Colour Of Spring:
The simplicity of the songs and Mark Hollis's voice make this album just incredible. The first tune, Happiness Is Easy, says it all - nothing but a bass, a snare and a weird chord. That's Talk Talk all over, great songs and simplicity with a twist. Pink Floyd have never done anything that straightforward, except maybe Wish You Were Here, because I tend to put a lot of sound colour into the music. In some ways this type of stuff is much more brave, because there's absolutely nothing to hide behind. Why does it touch me? Hard to say, but it's got the feelgood factor, which all my favourite records have. I wouldn't choose anything that didn't make me feel happy.
Bernard Butler says about Spirit Of Eden :
I listened to this a lot when recording Friends & Lovers, not because I wanted to make a slow, depressing record, but for the textures. I love the fact it's Hammond organ and harmonium, not synthesizers, and some of the guitar playing is astonishing, like doors crashing open. That track Believe - wooooh! I don't even know what the guy looks like but I've got this vision of him in the vocal booth singing these amazing songs. It's so self-indulgent, and the minimalism is very inspiring. I've been guilty of chucking mud at a wall on a record, and sometimes you just need to sit down and listen to a drop of water and just get into that.
But check for yourself. Both of the gentlemen have a remarkably fine taste when it comes to music!
Did you know by the way that Mark Hollis several times has mentioned 60s group Love's Forever Changes as one of his favourites and that he at least on two occasions has used song titles from Love to name albums or tracks? Both Laughing Stock and The Daily Planet were originally songs by Love.
I've decided to give Within Without a big push forward again and I can assure you that there will be more very exciting things in the near future. Stay tuned, remember where you read it and stick to the original ;-)
Four months since the last update - time flies! The update frequence could be higher but I've been travelling a lot with my work lately (to Belgium) and will continue to do so for some time.
First of all I wish you all a happy 2001. As some of you may already know the next few months no less than two Talk Talk related relases will see the light. The first will be the fourth PondLife release Talk Talk - Missing Pieces (PLVP004) which should include the rare single tracks from Laughing Stock as well as the the Hollis composiotion Piano which was first featured on AV1 from Dave Allinson and Phill Brown in 1998. A must for collectors who couldn't get hold of the original Laughing Stock box set. The album will have James Marsh's "Dodo" on the cover. As usual the album can be ordered @ Voiceprint . According to Voiceprint it should be released within the next few months. Watch this space for further details.
The other TT related release this spring will be Anja Garbarek's Smiling and Waving (Virgin Records CD) which is set to be released in March. The album features two tracks (The Diver and The Gown) produced by Mark Hollis and Phill Brown. Again, watch this space for details.
That's all for now but there will definitely be more very interesting news in the near future so stay tuned. By the way - a few months back my ISP screwed up big time and my counter was set 18,000 hits back. If it wasn't for that we would soon turn 100,000 :-)
News again at the .O.corner.
The .O.corner has been updated in the news and archive
As some of you have already spotted the official Heligoland website can now be visited at www.heligoland.co.uk . I am not sure however whether the sale of the new album has already started. I know the webmaster quite well so I'll try to find out a.s.a.p.
The credits page has been updated with a more recent (and
horrifying) picture of myself.
It has been a fairly long time since my last update and I've missed you a lot. No - the site will definitely not close down. When you're used to wait patiently for years and years for music I guess you can cope with waiting a few months for an update. Well, here it is and I surely got a lot to tell you.
According to his former manager Mark Hollis has now "retired from active duty". After his solo album he did some production work together with Phill Brown for Anja Garbarek (daughter of fantastic Norwegian tenor sax player Jan Garbarek). As far as I know the partnership between Mark and Phill has now ended.
Lee is still working on the next .O.rang album which bear the working title 'Loudhailer No. 19'. In the meantime .O.rang are to be featured on a film sound track. The film is an internet film called 'Get a Life Harry' written by Simon Beaufoy (Full Monty). More news will follow soon at the .O. Corner.
Tim Friese-Greene has just finished his first solo album under the name Heligoland. The track list includes: 'Lost and Lethal', 'Shrug', 'Bluebird', 'Relapse', 'Shock Treatment', 'Isn't It Sad', 'Loaded Gun', 'Sick Baby You' and 'The Kiss-Off'. Watch this space for details on how to purchase the album.
Two old Talk Talk gigs 'Hammersmith' and 'Montreaux' will according to the people involved "definitely" be released on video. Again, watch this space for details.
It's said that EMI have released yet another rip-off Talk Talk compilation. It's barely worth mentioning but now it's done. You and I certainly don't care !!!
I'm sooo happy that the discussions on the Discussion
Forum have started being about music again. There's always room for a comments
recommending music which has the Spirit regardless of the genre.
