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Talk Talk — Life's What You Make It
Album: Colour of Spring
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Released: 1986
Length: 4:12
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Baby, life's what you make it
Can't escape it
Baby, yesterday's favourite
Don't you hate it?

(Everything's alright) life's what you make it
(Everything's alright)

Baby, life's what you make it
Don't backdate it
Baby, don't try to shade it
Beauty is naked

(Everything's alright) life's what you make it
(Everything's alright) what you make it

Baby, life's what you make it
Celebrate it
Anticipate it
Yesterday's faded
Nothing can change it
Life's what you make it

(Everything's alright) life's what you make it
(Everything's alright) life's what you make it
(Everything's alright)
(Everything's alright) yeah, heh
(Everything's alright) make it, make it
(Everything's alright) life's what you make it
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They were gods amongst musicians!

An amazing concert version of the song .

https://youtu.be/B_E-B6982s0
Love this tune! Truth is spoken.

RIP Mark.  Such a voice.  Early MTV favorite.
Life's what you make it. 

True!

But John Lennon was also right 

This song always made me happy. I remember pounding the speakers out of my little 1982 Ford Escort hatchback, flying down the highway to some TAlk TAlk. Love is what you make it. 
This simply does not age, still great! 
I'm young again. 
 Easyrider wrote:
This album is simply incredible,RIP Mark🙏
 

+1 - one of the absolute best albums of all time - as beautiful as its cover and title.

a landmark
This album is simply incredible,RIP Mark🙏
Stupendous album, start to finish.  Massively underrated.
There really should be an award handed out to Talk Talk, posthumously for Mark Hollis (RIP), of course. For Most Severely Underrated Act/Band Of Kinda All Time. Everything 9 or 10s always. 
RIP Mark Hollis.  You left us a masterpiece with this beautiful album.  
Life is what you make it, alright. You certainly enriched mine, Mr Hollis. Thanks and good luck on your journey.
Desert island disc for me. Never gets old. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
HELL YEAH! That confident, daringly discordant piano, that screaming guitar, that cathartic percussion and ultimate bad-assed vocals!

 
After that comment, there is nothing left to say!
{#Hearteyes}
Brilliant band!!
Love that guitar riff! {#Guitarist}
I miss the 80's {#Sorry}
{#Hearteyes} {#Crown} {#Good-vibes}
One of the best songs and videos of the era 
{#Notworthy}     {#Notworthy}     {#Notworthy}
Probably their best song
{#Roflol}
HELL YEAH! That confident, daringly discordant piano, that screaming guitar, that cathartic percussion and ultimate bad-assed vocals!
My favorite  !!!! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Album cover art reminds me of Miro.
Yes. Perfect.
Simple but brilliant and important wisdom.  Boy what a wonderful world it would be if people actually understood and owned this?!  {#Ask}
30 years later, such a simple sentiment, and yet I really need to hear it today.
I've been listening to the Color of Spring on loop for weeks. Love Mark Hollis!
Always loved this band, from the time the hypnotic video with the giraffes out on the veldt was all over MTV. I wonder if Yo La Tengo consciously sampled the piano from this in their delicious "Moby Octopad." In any case, everything here resonates so incredibly well...
One of the most under rated bands of all time!! Their early records before they got radio play were so experimental and way ahead of their time, and thus timeless!
 ddog wrote:
I under appreciated this band in the 80's..  {#Frown}

 
Me too!  {#Foot-in-mouth}
 ddog wrote:
I under appreciated this band in the 80's..  {#Frown}

 
Everybody did.    we should make up for it.
9    (really cool song imo : )
I under appreciated this band in the 80's..  {#Frown}
 WonderLizard wrote:

I totally get this, but...what, no soundtrack? Really? Like, everyone has a soundtrack. Or so I thought.

 
Oh?

Please explain.  
The Radiohead of the 80s perhaps?
Brilliant song from a unique band.
 igor wrote:

Allen_Saunders said that.

 
You sure it wasn't Custer?
Aahh....Sophomore year....
 
