Tributes paid to Mark Hollis as Talk Talk frontman dies aged 64
Tributes have been pouring in from figures across the music industry in response to reports that Mark Hollis, the frontman and chief creative force behind the band Talk Talk, has died at the age of 64.
Talk Talk bassist Mark Webb led the tributes with a post on Instagram that reads: “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis. Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him.”
After a string of hits during the 1980s including songs such as 'It's My Life' and 'Life's What You Make It', Hollis had become an elusive presence in recent years and effectively retired from making music after the release of his one and only solo album, the eponymous Mark Hollis, in 1998. His career with Talk Talk had ended some years earlier in 1991, the group disbanding after the release of their fifth and final album Laughing Stock.
A notoriously uncompromising figure, Hollis rarely gave interviews following Talk Talk's split, by which time he had led the band toward an increasingly experimental approach that led to two of the era's most seminal albums, 1988's Spirit of Eden and 1991's Laughing Stock. Neither matched the commercial success of their three predecessors, but the band's final two albums established a legacy that would see their music become hugely influential on a range of artists and bands, including The Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie and Porcupine Tree.
Since the reports of his death began emerging on Tuesday evening, tributes to Hollis and his work have flooded social media, some of which you can find below...
So sad to hear Mark Hollis has passed.. his music is amongst my most dearly loved... Rest in peace you wonderful soul. pic.twitter.com/DD7eYizhfz— erol alkan (@erolalkan) 25 February 2019
Trying to find the words to express my sadness about the passing of #MarkHollis #TalkTalk— Paul Epworth (@paulepworth) 25 February 2019
Hearing Spirit Of Eden blew my 18 year old mind to such a degree I set out to try and learn how on earth they had created this transcendent masterpiece. That search turned into a career.
Thank you Mark Hollis. You made this record and it still haunts me. Rest Well. pic.twitter.com/GC0QecUjGr— LaVar Te El Culo (@cedricbixler_) 25 February 2019
We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Mark Hollis, lead singer and creative genius from the band Talk Talk. Our thoughts are with his family and friends https://t.co/wYc5u7SCXH— Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (@OfficialOMD) 25 February 2019