And while we're at it ... I'd like to recommend two very different artists:
Kevin McCormick (who you might know as a regular visitor at the discussion forum
over the years) has re-released his brilliant debut album at
Records. Listen to it and buy the gem for only $12. The other artist I'd
like to recommend is German FLIM who plays electronic experimental jazz (you
might find a Hollis sample if you listen carefully). Download his music for free
here. And when you've listened to both the gentlemen have your say at the
discussion forum. Or discuss the music that you are listening to at the moment.
Personally I can't wait to the release of the new Radiohead album next month.
I've just returned from one week's holiday in the U.K. One day was spent in rural Essex where me and the family met up with the Harris's. I ended the day together with Lee in the local pubs where we had quite a few pints while discussing music, football and life in general.
Lee told me that the next .O.rang project is progressing slowly but steadily but is still quite far from completion. The basic structures for eight songs has been recorded.
The cryptic URLs of Within Without and .O.rang Corner have now been replaced by addresses which are a lot more easy to remember when you're away from your bookmarks (the old ones will still be working though). Within Within is now http://withinwithout.xrs.net and the .O. Corner is http://orang.xrs.net - it cannot be easier.
I've been travelling a lot with my new job lately and will do so this week also. There are quite a few mails in my inbox which I owe a reply. This will happen soon I promise.
At last I want to share a funny anecdote from the good old
Talk Talk days with you. As you probably know Hammond Guru Steve Winwood
contributed on a few tracks on Colour of Spring with his characteristic Hammond
sound. As Mr. Winwood didn't want to come to Talk Talk's studio the recordings
were done by Mark and Tim Friese-Greene at Winwood's private studio. Mark and
Tim had planned to take a picture of Steve Winwood's Hammond settings so that
they had the chance to recreate Winwood's 'secret' Hammond sound when they got
home. It wasn't nescessary to take a picture though as it turned out that all
settings gauges and drawbars on the Winwood Hammond were set to MAX. Try
it if you have a Hammond at home He He.
Lately I've had a few musical experiences that I want to share with you all though they've (almost) nothing to do with Talk Talk. Last week-end I went to see another great band from the 80s. The The were playing a small club in my city and it was absolutely great. Matt Johnson's new line-up is very powerful and I can really recommend the new album 'NakedSelf'. It's very stripped (no keyboards at all) and occasionally quite hard but it has great songs and it really grows on you. The tickets for the show were sold the first day on sale. Matt Johnson contributed with guitar, organ and artwork on .O.rang's first album and Paul Webb did some backing vocals on The The's 'Dusk' - so anyway.
If you are into the organic music of the last Talk Talk albums you simply have to check out Icelandic . A friend of mine brought home their latest album from Iceland and it's simply brilliant. I know very little about them but I think one of the singles from the album was single-of-the-week in NME or Melody Maker.Sigur Ros
Any comments on The The or Sigur-Ros (or what else you're listening to at the moment) are most welcome in the Discussion Forum.
By the way - the Links section has been updated
Here she comes
Silent in her sound
Here she comes
Fresh upon the ground
Come gentle spring
Come at winter's end
Gone is the pallor from a promise that's nature's gift
Waiting for the colour of spring
The Talk Talk live album from EMI which has been announced in the discussion forum recently is simply nothing more than a false rumour. EMI, U.K. know nothing about it and Lee cannot remember ever playing Happiness Is Easy on a Radio 1 session. Finally, no permissions have been given by Talk Talk to use the live material from neither Hammersmith nor Montreaux. Sorry to disappoint you.
The third release from PondLife will see the light in mid
April. A re-release of Mark Hollis' self titled album from 1998 will follow last
years Hammersmith live album and re-release of Laughing Stock.
PondLife is owned by Keith Aspden, former manager of Hollis and Talk Talk, who
has bought the rights to Laughing Stock and Mark Hollis from
Verve/Polydor. PondLife is distibuted worldwide by
Hi everybody. I'm still alive and kicking. Though it's been a long time since the last update I'm still receiving huge response and thank you for that. Talk Talk are definitely not forgotten and their music will be forever appreciated. I have still tons of material and ideas for the site and I'll keep up the work when time permits.
Here I have a rather controversial interview with Mark Hollis from 1986 for you (Thanks Erik T.). What do you think? Have your say at the discussion forum!
It's been rumoured that EMI will release a new Talk Talk live album but I haven't been able to confirm it. I'll keep you informed.
Finally I've been asked by a lot of people how many and which TT live concerts were filmed/videotaped. If you know of any apart from the Hammersmith gig from '86 please mail me the details and I'll try to make a complete list.
