Creative Writing ‘Spirit Of Talk Talk’ etc




A while back I was flattered to be asked to contribute a piece to the ‘Spirit Of Talk Talk’ biography, published by Rocket 88 press

‘Spirit Of Talk Talk’ is a celebration of the artist James Marsh, the man who designed all of the bands record sleeves. It is also a Talk Talk biography and alongside such luminaries as Guy Garvey (Elbow) and Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) you will find my own recollections on Talk Talk’s ‘Spirit Of Eden’ album and just what it means to me.

Not long after the book was launched (it’s now in it’s second press), James Marsh started designing sleeves for my bands Villareal and Lightning Dept. This is a real dream come true for me and I am honoured that my music is adorned by such beautiful art.

My Top Five Talk Talk tracks:

I Belive In You (Spirit Of Eden)
New Grass (Laughing Stock)
It’s My Life (It’s My Life)
Living In Another World (Colour Of Spring)
Such A Shame (It’s My Life)

2 thoughts on “Creative Writing ‘Spirit Of Talk Talk’ etc

  1. I didn’t know about this book. I can’t even begin to describe how Colour Of Spring’s release changed my listening tastes. The 14 year old me bought it on cassette from WHSmith in Guildford Surrey (along with PIL’s Album – well, Cassette in 1986). I was going through hell at school at that point and they gave me solace!
    I was obviously hooked initially by Life’s What You Make It, but the wonders inside the album were so unexpected. I discovered ambience, space, less is more. I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for this album I would never have discovered Eno, delved deeper into jazz, and continued blindly along my rock path (even though I went through a very metal/thrash phase right after).
    But the artwork was SO beautiful. It evoked the music so perfectly and has always held a fascination.

    1. Hi Nick, great to hear from other fans of Talk Talk. Yes, ‘Colour Of Spring’ (and ‘Cassette!’ for that matter) were great albums in a year dominated by Stock, Aitken and Waterman and 80’s ‘plastic soul’ . Talk Talk were pretty muh reviled by the music press and only with EMI thanks to very healthy sales abroad. All of this would feed into their next two albums…wow! Have a great 2017, Simon

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