Thursday, May 13, 2010

PAL - Talk We Don't (1985)

PAL were signed to Motown and this was apparently their only single. It seems Motown was looking for something a little different than their typical soul & R&B at the time, and this song has a more poppy, new wave edge to it (to me it sounds similar to Mai Tai or Say When?, whose "Boys" I posted here earlier). They managed to release an album as well, Truth For The Moment, but it appears neither went anywhere. The remixes are by popular 80s duo John Morales and Sergio Munzibai.

Here is a live performance of the song.

Download Talk We Don't

Talk We Don't (Club Mix)
Talk We Don't (Tribal Mix - Instrumental)
Talk We Don't (Safari Mix)
Talk We Don't (Jungletalk Mix)


  1. Thank you.* :)

    *Request: Haywoode_-_Arrival - Re-Release

  2. You're welcome. But sorry, PWL asked me not to post anything related to them. :(

  3. Wow, I've been looking for this forever, sny chance you could re-up this? Thanks!

  4. The Megaupload link was still working, so I've directed it to that. ;)

  5. Peter Prince/Motown Intl in London was quoted in a book on Motown as follows: "Why Pal didn't make it is a mystery to me." Actually it is not a mystery. First, to correct the year of release of "Talk We Don't" was 1986 while on a European press tour. What is it that you would like to know about Pal? We are PAL - at 2/3 here...

  6. Sorry, my copy says 1985. ;) And please tell us all you can! History, what went on with the label, what you've been up to since... This is one of the more popular posts! Your people want to know!

  7. PAL's musical influences included Eurythmics, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac... Most notably, it was Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) who telephoned Motown and inquired about the group after meeting them at an Eurythmics concert. He had assumed that PAL was already signed to Motown and upon being told they were not, asked "Why."

    The group's name was inspired by "Pal" Shazar of Slow Children as it aptly represented the relationship of the members of the group.

    PAL's music was only released in Europe as it was welcomed by the European licensees who had been anxiously awaiting a new fresh sound from Motown.

    PAL's CD was somewhat altered from their original sound and true musical instincts, but they were lucky enough to maintain some elements true to their musical integrity as was showcased in "Talk We Don't." Simply told, PAL was not an" R&B" group but the record company enlisted the services of a Motown producer attempting to infuse R&B into their music in hopes of serving the American R&B base. This approach was again exercised in Motown's 12 inch remixes of "Talk We Don't" down-playing the breathing drums that were an integral part of the song's original music.

    In January 1986, PAL embarked upon a promotional tour at the request of Motown's European licensees. The official video for the single "Talk We Don't" was produced in London utilizing the original track. PAL was told that their single at that time was the highest debuting single by any new group in Holland. PAL toured England, France, Spain, Germany, Holland and Belgium. They loved it!

    Upon returning to the U.S., Motown was still at a loss as what to do with PAL. Even though the music had been so positively accepted abroad, America was not Europe. Motown never released PAL's music in America and this freed the group from any further recording obligations to Motown.

    Around 1988, PAL disbanded and went on to lead very successful lives in other creative genres.

  8. Hello! can you reupload PAL - Talk We Don't (1985). Thanks!


REMEMBER to let me know if any links are down in the COMMENTS of whatever song you're looking for and I'll try to reup them ASAP. :)