- It's My Life (Talk Talk song)
Name = It's My Life
from Album = It's My Life
B-side = "Does Caroline Know?"
Released = January 1984
7" vinyl 12" vinyl
Recorded = 1983
Length = 3:53
Mark Hollis Tim Friese-Greene
Producer = Tim Friese-Greene
Last single = "Another Word" (1984)
This single = "It's My Life" (1984)
Next single = "
Such a Shame" (1984)
Misc =Extra chronology 2
Last single = "I Believe in You"
This single = "It's My Life"
Next single = "Life's What You Make It"
(1991)Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Background = khaki
Lower caption = 1990 cover
"It's My Life" is a
synthpopsong written by Mark Hollisand Tim Friese-Greenefor Talk Talk's second album "It's My Life" (1984). The song was re-released twice : first in 1985, then in 1990. In 2003, it was successfully covered by No Doubt.
Talk Talk version
Background and writing
The song was the first collaboration between Hollis and Friese-Greene. [Irvin, Jim. "Paradise Lost". "Mojo": 50–6. February 2006.] "It's My Life" was released as the album's
lead singlein January 1984 (see 1984 in music), which started their drift from straightforward Synthpopsound into more experimental albums. Both the song and the album are synthpop, but their instrumentation is richer than in the debut album. The single went #46 in UKcharts - a relative disappointment - but reached #31 in the U.S.and Netherlandscharts, #30 in Canada, #33 in Germany, #25 in Franceand #7 in Italy(where Talk Talk had a huge success).
In 1990, "It's My Life" was reissued to promote the compilation "Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk". This time, the song was a major hit in the UK
Top 40, charting at #13.
The song is also featured on the
Rockstar Games video gamefor PlayStation Portableand PlayStation 2"" on the 'Flash FM' radio station. No Doubtreleased a cover version of "It's My Life" for its 2003 compilation album " The Singles 1992-2003".
There are two versions of the video for "It's My Life." The first, envisioned by director
Tim Popeas a statement against the banality of lip-synching, consists almost entirely of footage from nature documentaries, interspersed with shots of Talk Talk lead singer Mark Hollisstanding in the midst of the London Zoo, with his mouth pointedly shut tight and often obscured by hand-drawn animated lines. The second version, recorded at the behest of EMI, consisted of the entirety of the original video projected on a green screen behind Hollis and his two bandmates as they lip-synched and mimed the song, deliberately poorly and with comic exaggerated gestures. Hollis was "pissed off" in that shoot.
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