That was all for now. Best wishes -
I wish every visitor of Within Without or .O. Corner a
peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year whether you've mailed me, contributed to
the discussion forum or just surfed by. Thank you! Henrik.
I know there has been quite a long time between the updates here at Within Without. The main reason for this is that I've been extremely busy in my professional life (I've got myself a new job at CCI Europe). I still have tons of material waiting to be published and it'll happen as soon as I find the time. Another reason is that I've used the few hours of my spare time to maintain the .O. corner. Apologies to people who've written me without getting a reply. I simply cannot answer all the e-mails - but you're still very welcome to send them! I may get back to you some day !!!
The Discussion Forum has been down for the last week or so due to server problems. It's working again now but all the old messages has vanished. I hope I'm able to restore them later.
Finally, Kevin McCormick's Squall can be ordered on-line from Amazon.com. It's highly recommended from here !!!
Poppy Gonzalez of the London based trio Dreamfield has described what her all time favourite album Spirit of Eden means to her. Try to visit Dreamfiled's temporary website where you can hear a few tracks. You wont be disappointed I promise.
Kevin McCormick has finished the follow up to the brilliant With The Coming Of Evening. Squall is a fantastic album and will soon be available. The instrumentation is almost lke Spirit of Eden with an endless list of different instruments. Watch this section for further details.
Mark Hollis interview has emerged. More will follow. Thank you, Paul for
.O.rang Corner has been launched. Would you like to know how the
work on the forthcoming .O. release is progressing? Would you like to ask Lee
Harris questions about .O. or T.T? Would you like to buy the drumkit which
appeared on It's My Life, Colour Of Spring, Sprit Of Eden and London 1986? (no
An until now unpublished
interview with Mark Hollis has been added. Rachael Demadeo got the man
talking at the Britannia Hotel, Manchester on the 5th of May 1986. Only two days
later Talk Talk went to London and recorded their Hammersmith gig which was
released as London 1986 earlier this year. A huge thank you to Rachael.
Bed on my back
Dealt my hell
I've dealt my months of May
Bed on my back
Get parted ascension day
Farewell fare well
Mother numb to & devout to
Reckon luck sees us the same
Reckon love deals us the same
I know there's been quite a long time between the updates
lately but I've been extremely busy at work and with my kids etc. etc. I can
assure you all that Within Without will rise again. I have lots of exciting
material waiting to be published and a very special surprise beginning with .O.
will appear as well. Apologies to everybody who've sent me mail for the past
months. I'll get back to you all.
Here she comes
Silent in her sound
Here she comes
Fresh upon the ground
Come gentle spring
Come at winter's end
Gone is the pallor from a promise that's nature's gift
Waiting for the colour of spring
March 23, 1999
In the recent interview here at W.W Lee told us that HitIt! recordings in Chicago had 'gone under'. Well, this is definitely not the case and both Lee and Ken Waagner who runs HitIt! have asked me to correct the mistake. The best of it all is that both the brilliant .O. albums Herd Of Instinct and Fields And Waves are still in print. HitIt! can be reached at:
1617 North Hoyne
Chicago, IL 60647
tel: 773 227-9228
fax: 773 227-9268
Exciting things coming up for you in the future. Stay tuned!
Another Within Without exclusive - Lee Harris talks about Talk Talk and .O.rang
London 1986 has finally arrived. It's NOT the same gig as the KTS bootleg but the one which was shown on television many years ago. Some of the tracks appeared on various b-sides at the time. The sound is great, originally recorded by Tim Friese-Greene and recently mixed by Phill Brown and Mark Hollis.
The discographies has been updated to include this new release as well as the Spoor e.p. from .O.rang.
More goodies to follow!
I know it's been a while since my last update but ...
January the 29th my wife gave birth to our second child - the cutest little girl. She'll be named Caroline - but she doesn't know yet ;-)
Lots of people have asked me about the availability of London 1986. No matter where in the world you live it can be mailordered directly from the distributor Voiceprint.
If you've been visiting this site for a while you might remember Ordinary Psycho. You might even be one of the numerous people who ordered their free promo CD. They've finally released their selftitled debut CD which is highly recommendable. You can order the CD and read more about the band at their official website. I think there even may be free promos left.
I have several really exciting things coming up soon, though I'm a very busy man at the moment.
Happiness is Easy!
The Links section has been updated.
Thanks to all (more than 50) who replied about the Spoor e.p. and a huge thank to Tom who presented me with a copy!
Exciting things to come in the near future will include more interviews and a new poll.