 LowPhreak wrote:

Well, not really.

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

- John Lennon

 
Allen_Saunders said that.


 WonderLizard wrote:

Women at twerk.

 
{#Clap}
Such and unappreciated band.
 oldsaxon wrote:

Life's what you make it.   :)

 
Well, not really.

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

- John Lennon
Going for the trifecta here...

I was only aware of Talk Talk's single "Talk Talk" before being exposed to the wide range of their work on RP. Reinforces why I listen to RP regularly.
One of the best bands no one has ever heard of 
 Bazooka wrote:
Something is seriously wrong. Google =: 


 
Women at twerk.
 westslope wrote:

I'll second that.  Was extremely busy in the late 1980s, early 1990s and missed a lot of music.

 
I totally get this, but...what, no soundtrack? Really? Like, everyone has a soundtrack. Or so I thought.
 westslope wrote:

I'll second that.  Was extremely busy in the late 1980s, early 1990s and missed a lot of music.

 
Everything's alright. Life's what you make it.   :)
Good song
But life is not only what you make it
You have some cards you are dealt (destiny).. you can change some things, far from all
Maybe 
I so needed to hear this now! Thanks for playing it. :)
Not to get all preachy and stuff - but a very wise life lesson....this awesome song!  {#Whisper}  
Enjoy the song very much. Anyone else hearing the enormous Who/Townsend elements permeating the song?
This is the original - this is THE best version, hands down.

No other crap covers......{#No} 
Just a great band. Thanks for playing!
I played this song over and over again on my cassette tape in my car for months, back in the 80's.  This song is timeless, could fit any age.
It's interesting to follow this band through their progression of albums. Their first is one that I like to put on when I want to rock out. Their last, I put on when I dim the lights and lay on the couch as I ponder the universe. Quite a swath of musical emotions..
 lily34 wrote:
i can't rate this any higher than a 10? one of my favs.
 
Sure you can....just try a little harder!
Wow. I almost forgot about this one. Thanks!
i can't rate this any higher than a 10? one of my favs.
 k_trout wrote:
Thanks RP for introducing me to this terrific band.  I really really like everything I have heard from them and even bought me some of their music. 
 
I'll second that.  Was extremely busy in the late 1980s, early 1990s and missed a lot of music.
Fine guitar-riff, and the singer squeezes it so high on the offbeats - nice to listen to! ( Norderney, Germany)
 justlistening wrote:
I find this to be so bland - musically, lyrically and vocally.
 

You nailed it. The late 80's in a nutshell... Most of the music was as vacuous as most of the early 60's- a cultural junkyard left to be mined by the great bands 10 years later for covers of the hits.
Thanks RP for introducing me to this terrific band.  I really really like everything I have heard from them and even bought me some of their music. 
 Panama_Floyd wrote:
And I thought everyone had forgotten them.  

I must say I had until the first few measures of this tune...then BAM!  It just goes to show...memories aren't lost, we just forget the path.


These guys are great — should have enjoyed a lot more success. Some of the best stuff from the 80s. But unfortunately it wasn't widely heard until RP rescued it.


I find this to be so bland - musically, lyrically and vocally.

more true than ever....{#Yes}



 Bazooka wrote:
Something is seriously wrong. Google =: 



 

That is really uncalled for.


Yah!
 socalhol wrote:
Yesterday's favorite — and forever a favorite for me!  {#Hearteyes}
 
Same here, perfect sound when at work !

Yesterday's favorite — and forever a favorite for me!  {#Hearteyes}
OH crap!
That was a harsh segue from Zero 7!  
 Bazooka wrote:
Something is seriously wrong. Google =: 



 
Yeah, life's what you make it.... while high on salvia divinorum and acting like a tart.

This song is excellent though.

 shawshank wrote:
love the the piano groove! {#Dancingbanana}
 
...and the drums!

