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26 May 2022

Talk Talk’s ‘The Party’s Over’ Turns 40 With Exclusive Grey Vinyl Edition

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2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the debut album of one of the most critically-acclaimed and pioneering bands to come out of the UK. Talk Talk’s The Party’s Over was a start of a remarkable journey for Mark Hollis (vocals), Simon Brenner (keyboards), Lee Harris (drums), and Paul Webb (bass) who constantly evolved throughout their career from synth-pop beginnings into pioneering avant-garde post-rock in the latter stages of the band, being a large influence on artists such as Radiohead, St. Vincent and many more.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, The Party’s Over is being released on white vinyl across all music retailers and on grey vinyl exclusive to Dig! on 15 July.

Talk Talk launched with the release of the single Mirror Man in February 1982, followed by Today and the eponymous single Talk Talk, with the latter two charting at No. 14 and No. 23 in the UK respectively.

The Party’s Over was produced by Colin Thurston, the former engineer for David Bowie, who was arguably better known for producing Duran Duran’s first two albums, Duran Duran and Rio. Charting in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA, The Party’s Over is classic synth-pop teamed with lyrical depth that went on to be synonymous with the band’s much-missed lead singer, Mark Hollis.

The album also picked up some positive contemporary press, with Sounds’ review declaring: “The album is, as Mark Hollis insists, an album of moods. Sample the punchy, memorable pop of Talk Talk, the dark synth-balladeering of It’s So Serious and Mark Hollis’s distinctive Weller-esque vocals. He injects pathos into his delivery, and the arrangements show a lot of thought.”

Earlier this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of these singles, many of the B-sides were made available digitally for the first time such as Strike Up The Band and ? (aka Question Mark).

The Party’s Over includes the following tracks:

Talk Talk
It’s So Serious
The Party’s Over
Have You Heard The News
Mirror Man
Another Word

Pre-order the grey vinyl edition of The Party’s Over here.

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