Here's the press release concerning London 1986 (Thanks, David):
Release Date: 8 February 1999
Label: Pond Life
Catalogue No: PLVP001CD
May 1986: TALK TALK's eight strong touring line up reached the London Hammersmith Odeon after an extensive trip across Europe. It turned out to be their last London show. TALK TALK were at the peak of their commercial popularity, and their performance was as immaculate as only bands who have played together and know their material intimately can achieve.
By this point TALK TALK had released three albums: The Party's Over (1982), It's My Life (1984) and the extraordinary The Colour Of Spring in March 1986, which had provided the first recorded evidence of the major development in main man Mark Hollis' musical ambitions. TALK TALK were by now in a period of transition highlighted by the freedom and semi-acoustic tracks 'April 5th' and 'Chameleon Day' on The Colour of Spring, the most commercially successful album of their career. No longer content to work within the restrictive confines of mid-eighties pop, TALK TALK were about to embark upon a musical journey that would end, six years later, with the remarkable Laughing Stock.
There are many bands who have chosen at some point in their career to withdraw from the glare of the mainstream's spotlight, for whatever reason. But rarely have any done it with the wholehearted conviction and artistic integrity of TALK TALK. Although The Colour of Spring contained 'Life's What You Make It', 'Give It Up' and 'Living In Another World', it also contained indications of the direction that the band would later embark on. 1988's masterpiece Spirit Of Eden was then followed by their final album, 1991's wildly ambitious Laughing Stock, released on Polydor's specially reactivated jazz subsidiary Verve. These would be albums of such complexity that live gigs were unimaginable to Mark Hollis and his colleagues. No longer satisfied to stretch the parameters of contemporary pop Hollis, alongside producer and co-writer Tim Friese-Green, has spiraled off into the hinterland of the avant-garde with mind boggling results.
It was during their memorable transitional stage that LONDON 1986 was recorded. Drawing on material from It's My Life and The Colour of Spring, LONDON 1986 offers a document of eight wonderful songs that sound as emotive now as they did years ago. But in their treatment of the older material it also presents a wonderful insight into the way the band were developing their sound. TALK TALK offer a fluid and organic performance, Mark Hollis' enigmatic and distinctive voice as evocative as ever and the band filling out earlier songs such as 'Tomorrow Started' and 'It's My Life' with a warmth and depth that adds a whole new dimension. As an introduction to TALK TALK, LONDON 1986 is indispensable. Placing the band on the bridge between commercial acceptability and impassioned artistic endeavour, the album offers a superb starting point from which to explore the work of one of the 80's most important bands, and also an awesome opportunity for fans to indulge in new interpretations of classic material. The incredible critical response afforded to 1998's debut solo album by Mark Hollis was as much a testament to its fine music as to the high regard in which TALK TALK are now held. LONDON 1986 provides the perfect opportunity to discover how TALK TALK evolved into one of the most influential and highly regarded acts of the last twenty years.
Thanks to all who've mailed since Christmas. My mailbox is packed with exciting messages. Sorry I haven't had time to get back to you all. It'll happen soon.
I'm aware there are some problems with some of the RealAudio files, especially for people using Netscape browsers. I'm working to correct the problems. For MSIE users with RealPlayer G2 installed there should be no problems. By the way, If any of you know of free webspace please drop me a line. I NEED IT!
Mr. Hollis turns 44 today. Happy birthday!!!!
The title of the forthcoming Talk Talk live CD to be released in January 1999 has been changed from Hammersmith to London '86.
The discography has finally been updated to include the details of the Heligoland EP. In fact it's almost complete now! If anyone of you owns a copy of the Spoor EP from Orang I'd like to get in touch
I've lots of true goodies for you here. First of all Phill Brown explains in details how Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock and Mark Hollis were made from a technical point of view. Thank you, Phill. We're so grateful!
Secondly, you can hear the first featured artist in the new reconstructed Sound Gallery, Kevin McCormick. Listen to his moving song Uncovered and e-mail your comments to me.
Thirdly, you can hear an extremely rare recording with The Reaction from 1977. Talk Talk Talk Talk is a punk rock version of what later became Talk Talk's second single namely Talk Talk. The tracks appears on the compilation Streets from Beggars Banquet only. Actually I prefer this version to the later version. Thank you, Appe.
The Talk Talk discography has been updated and corrected which means that five covers has been added. A huge thank you to Erik from the Netherlands. Another review of Mark Hollis has been added.
The new reconstructed Sound Gallery will appear soon. It'll present wonderful music from Kevin McCormick who has been a regular contributor to the Discussion Forum over the months. It will also present an extremely rare recording with Mark Hollis but I won't tell you what it is yet. You'll just have to be patient for a little while ;-)
Keith has returned Mark's answers to all your questions and they were indeed very brief and strictly to the point - at least some of them. ;-) Watch the world's shortest interview here.
