Talbot played with the late 1970s mod revivalistsThe Merton Parkas, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Bureau and can be seen in the latter's music video for their song "Only For Sheep". In 1982 he started working with Paul Weller to form The Style Council which released their first records early in 1983. Since the break-up of the Style Council in March 1990, Talbot has continued to play with Weller on his solo material. He is a member of the current line-up of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners).
In 2014 he worked with Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey on the album Going Back Home. He also worked with Daltrey and Pete Townshend on their 2014 single release "Be Lucky." and on Pete Williams' album Roughnecks + Roustabouts (Basehart Recordings), released March 2015.