Reclusive Talk Talk Man Resurfaces!

There are some artists that just…disappear–at least for a while.  Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys retired to his crazy sandbox.  Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd went AWOL.  Lee Mavers of The La’s turned into something of a hermit.  Same with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.

Then there’s Mark Hollis of Talk Talk.  What started as a straight-ahead technopop band in the early 80s eventually evolved into something rather special over the next ten years.  Then they broke up.

Hollis stuck around to release a solo album in 1998 and then showed up as a guest artist on a few records by other people.  And then…nothing.  Fans were left to keep vigil.

But now he’s resurfaced–and in a completely unexpected way.  Pitchfork has the story.  Read it and then enjoy what remains my favourite Talk Talk track.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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