I've received the track list of Hammersmith to be released in January 1999. The live album will include Tomorrow Started, Life's What You Make It, Does Caroline Know?, Living In Another World, Give It Up, It's My Life, Such A Shame and Renée.
I've been in contact with a very helpful Phill Brown who's engineered every Talk Talk album since Colour Of Spring as well as Mark Hollis, Orang and almost every other major act in the last four decades including Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Roxy Music to name a few. He was also involved in the remastering of Talk Talk's EMI catalogue. If you have any technical questions please drop me a line!
The Reaction has been included in the discographies. Sorry, but still no sign of life from Keith Aspden.
Still working on the discographies. If any of you have the Reaction single and access to a scanner please drop me a line.
Mark Hollis has been added to the discographies.
The Talk Talk discography has been updated.
All Australians please look here: The chatroom gathering will take place 5 a.m. Monday morning and not Sunday morning as previously stated. I know it's damn early but it's difficult to satisfy three (or more?) continents at the same time.
I am very happy to present Brendan Jones's very detailed Talk Talk discography which hasn't been accessible since he closed his Australian 'Unofficial Talk Talk Homepage' in March this year. The discography is without doubt the most accurate Talk Talk discography ever compiled and it features scanned pictures of all the covers. Over the next days I'll update it and expand it to include the releases from Mark Hollis, Orang, The Reaction and Tim Friese-Greene. A huge thank you to Brendan for letting me use his material.
The next Within Without chatroom gathering will take place this coming Sunday the 18th of October, 1998 at 21:00 hours CET (Denmark and most countries in Western Europe) which means 8 p.m. in U.K., 3 p.m. in New York, 2 p.m. in Chicago, 12 midday in Los Angeles, 22:00 in Eastern Europe/Israel and 5 a.m. (Monday morning) in Sydney. Hope to meet you there!
I've plans to expand my Sound Gallery to feature music by artists inspired by Talk Talk/Mark Hollis. If you're a musician or composer and have recorded music inspired by TT/MH please drop me an e-mail. It's my hope to be able to present excellent music which would otherwise never reach a wider audience. I mean which major record company would have the guts to sign Talk Talk if the first release was going to be Spirit Of Eden or Laughing Stock.
The last news of the Talk Talk live album: It's simply called "Hammersmith" and will be released in January 1999. According to Keith Aspden it's not the same gig as the bootleg.
Still waiting for Keith to send me the answers from Mark Hollis. I think we just have to be patient.
I faxed your questions to Mark Hollis a few weeks ago and
according to his manager Mark has already answered them. The answers should be
brief and strictly to the point but who would have expected otherwise. I am very
thankful and happy that Mark bothered answering the questions at all. Expect the
(so called) interview any day.
The Talk Talk live album will be released early next year and it will be distributed through Voiceprint. Watch this space for further details.
Hollis does in fact appear on one track Chaos on
the UNKLE album Psyence Fiction. He didn't want to be credited though
because he wasn't happy with the final mix.
First some excellent news. According to manager Keith Aspden, Mark Hollis has just finished the mixing of a Talk Talk live concert from 1986 from Hammersmith Odeon, London. They're currently looking for a company to release it. May it happen soon.
An interview with
Mark Hollis from 1988 and an interview with
Lee Harris and Paul Webb from 1994 has been added.
A translation of a
German interview with Mark Hollis has been added. More interviews will
appear in the near future.
If you happened to be around Edinburgh, Scotland last weekend you had the chance to experience the Audio/Visual Installations from Phill Brown and Dave Allinson. Sorry for reporting this after the event but my internet connection was down last week when I realized the event was taking place. This isn't just a bad excuse. ;-)
Two Australian reviews of Mark Hollis has been added in the review section.
The German interview has been translated and will appear
very soon (thanks, Stefan).
The next Within Without chatroom gathering will take place this coming Wednesday the 12th of August, 1998 at 21:00 hours CET (Denmark and most countries in Western Europe ) which means 8 p.m. in U.K., 3 p.m. in New York, 2 p.m. in Chicago, 12 midday in Los Angeles, 22:00 in Eastern Europe/Israel and 5 a.m. (Sunday morning) in Sydney. Hope to meet you there!
I'm looking for somebody to translate an excting
interview with Mark Hollis from German to English. So if there are any
of you out there who masters both languages and would like to make a translation
please drop me a line
interview with Mark Hollis has been added.
According to the management of Tim Friese-Greene he is currently working on a new album to follow the Heligoland EP. The album is going to be released at some time in 1999. There are still copies left of the Heligoland EP left at Sanctuary Music. Details on how to order the EP can be found elsewhere in this section.
