"Such a Shame" is a song written by Mark Hollis for the English band Talk Talk's second album It's My Life (1984).
It was released as the album's second single in 1984, and became a big hit in continental Europe in 1984 and 1985, reaching the Top 10 in numerous countries, and becoming a number one in certain territories (their second number one single after the remixed version of their song "Talk Talk" which topped the South African charts in 1983); but strangely this single was largely ignored in the UK. In the U.S., the song entered the Billboard Hot 100, and was a Top 20 hit in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. "Such a shame" was inspired by The Dice Man, which was one of lyricist Mark Hollis' favourite books.
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