It's My Life (album)

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It's My Life
It's My Life (Talk Talk album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1984
Recorded1983
Genre
Length43:26
LabelEMI (UK)
EMI America (US)
ProducerTim Friese-Greene
Talk Talk chronology
The Party's Over
(1982)
It's My Life
(1984)
The Colour of Spring
(1986)
Singles from It's My Life
  1. "It's My Life"
    Released: 13 January 1984
  2. "Such a Shame"
    Released: March 1984
  3. "Dum Dum Girl"
    Released: 1984
  4. "It's My Life"
    Released: 1985 (reissue)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
Mojo2/5 stars[3]
Q3/5 stars[4]

It's My Life is the second studio album by English band Talk Talk, released in 1984.

Recording[edit]

Mike Oldfield's bass player, Phil Spalding made an uncredited appearance on the album, substituting for Paul Webb on "The Last Time" – "Paul was exclusively a fretless bass player and they needed a fretted bass on this particular track." Spalding admits to having played the whole session while disastrously hung-over, and that – foreshadowing the approach Talk Talk would take on subsequent recordings - Tim Friese-Greene and Mark Hollis insisted that he record a whole afternoon and evening of multiple takes, despite the simplicity of the part. Ian Curnow adds "we always had to go all around the houses to get next door, just in case there was anything that turned up on the other side."[5]

Cover[edit]

The cover to the album was produced by James Marsh, incorporating elements of The Boyhood of Raleigh by John Everett Millais.

Release[edit]

It's My Life was released in February 1984 by record label EMI.

It's My Life was a top 5 hit album in several European countries, thanks to the big international success of its singles (notably "Such a Shame"), and was particularly successful in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany where the album peak-charted at numbers 2, 3 and 4, respectively.[6] In the Netherlands, the album stayed in the charts for 64 weeks between 1984 and 1986.[6] It also reached number 35 in the UK albums chart.[7] In the United States, the album just missed the top 40, reaching number 42.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dum Dum Girl"3:51
2."Such a Shame"Hollis5:42
3."Renée"Hollis6:22
4."It's My Life"
  • Friese-Greene
  • Hollis
3:50
5."Tomorrow Started"Hollis5:57
6."The Last Time"
  • Ian Curnow
  • Hollis
4:23
7."Call in the Night Boy"
  • Simon Brenner
  • Hollis
3:47
8."Does Caroline Know?"
  • Friese-Greene
  • Hollis
4:40
9."It's You"Hollis4:41

Personnel[edit]

Talk Talk
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984–86) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[6] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 27
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 49
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 35
US Billboard 200[8] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "It's My Life – Talk Talk". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Talk Talk". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-199-72636-1. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ Eccleston, Danny (May 2012). "Lost Horizon". Mojo. London (222): 100. ISSN 1351-0193.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (October 2000). "Talk Talk: It's My Life". Q. London (169). Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  5. ^ 'Talk Talk - It's My Life' story on Phil Spalding homepage
  6. ^ a b c "Dutchcharts.nl – Talk Talk – It's My Life" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Talk Talk Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Talk Talk – It's My Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Talk Talk – It's My Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Talk Talk – It's My Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2018.