I could still use a lot of intelligent questions for Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene. I'll forward the best questions to their managements respectively at the end of the summer.
The lyrics for It's My Life has been corrected. Now they appear (like all the other albums) exactly as they were penned by Hollis on the lyric sheet which came along with the Dum Dum Girl single.
Mark Hollis has been released domestically in Australia recently and is apparently selling quite well. It's even getting some airplay.
My house was burgled recently (SIGH) and approximately 150 CDs were stolen. Fortunately all my rarities were left untouched except for one. So if anybody know where to buy the live CD Damage from David Sylvian and Robert Fripp I'd like to know.
If you want to join the Within Without mailing list please send me your e-mail address. Please note that all of you who have sent me e-mails concerning Hollis/Talk Talk or left your e-mail address in the discussion forum are already included on the list.
Finally, please note that I've got a new e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org. The old one will work for some time yet.
interview from 1982 with Mark Hollis, Paul Webb and Simon Brenner has been
added. This time it's revealed that Mark used to like Echo & The Bunnymen and U2
at the time.
I've received lots of questions for Mark and Tim. Keep them coming!.
What have you always wanted to ask Mark Hollis about? Or Tim Friese-Greene for that matter? The reason I'm asking is that we've been in contact with the management of both and neither would exclude the possibility for an interview in one form or another. I want you to send me e-mails with questions and I'll pick the best but I won't promise anything yet! Remember to state whether the question's for Mark or Tim. (Thanks again, Paul)
It seems that Mark Hollis has made yet
another contribution to a CD to be released soon. This time it's for U.N.K.L.E.
which should be a project of James Lavelle and D.J. Shadow (Josh Davis).
Mark plays piano on one song and other contributors should include Thom Yorke
(Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and Mike D (Beastie Boys). The album's
called Psyence Fiction and is out on Mo'Wax/Polygram on August 24th.
The lyrics section has been completed with the lyrics for
Asides Besides. I'm quite sure there are some mistakes in the
lyrics for some of the songs on Asides Besides as well as some of the
songs on It's My Life. Any corrections or suggestions would be very
A very old
interview with Mark Hollis and Paul Webb from January 1982 has been added.
It's revealed that Mark used to like The Police at the time (so did I).
The AV1 CD from Dave Allinson and Phill Brown has finally arrived. It features a piece just called Piano which is 14:30 minutes long - written and perfromed by John Cope which is a pseudonym of Mark Hollis. The album is released on Resurgence in both England and the U.S. Additional information can be found at http://www.voiceprint.co.uk. You can hear an excerpt from Piano by John Cope in the Sound Gallery.
The chatroom gathering last saturday went very well. It was nice to chat to you all. I've been contacted by many who couldn't be there asking me to host another gathering. Those of you who are interested please send me an e-mail with your favourite day of the week and time (Central European Time) for another session.
The latest news on the "AV1" CD is that it's released under the names Brown and Allinson only - but with a 15 minutes piano piece of a certain John Cope (!). AV1 should be available by mail only at some time this week and it should be in the shops by late June/early July. Maybe it's already in the shops in the U.S.
I've been contacted by David Gulvin, BMG, U.K. who's currently promoting a band called Ordinary Psycho. He wants to hand out free promo CDs to Talk Talk fans around the world. If you want one of those please send him an e-mail with your address and state that you were referred by Within Without. I guess you'll like them!
I've decided (by request) to house the first Mark Hollis/Talk Talk internet convention ever - Or let's keep it a little less pretentious: The first Within Without chatroom gathering will take place on Saturday the 9th of May, 1998 at 21:00 hours CET (Denmark and most countries in Western Europe ) which means 8 p.m. in U.K., 3 p.m. in New York, 2 p.m. in Chicago, 12 midday in Los Angeles, 22:00 in Eastern Europe/Israel and 5 a.m. (Sunday morning) in Sydney. I hope to meet many of you who's visited the website and participated in the discussions on the bulletin board. BE THERE!
I've had many enquiries on the availability of Tim Friese-Greene's Heligoland EP. It can only be obtained directly from Sanctuary Music/F Sharp Productions in London. The address can be found in this section under May 22nd. You can contact Sanctuary Music on e-mail at email@example.com.
As you may have read on the bulletin board the "AV1" CD from Mark Hollis, Phill Brown and Dave Allinson to be released on Voiceprint has been postponed until June due to the unexpected success of Mark Hollis.
