‘It’s My Life’ & More: Mark Hollis & Talk Talk’s HipHopMagz Chart History


The band tallied a number of entries within the ’80s, whereas No Doubt’s ‘It’s My Life’ cowl adopted in 2003.

Talk Talk was robust out of the gate on the Billboard charts. After forming in 1981, the three-piece British rockers' eponymous single reached Billboard's Dance Club Songs survey in June 1982 and Mainstream Rock Songs that September.

The band, fronted by singer and guitarist Mark Hollis, whose dying on the age of 64 was reported Monday (Feb. 25), confined its chart historical past to simply underneath a four-year span within the mid-1980s, regardless that the act's profession continued into the early '90s till its 1991 break up. Still, Talk Talk stays a much-cited affect, notably within the post-rock vein.

And whereas its chart motion ceased after the '80s, that's not the place the Talk Talk story ends, because of a sure ska punk band from Anaheim, California.

"Talk Talk" got here first, peaking at No. 63 on Dance Club Songs (June 12, 1982) and No. 26 on Mainstream Rock Songs (Sept. 18), paving the best way for the observe's seven-week rendezvous with the Billboard Hot 100, the place it hit No. 75 (Nov. 6). Its corresponding album, Talk Talk's debut LP When the Party's Over, reached No. 132 on the Billboard 200 that November. (Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, a pure match for the band's sound from the beginning, didn’t start till 1988.)

Follow-up album It's My Life produced what stands as Talk Talk's top-performing single on Billboard's charts: its title observe. Among its accolades are Talk Talk's solely No. 1 on a rating, because it led Dance Club Songs on May 5, 1984. It additionally hit No. 23 on Mainstream Rock Songs. That assist helped spark the tune's No. 31 peak on the Hot 100, marking Talk Talk's solely prime 40 hit. The album reached No. 42 on the Billboard 200, the band's greatest exhibiting.

The set's second single, "Such a Shame," hit No. 12 on Dance Club Songs and No. 89 on the Hot 100 in summer season 1984.

Which brings us to Talk Talk's last appearances so far on tune and album charts. "Life's What You Make It," the lead single from the band's third LP, The Colour of Spring, appeared on the rockers' traditional chart haunts in 1986, reaching No. 22 on Dance Club Songs, No. 26 on Mainstream Rock Songs and No. 90 on the Hot 100. The album hit No. 58 on the Billboard 200.

Talk Talk launched two extra albums, 1988's Spirit of Eden and 1991's Laughing Stock, that had been minor successes within the group's native England however didn’t chart within the U.S. Following the band's breakup, Hollis launched a self-titled solo album in 1998. While the set missed Billboard's charts, he performed a small function on Unkle's Heatseekers Albums-topping LP Psyence Fiction the identical 12 months, as he added piano and a co-writing credit score to the tune "Chaos."

In 2003, "It's My Life" returned to prominence because of a canopy by No Doubt, from the latter's The Singles 1992-2003 biggest hits bundle. Released following No Doubt's commercially profitable Rock Steady period (and through a hiatus for the band as singer Gwen Stefani pursued a solo profession), the tune was a runaway success, reaching No. 10 on the Hot 100 in January 2004. It additionally hit No. three on Adult Pop Songs, No. 5 on Pop Songs and No. 32 on Alternative Songs.

Hollis' dying was reported Feb. 25, though an official date of dying has not but been confirmed. Hollis' former supervisor, Keith Aspden, confirmed to the BBC that Hollis died "after a brief sickness from which he by no means recovered."