I was saddened to hear yesterday that Mark Hollis the former singer-songwriter- frontman for Talk Talk had died from a brief illness at the age of 64. Recently I was commenting on the best concert I ever have been to – Elvis Costello in 1982- the opener that night was Talk Talk. I wasn’t at all familiar with Talk Talk going into that evening but they were excellent- I liked them enough to go out and get their album- The Party’s Over- [their first album-which was released that year} and followed their career and gobbled up the five albums that they released in their all too brief career. Hollis and Talk Talk changed musically over the years-from a synth-pop band to more experimental music at the end with their last two albums- my two favorites by them- Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock. The band broke up in the early 90’s- Hollis released one solo album in 1998 before retiring from music. They are best known for their song “It’s My Life” which would later become a big hit for No Doubt. Talk Talk’s original was much better. Just sayin’. Below is an article on Hollis and his passing from The Guardian.