Finally the highly acclaimed Talk Talk live bootleg CD
"Talking Colours" will soon be available again from the
resurrected Kiss The Stone label which can be found at
Asides Besides has finally arrived. Though I could live without the extended and remixed songs of Asides it definitely feels good to have Besides in remastered CD quality. Those of you who've never heard the b-sides certainly have something to look forward to. The booklet is superb - it tells the history of Talk Talk through pictures, covers and sketches of cover art by James Marsh. And the cover is fantastic as always. Unfortunate EMI managed to mirror the cover picture once again. So we're flipping it back!
discographies of Talk Talk, Mark Hollis, The Reaction, Orang and Heligoland
has been added.
The site is undergoing a minor reconstruction during the
next days. Perhaps you have already noted some of the changes. Expect the
discography to be added later today.
The latest news on that "AV1" CD with Mark Hollis, Phill Brown and Dave Allinson is that it will be released in early May or maybe even June. My friend Paul McIntosh spoke to someone at Spellbound Records who'd actually heard the CD. He said it has some very good piano pieces from Mark, which were recorded a few years ago between Laughing Stock and the new album. Apparently, you can tell it is Mark Hollis as soon as you hear the music.
As you've probably noted Asides Besides has finally been released in Europe. In fact I'm leaving to pick up a copy right now :-)
I am happy to announce that excerpts of Tim
Friese-Greene's fabulous 'Heligoland/Creosote & Tar' EP has been added
sound gallery. Details on how to obtain the EP can be found in this section
under March 22nd.
I'm equally happy to announce that the problems with playing the audio-/videofiles for people with Netscape browsers has now been solved.
Another soundclip has been added to the
sound gallery. This time it is an excerpt of I Can't Resist - Hollis'
first single with the band The Reaction. Expect to find excerpts of Tim
Friese-Greene's Heligoland and perhaps another surprise within the next
I've noted that people using Netscape browsers cannot activate the RealPlayer from the browser when they click on the links to the sound- and videofiles. Instead of the option to save or open the file they get weird characters on the screen. It's only a problem with Netscape browsers and it's only a problem on my server. I've tested my website on other webservers without any problems. I'm working hard to correct the problem and I expect to fix it within the next week. If you're a Netscape user and want to hear the soundfiles before the problem is fixed you have two options. Either you can install another browser (i.e. Internet Explorer) or you can start the RealPlayer yourself:
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
I've added the most extensive and accurate
Talk Talk biography I've ever read.
The sound gallery has been expanded with samples of some of Mark Hollis' favourite artists.
I've had a lot of questions about the 3CD boxset with the
singles from Laughing Stock and the three tracks not released elsewhere.
For the same reason I've made a
sound gallery with excerpts of the three tracks. In the next days the
gallery will be expanded and will include excerpts from Mark Hollis' first band
The Reaction and from Tim Friese-Greene's brand new Heligoland EP.
I've had an increasing number of people complaining about the RealMedia-files in the audio/video interviews. To play the files you have to download and install the latest version of RealPlayer 5.0 (follow the link at the interviews). If you've had problem with playing the files I would like you to drop me a line whether you've solved the problems or not. If you've solved them please state how!
Here she comes
Silent in her sound
Here she comes
Fresh upon the ground
Come gentle spring
Come at winter's end
Gone is the pallor from a promise that's nature's gift
Waiting for the colour of spring
interview from VOX with Mark Hollis has been added.
I have a very mixed bag for you here! First of all there's
bad review of a bad album from 1982. I definitely don't want to offend
anybody and I respect those of you who like it. I just think if you are a new
band making your debut and you want to be taken seriously - don't record a song
with the chorus: "It's so se-ri-o-us uh uh uh uh".
Then there's an excerpt from Rebellious Jukebox in Melody Maker where Mark Eitzel formerly of American Music Club, now solo, talks about the records and tracks which changed his life including New Grass.
Finally, there's an exciting interview with Orang where Lee Harris and Paul Webb talks about the making of Fields and Waves.
Tim Friese-Greene formerly of Talk Talk and Catherine
Wheel has released new material. I've received the following info on the
TIM FRIESE-GREENE of TALK TALK and CW has just issued a private pressing of his first solo ep under the name of HELIGOLAND. There are 1000 cd's and 1000 12" 's available only. The cost is £4.00 each plus £1.50 p&p. These will not be available in shops. Please send International money orders made out to F Sharp Productions care of my office. SANCTUARY MUSIC, The Colonnades, 82 Bishop's Bridge Rd. London , U.K. W2 6BB stating the format and quantity you require. The ep's feature 4 tracks and are written ,produced , and performed by Tim. If you are into TALK TALK or CW this is a must.
Latest news about the Asides Besides: It's released April
13th in Europe only as a part of the EMI 100 years anniversary series and will
only be available for six months. There are 28 tracks on 2 cd's and the
catalogue no. is EMI 8548O7-2.
