Life's What You Make It (Talk Talk song)
|"Life's What You Make It"|
|Single by Talk Talk|
|from the album The Colour of Spring|
|B-side||"It's Getting Late in the Evening"|
|Released||1985 (Germany) (Netherlands)
1986 (other countries)
CD maxi (1990 version)
|Genre||Art rock, New wave|
|Writer(s)||Mark Hollis, Tim Friese-Greene|
|Talk Talk singles chronology|
"Life's What You Make It" is a song by the English band Talk Talk. It was released as a single in 1985, the first from the band's album The Colour of Spring. The single was a hit in the UK, peaking at no. 16, and charted in numerous other countries.
Filmed at Wimbledon Common, London, the promotional video for the single shows the band performing in the early hours in a natural history setting. The video, directed by Tim Pope, enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV.
The track was re-released as a single in 1990, charting for a second time.
Track listings 
|German Singles Chart||24|
|Dutch Singles Chart||11|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||49|
|Irish Singles Chart||17|
|Italian Singles Chart||14|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||11|
|Swiss Singles Chart||17|
|UK Singles Chart||16|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||90|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1 ||22|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1 ||40|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||26|
|Irish Singles Chart||23|
|UK Singles Chart||23|
The song was one of the last to be conceived for The Colour of Spring, following concern from the band’s management at the lack of an obvious single among accumulated work. Initially unwilling, Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene, the principal source of original material for the band, accepted the task as a challenge. Friese-Greene: "I had a drum pattern loosely inspired by Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill and Mark was playing Green Onions organ over the top." (Making no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart, "Running Up That Hill" had been released in August 1985.) The track was embellished with David Rhodes’ guitar hook.
Other recordings and uses 
The Divine Comedy did an acoustic version of the song in 1993, available on the limited edition of A Secret History... The Best of the Divine Comedy. German rock band Zinoba recorded a version that featured in the film Gegen die Wand (Head-On), directed by Fatih Akın (2004), during the closing credits. The Gathering covered the song on their 2005 album Accessories - Rarities and B-Sides. Also, a cover version was included as a bonus track on the UK version of Weezer's 2008 album Weezer (The Red Album). And Australian post-punk singer Rowland S. Howard also covered the song, on his second solo album Pop Crimes in 2009. In 2011 the Danish band Dúné (http://www.dunesite.com) made a version of the song in connection to the movie ID:A.
- http://pitchfork.com/news/47680-talk-talks-mark-hollis-resurfaces-with-new-music-for-the-kelsey-grammer-tv-show-boss/ "After hitting it big as new wave stars in the early and mid-80s, with massive singles like "It's My Life" and "Life's What You Make It", Talk Talk abandoned synth-pop and went experimental."
- German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
- "Life's What You Make It", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
- Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
- UK Singles Chart (1986 release) Chartstats.com, (1990 release) Chartstats.com, (1991 release) Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 21, 2008)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 21, 2008)
- Jim Irvin, Mojo, April 2006