MATRIXSYNTH: RIP Mark Hollis of Talk Talk

Monday, February 25, 2019

RIP Mark Hollis of Talk Talk

Published on Jul 13, 2011 exDrBob1

Mark Hollis of Talk Talk passed away today at the age of 64. He was one of my favorite musicians. I wasn't expecting to put a post up as it's synths only on the site, but I remembered there was some single synth spotting in the video for their first hit single above.  It appears to be an Oberheim OB-Xa with the 120 preset expansion badge on the front right. The OB-Xa was released in 1981 and the song came out in 1982 (not sure when the video came out though). You can also see some Simmons drum triggers. Synth spotting aside, I am going to miss him. I never got to see Talk Talk live. Apparently he stopped touring and pulled out of the music scene to spend more time with his family and to raise his kids. I heard he said he couldn't tour and be a good father at the same time so he chose to be a good father. Much respect to that. Below is a live concert from 1986. Some synth spotting there as well.

Talk Talk Live at Montreux 11th July 1986

Published on Jan 12, 2013

"Talk Talk Live on 11th July 1986 at the Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The show was part of a tour that started in April 1986 to promote the band's recent album The Colour of Spring, and was to be their only appearance at Montreux.

The extended line-up for the 1986 tour consisted of Hollis, Webb and Harris, plus John Turnbull (guitars), Rupert Black and Ian Curnow (keyboards), Phil Reis and Leroy Williams (percussion), and Mark Feltham (harmonica). Most notable among these concerts was this appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, released on DVD in 2008 as Live at Montreux 1986.

Running order as follows...

00:00:00 Presentation
00:00:44 Talk Talk*
00:03:59 Dum Dum Girl**
00:07:44 Call in the Night Boy**
00:14:36 Tomorrow Started**
00:22:20 My Foolish Friend°
00:26:50 Life's What You Make It***
00:31:45 Does Caroline Know**
00:39:51 It's You**
00:43:49 Living in Another World***
00:51:40 Give It Up***
00:57:26 It's My Life**
01:05:02 I Don't Believe in You***
01:10:26 Such a Shame**
01:18:55 Renée**"

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