GREAT MUSIC and GREAT COVERS!
Where the hell are they...?
LOVE TALK TALK LATECOMER TAKER-FOR-GRANTED-ER BACK WHEN LISTENING TO KLRB, LOVE TALK TALK GUSHING GODLIKE BRILLIANCE. FANK YOU FANK YOU VERY MUCH.
love the the piano groove! {#Dancingbanana}
{#Cool}
 j7 wrote:
Colours Of Spring is one of the 80's best
 
Without a doubt.

After Zero 7?  No no no... 
The message in this song is quite true.....so why do so many of us make a mess of it? {#Stupid}

 Bazooka wrote:
Something is seriously wrong. Google =: 



 
mommy, I'm frightened.
 j7 wrote:
Colours Of Spring is one of the 80's best
 

Agreed!
These guys along with Blue Nile sum up a huge part of the late '80's and '90's for me. Missing my youth!
Colours Of Spring is one of the 80's best

a beauty


Ooooooo love this song! {#Dancingbanana}
Something is seriously wrong. Google =: 



 Pheral wrote:
Sorry, this one should have been left in the 80s where it belonged.
 
What..... left back in the 80s with the Yuppies, and the big hair, and the John Hughes films? That's too cruel! {#Mad}
oh i love this.
 Pheral wrote:
Sorry, this one should have been left in the 80s where it belonged.
 
{#Ass} Amazing tune...amazing band, no matter the decade.

Sorry, this one should have been left in the 80s where it belonged.
This guy sounds great, even though he sounds like he's suffering from motion sickness!  {#Smile}

Kudos again to RP for playing music by Talk Talk including some great stuff that, unlike this song, was not a big hit in the 80's.

And I thought everyone had forgotten them. Thanks, Bill... :cheers:
I I love love Talk Talk
Damn... I may have to log-off so I can go listen to my copy of this record! Excellent.
thenoizzbox wrote:
Mark Holis sounds nothing like Steve Windood... not even remotely close. :confused:
Disagree; they may be easily distinguishable, but certainly in the same ballpark. Love 'em both. But what I really wanted to say was that this song, indeed most of the cuts on this compilation CD, have aged very very well.
Godlike, and SO true!
Wow - another blast from the past, and an unpredictable one at that. Thanks Bill & Rebecca!
:good-vibes:
lmic wrote:
This isn't Steve Winwood singing? Color me stunned.
You're joking right? Mark Holis sounds nothing like Steve Windood... not even remotely close. :confused: Winwood is indeed playing the B3 on that cut and a couple of others though.
I don't know why, but every time I hear this I think of "Ma Belle Amie" by the Tee Set. Must be that Hammond B3.
rah wrote:
pheugoo has a fantastic mashup of this with destiny's child on their site: https://www.pheugoo.com/ (Life's a Bugger)
Wow, yeah, it's pretty seamless.
lmic wrote:
This isn't Steve Winwood singing? Color me stunned.
I just came in here to say the same exact thing.
pheugoo has a fantastic mashup of this with destiny's child on their site: https://www.pheugoo.com/ (Life's a Bugger)
One of the BEST songs to come out of the 80's!!! :bounce:
A "let down" after Cream. Sorry, folks!
I agree.
Truth
coffee-eyes wrote:
:bounce: :bounce:
I concur :bounce: :bounce:
:bounce: :bounce:
YES, YES, YES, & YES AGAIN!!!! THE PULSE....... THE REVERB.....
Dug the pulsing, driving Augie M a few minutes ago, and am now really digging this jam immensely, Bill -- THANKS! :yell: :hearteyes: :clap: :meditate:
This isn't Steve Winwood singing? Color me stunned.
Krispian wrote:
Life really is what you make it, and this song is phenomenal!
I concur.
Xeric wrote:
Hmmm. Irritating in such a Peter-Gabrialish way I thought it WAS him!
Here's a quarter...go buy yerself a clue... :beat:
Life really is what you make it, and this song is phenomenal!
Hmmm. Irritating in such a Peter-Gabrialish way I thought it WAS him!
WOW memories of the past. :clap: :dance: Thanks BILL