Mark Hollis of Talk Talk was a genius and legend in the music world, as far as I’m concerned. Upon hearing of his passing today, I wrote the following for my Tandem With The Random blog.

Tandem With The Random

Mark Hollis (Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images) Mark Hollis (Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

It was a usual morning for me. As I was making myself breakfast and drinking my first cup of coffee of the day at the kitchen counter, I was listening to the morning show on WXPN out of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

They were going through the day’s music notes when suddenly I heard, “And Mark Hollis, the frontman for Talk Talk…”

I literally felt my heart sink at that point because I feared what was coming next. I mean, for a millisecond, I hoped beyond hope that the next words I would hear would be, “…has emerged for the first time in over 20 years with new music.”

They weren’t. Mark Hollis of Talk Talk was dead at 64.

Many only know Talk Talk from their early to mid-80s synth pop era, when they produced songs like “Talk Talk” and “It’s…

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