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Life's What You Make It (Talk Talk song)

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Recorded  1985–86
Length  4:29
Genre  New wave
B-side  "It's Getting Late in the Evening"
Released  1985 (Australia, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa) 1986 (other countries) 1990 (re-issue)
Format  7" single 12" maxi CD maxi (1990 version)

"Life's What You Make It" is a song by the English band Talk Talk. It was released as a single in 1985, the first from the band's album The Colour of Spring. The single was a hit in the UK, peaking at no. 16, and charted in numerous other countries, often reaching the Top 20.


Filmed at Wimbledon Common, London, the promotional video for the single shows the band performing in the early hours in a natural history setting. The video, directed by Tim Pope, enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV.

The track was re-released as a single in 1990, charting for a second time.


The song was one of the last to be conceived for The Colour of Spring, following concern from the band's management at the lack of an obvious single among accumulated work. Initially unwilling, Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene, the principal source of original material for the band, accepted the task as a challenge. Friese-Greene: "I had a drum pattern loosely inspired by Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill and Mark was playing Green Onions organ over the top." (Making no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart, "Running Up That Hill" had been released in August 1985.) The track was embellished with David Rhodes' guitar hook.



Cover versions

The Divine Comedy recorded an acoustic version of the song in 1993, available on the limited edition of A Secret History... The Best of the Divine Comedy. German rock band Zinoba recorded a version that featured in the film Gegen die Wand (Head-On), directed by Fatih Akın (2004), during the closing credits. The Gathering covered the song on their 2005 album Accessories – Rarities and B-Sides. A cover version was included as a bonus track on the UK version of Weezer's 2008 album Weezer. Australian post-punk singer Rowland S. Howard also covered the song, on his second solo album Pop Crimes, in 2009. In 2011 the Danish band Dúné recorded a version of the song for the movie ID:A.

On 19 August 2016, Placebo have released a cover version of "Life's What You Make It", as a double A-side along with the single "Jesus' Son". Additionally, the song is included on Placebo's EP Life's What You Make It, released on 7 October 2016.

In popular culture

The track appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2002, where it plays on the pop radio station, Flash FM.


Life's What You Make It (Talk Talk song) Wikipedia

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