Two old interviews from 1984 with Mark Hollis and Mark Hollis/Paul Webb has been added.
interview with Mark Hollis from 1984 has been added.
interview with Mark Hollis from 1991 has been added along with an old review
Spirit Of Eden.
interview with Mark Hollis from 1986 has been added along with old reviews
The Colour Of Spring and
Spirit Of Eden.
Within Without discussion forum has been improved so it now includes an
on-line chatroom where you can exchange your views on Mark Hollis, Talk Talk,
music and life in general.
An English rewriting made by the wonderful Mette Castbak
article she wrote for the Danish magazine GAFFA has been added. The article
contains a comprehensive interview with Mark Hollis. Thanks for your hard work,
A recent interview with Mark Hollis from
NME has been added.
This time it's official folks! I've just received a mail
from Nigel Reeve, EMI UK, who's responsible for the EMI Talk Talk catalogue. The
correct name of the 2CD compilation will be "Asides Besides" and it will be
released April 13. The track list can be found at
however this was not confirmed by Nigel. This will probably be the last Talk
Talk release ever.
The counting is over. The Talk Talk / Mark Hollis
poll results has been added.
The Mark Hollis/Talk Talk poll has closed and I've started
counting your votes. 50 persons did vote and I'll promise you some very big
surprises (at least to me). A lot of very interesting albums were mentioned so
it will take a little time to type. The entire result of the poll will be
published soon. I've got 8-10 articles and reviews to publish so watch out in
the near future - among them four recent interviews with Mark Hollis. One of
them has never been published before!!! Latest news about the "Asides & Bsides"
can be found at Talk Talk (unofficial) Homepage.
Two brand new reviews of Mark Hollis from
The Wire and
UNCUT Magazine has been added. The latter includes an interview with Mark
Two old reviews of Spirit Of Eden from
Record Mirror and
Q has been added.
TV-interview has been added. It lasts 13,5 minutes and takes up app. 2 MB of
space. The quality is reasonable but I'll try to experiment with other
compression techniques to make it better. Another
interview has been added along with probably the worst
review ever written.
Talk Talk/Mark Hollis poll has started. Send me your votes.
reviews has been added. (An old Laughing Stock review and two recent
reviews of Mark Hollis.)
The lyrics section have been completed.
It now seems that EMI will finally release the long time rumoured Talk Talk compilation "Asides Besides". According to British magazine Record Mirror it will be released in March as part of the EMI anniversary series and contain 12" and b-sides.
A brand new RealMedia
interview with Mark Hollis from Danish National Radio has been added. I
apologize on behalf of my fellow-countrymen for the lack of originality in the
interview from 1988 with Mark Hollis, Tim Friese-Greene and Tony Wadsworth
(EMI) has been added. The latter describes Talk Talk and Spirit Of Eden as a
part of the "acid house" phenomenon. No wonder Talk Talk left EMI after this
review of Mark Hollis has been added. I taped a brand new interview
with Mark Hollis today which will be posted as soon as possible. More interviews
and reviews are coming up soon.
Within Without discussion forum has been added. Make your
contribution to the discussion of which Talk Talk album is the best. What does
the music of Mark Hollis and Talk mean to you? Which music do you listen to
apart from Mark Hollis and Talk Talk? Have you listened to some of Mark Hollis'
references? What's good and bad about the website? What do you think of the new
Mark Hollis album? Let me hear your opinions! I'm happy to announce that I will
soon be able to add a recent video interview with Mark Hollis in
the RealMedia format.
There's a rumour of a collaboration between harmonica
player Mark Feltham and Mark Hollis which has resulted in an album
to be released soon. Mark Hollis told MOJO recently that he was going to do
production work with Phill Brown but he didn't mention any names. This sounds
almost to good to be true. Check
the Talk Talk (unofficial) homepage for further details. I've added a recent
picture of Mark Hollis to the
welcome page and a picture of me (good heavens) on the
credits page. More interviews and reviews of Mark Hollis will follow
interview with Mark Hollis has been added.
links page is updated with links to artists and records which Hollis like
interview with Hollis.
The new Hollis album is brought home and it seems that it
was worth to wait seven years for it. Sounds very, very promising. It's in some
way very different from the last two Talk Talk albums but has many of the same
qualities. I look forward to listen to it again. E-mail me your comments on the
album. The lyrics can be found in the
Within Without - the Mark Hollis/Talk Talk website opens
today. The site is still under construction so expect many more interviews and
reviews the following weeks. Additional material is welcomed with open arms.
The long awaited first eponymous solo album is released
today. There has been reports of a one week delay in England. It is uncertain
whether or when it will be released in the USA. Read reviews of the album in the
Last updated October 7, 1998