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Talking Heads

At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits. While some of their music can seem too self-consciously experimental, clever, and intellectual for its own good, at their best Talking Heads represent everything good about art-school punks.

And they were literally art-school punks. Guitarist/vocalist David Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz, and bassist Tina Weymouth met at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early '70s; they decided to move to New York in 1974 to concentrate on making music. The next year, the band won a spot opening for the Ramones at the seminal New York punk club CBGB. In 1976, keyboardist Jerry Harrison, a former member of Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers, was added to the lineup. By 1977, the band had signed to Sire Records and released its first album, Talking Heads: 77. It received a considerable amount of acclaim for its stripped-down rock & roll, particularly Byrne's geeky, overly intellectual lyrics and uncomfortable, jerky vocals.

For their next album, 1978's More Songs About Buildings and Food, the band worked with producer Brian Eno, recording a set of carefully constructed, arty pop songs, distinguished by extensive experimenting with combined acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as touches of surprisingly credible funk. On their next album, the Eno-produced Fear of Music, Talking Heads began to rely heavily on their rhythm section, adding flourishes of African-styled polyrhythms. This approach came to a full fruition with 1980's Remain in Light, which was again produced by Eno. Talking Heads added several sidemen, including a horn section, leaving them free to explore their dense amalgam of African percussion, funk bass and keyboards, pop songs, and electronics.

After a long tour, the band concentrated on solo projects for a couple of years. By the time of 1983's Speaking in Tongues, the band had severed its ties with Eno; the result was an album that still relied on the rhythmic innovations of Remain in Light, except within a more rigid pop-song structure. After its release, Talking Heads embarked on another extensive tour, which was captured on the Jonathan Demme-directed concert film Stop Making Sense. After releasing the straightforward pop album Little Creatures in 1985, Byrne directed his first movie, True Stories, the following year; the band's next album featured songs from the film. Two years later, Talking Heads released Naked, which marked a return to their worldbeat explorations, although it sometimes suffered from Byrne's lyrical pretensions.

After its release, Talking Heads were put on "hiatus"; Byrne pursued some solo projects, as did Harrison, and Frantz and Weymouth continued with their side project, Tom Tom Club. In 1991, the band issued an announcement that they had broken up. Shortly thereafter, Harrison's production took off with successful albums by Live and Crash Test Dummies. In 1996, the original lineup minus Byrne reunited for the album No Talking Just Head; Byrne sued Frantz, Weymouth, and Harrison for attempting to record and perform as Talking Heads, so the trio went by the Heads. In 1999, all four worked together to promote a 15th-anniversary edition of Stop Making Sense, and they also performed at the 2002 induction ceremony for their entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through the 2010s, Byrne released a number of solo and collaborative projects. Tom Tom Club continued to tour, while Harrison produced albums for the likes of No Doubt, the Von Bondies, and Hockey. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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There was nothing better then the 80's music I loved it all .....amazing musick back then
One band I'll never be fortunate enough to see perform together. Such great music and imaginative lyrics, definitely a once in a lifetime band.
If I remember right they used a talking heads song in every ROTN movie's
The live version of pulled up(pull me up)_the best!
its a funny old world??
Can't believe they failed to mention that the Talking Heads song Burning Down The House was in the 1984 hit movie Revenge Of The Nerds
Theres more love to spread around. Love Talking Heads.. Love David's voice. Haters gonna hate.. ^_^
80's was the best........ . . .
am95247. . . your reading comprehensio n needs some work
bryanebm..ye r a no talent hack if you dont see the music here
amye45
Yep, funny funny stuff. I'm switching to your approach.
no talent hacks. . . rely on gimmicks. . . thumbs down losers. . . i think he is hilarious and every time i like a band and then check the comments i'm always a little disappointed if he hasn't dissed them already
amye45
obviously Talking Heads hasn't played on bobonit channel or he would have said they are boring, pretentious and over rated. what is that dude's problem. I never comment a dislike, I go skip or thumbs down and move on to something I actually enjoy - like Talking Heads number one all time forever favorite artists. loved them from 1979 until today. I have never not said they were my all time favorite band.
I love this band Talking Heads never get old to me ;)
Sometimes I freak myself out.
Oh Yes, Talking Head were always Way Ahead! They make a Art Performance Music.
Once In A Lifetime takes me back to the 1980's MTV days when I could watch Talking Heads music videos.
1:kiss ur left hand
2: say ur crushes name
3:close ur hand
4:say ur name
5:say a school day
6:post this on at least 15 more songs and ur crush will ask u out on the day u said
My car broke down on the parkway. Got it towed to service station.whil e waiting heard the song Found A Job the dj said it was Talking Heads. From then on I was hooked

brettjb36
love it...thanks Pandora!!
This Must Be The Place. I LOVE THIS SONG. I HAVEN'T HEARD THIS IN FOREVER. THANK YOU PANDORA.
Saw them early on never recovered great band David solo stuff is excellent,!! ! Rei Momo is a great album. Sat on many a staircase in soho with a view of the towers after seeing the talking heads. That's when open containers were expected fun time great memories
77 is probably my pick for one of the top albums of the 70's. Just an outstanding effort by one of the great bands of that era. When the 'Heads were in their prime they were a phenomenal act. Saw them several times and was never disappointed .
nicko252008
Talking heads rule!!!!
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hey; some of the words here are out of order!? oh well...sure miss the 80's. too old to tell
How long before it spreads?
DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORRO W WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY.1. say your name ten times.2. say your mom's name five times.3. say your crushes three times.4. paste this to four other games.If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday.But if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck.SEND THIS TO 4 GAMES IN 143 MINUTE
It was snowing like crazy one nigh whe I came upon Spener broke down at State and Main.After we got the truck running,we went over to my pad where he turned me on to these Talkin Heads guys.
davidi47
In 1981 I was a young Airman stationed overseas and had spent all my money on stereo gear...While searchig through the $1 bargain records I saw an album called Remain in Light by The Talking Heads...Neve r heard of them but liked the cover and bought it...HOLY COW!!! I lived in the barracks and all the other guys came knocking on my door...WHO IS THAT???!!! Everyone wanted to know...What more can I say.
Yep. Those clams were definitely tainted...
This ain't no party.....
WTF? Are you talking about the talking heads? They are to brilliant too artistic for alot of people. I am a fan for life.
This Must Be The Place. Believe what you want to believe BUT I KNOW WHAT IS TRUE AND YOU DON'T
Making flippy floppy...heh e lol...
Once in a lufetime... once in a lifetime song and video kewl.
Stay up Late...funny lyrics good song
We got computers, we're tapping phone lines. You know that ain't allowed!
Take me to the River was the song that got me into Talking Heads. Isn't it about being babtized?
This Must be the Place always puts me in a super mood! Love this band!
Loved this band. Got all their cds. Unique, inventive band. Wish they'd get back together.
I love the Talking Heads I've been listening to them since 6th Grade. I'm turning 17 in November and I still love them <3
Sadly one band I'll never get the chance to see perform. I wish Bryne could drop the bad feelings between him and his former band mates, it's the only way I'd get to see them perform together.
mneuser54241
i saw lou 15 ywaers ago the day still give me shivers
mneuser54241
loooooo
Doesn't get much better

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Think I may have had some tainted clams...
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