Talk to Me (Stevie Nicks song)

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"Talk To Me"
Single by Stevie Nicks
from the album Rock a Little
B-side "One More Big Time Rock and Roll Star"
Released 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:10
Label Modern Records
Writer(s) Chas Sandford
Producer(s) Chas Sandford & Jimmy Iovine
Certification Gold
Stevie Nicks singles chronology
"Nightbird"
(1983)
"Talk To Me"
(1985)
"I Can't Wait"
(1986)

"Talk To Me" is a 1985 song by the American singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks. It was the first single from her third solo album, Rock a Little. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and claimed the number-one spot on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart for two weeks in 1985.[1]

Background[edit]

The song was written by Chas Sandford, who co-wrote John Waite's "Missing You". Sandford also plays most of the instruments on "Talk To Me". The song was brought to the attention of Nicks by producer Jimmy Iovine, "who was always on the hunt for a hit song." Stevie says she didn't like the song at first because she had trouble with the vocals, but Iovine persisted and she eventually recorded it. Jim Keltner was in the studio next door doing some drum overdubs during the recording process. After Nicks explained her dilemma, Keltner gave her some words of encouragement and offered to stay with her and be her audience. Nicks sang the song twice during the session and then it was finished.

Music video[edit]

The promotional music video shows Nicks performing the song direct to camera in a variety of different sets in what looks like a grand house. One of the sets is a long white room that looks like an art gallery and has three steps in the middle which Nicks, her backing singers Sharon Celani and Lori Perry, and two male dancers, all perform choreographed dance steps together in formation. Nicks' brother, Christopher, features in the video playing the saxophone.

Live performances[edit]

"Talk To Me" made its live debut on the Rock A Little world tour in 1986. It was also included on the Canadian leg of The Other Side of the Mirror tour set in 1989. It was also performed on the 1991 "Whole Lotta Trouble Tour" to promote her greatest hits album, Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks.

Single release formats[edit]

"Talk To Me" was released as a 7-inch vinyl in many territories in the picture sleeve featured above, with the Nicks-penned "One More Big Time Rock And Roll Star" as its non-album B-side. Promo 7-inch singles with picture sleeve were also released in some countries, including the US, and featured the title track on both sides of the disc.

Picture sleeves varied country by country in its European 7" release, with Spain and Germany using sleeves which featured the artist name and title but no photograph, and the UK using a picture sleeve which featured the black and white photograph of Nicks which was also used for the back cover of the Rock a Little LP sleeve. The single peaked at #68 in the UK.[2]

A 3-track 12" single was issued in the UK and Germany (but with differing picture sleeves), featuring the album version of the title track and "One More Big Time Rock And Roll Star" and "Imperial Hotel" as the B-sides.

A highly collectable promo 12-inch was released in the US featuring a full-colour glossy picture sleeve and additional inner sleeve, whilst the disc featured the title track in mono and stereo.[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

  • Nicks re-recorded the song in 1986 for inclusion on the Time-Life compilation It's Only Rock And Roll
  • Lovedrug included a live recording of "Talk To Me" on the fan-chosen covers album from the I AM LOVEDRUG campaign.[3][4] The album, titled Best of I AM LOVEDRUG,[5] was released on June 28, 2011.[6]

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The song was recorded by Diva Destruction for Todd Stephens' 2001 film Gypsy 83, about a Stevie Nicks fan who travels across the country to attend the annual "Night of a Thousand Stevies" event.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles 14
Australian Singles Chart 22
Canadian RPM Top Singles 6
German Singles Chart 28
UK Singles Chart 68
End-of-year chart (1986) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 57

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