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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Once In A Lifetime / This Must Be the Place [Naïve Melody] [Live at the Pantages Theatre, December 1983] [Digital 45]

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Track List: Burning Down The House / I Get Wild/Wild Gravity [Digital 45]

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Track List: Bonus Rarities & Outtakes

1. I Want To Live

2. New Feeling (Alternate Version)

3. First Week / Last Week....Carefree

4. A Clean Break (Let's Work Live at CBGB's, 10/10/77)

5. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (David Byrne Solo Acoustic Version)

6. I'm Not Ready Yet (David Byrne Solo Acoustic Version)

7. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Alternate Version)

8. Warning Sign (Alternate Version)

9. Artists Only (Alternate Version)

10. Electricity (Instrumental)

11. Drugs (Alternate Version)

12. I Zimbra (12' Version)

13. Crosseyed And Painless (Alternate Version)

14. The Lady Don't Mind (Moog March Version)

15. People Like Us (John Goodman Vocal Version)

16. Gangster Of Love

17. Lifetime Piling Up (Remastered)

18. Popsicle

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Track List: The Best Of Talking Heads

1. Love - Building On Fire

2. Psycho Killer

3. Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town

4. Take Me To The River

5. Found A Job

6. Life During Wartime

7. Heaven

8. Memories Can't Wait

9. Once In A Lifetime

10. Houses In Motion

11. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

12. Girlfriend Is Better

13. Burning Down The House

14. Road To Nowhere

15. And She Was

16. Wild Wild Life

17. Blind

18. (Nothing But) Flowers

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Track List: Once In A Lifetime: The Talking Heads Box

1. Sugar On My Tongue (Remastered)

2. Love -> Building On Fire

3. I Wish You Wouldn't Say That (Remastered)

4. Don't Worry About The Government (Remastered Version)

5. Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town (Remastered Alternate Version)

6. New Feeling (Remastered Alternate Version)

7. Pulled Up (Remastered)

8. Psycho Killer (Remastered)

9. Warning Sign (Remastered)

10. Artists Only (Remastered)

11. Tentative Decisions (Remastered)

12. No Compassion (Remastered)

13. Stay Hungry (Remastered)

14. I'm Not In Love (Remastered)

15. The Book I Read (Remastered)

16. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Remastered)

17. Found A Job (Remastered)

18. A Clean Break (Remastered Live Version)

19. Take Me To The River (Remastered)

20. The Big Country (Remastered)

21. Heaven (Remastered)

22. I Zimbra (Remastered)

23. Cities (Remastered Alternate Version)

24. Life During Wartime (Remastered)

25. Air (Remastered)

26. Memories Can't Wait (Remastered)

27. Drugs (Remastered Alternate Version)

28. Once In A Lifetime (Remastered)

29. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) (Remastered)

30. Listening Wind (Remastered)

31. Houses In Motion (Remastered)

32. Crosseyed And Painless (Remastered)

33. Burning Down The House (Remastered)

34. Making Flippy Floppy (Remastered)

35. Girlfriend Is Better (Remastered)

36. Slippery People (Remastered)

37. Swamp (Remastered)

38. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Remastered)

39. And She Was (Remastered)

40. Stay Up Late (Remastered)

41. Creatures Of Love (Remastered)

42. The Lady Don't Mind (Remastered)

43. Road To Nowhere (Remastered)

44. Wild Wild Life (Remastered)

45. Love For Sale (Remastered)

46. People Like Us (Remastered)

47. Puzzlin' Evidence (Remastered)

48. City Of Dreams (Remastered)

49. Blind (Remastered)

50. Mr. Jones (Remastered)

51. The Democratic Circus (Remastered)

52. [Nothing But] Flowers

53. In Asking Land (Remastered Version Outtake)

54. Sax And Violins (Remastered)

55. Lifetime Piling Up (Remastered)

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Track List: The Best Of- Once In A Lifetime

1. Psycho Killer

2. Take Me To The River

3. Once In A Lifetime

4. Burning Down The House

5. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

6. Slippery People (Live)

7. Life During Wartime (Live)

8. And She Was

9. Road To Nowhere

10. Wild Wild Life

11. Blind

12. (Nothing But) Flowers

13. Sax And Violins

14. Lifetime Piling Up

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Track List: Sand In The Vaseline: Popular Favorites (1976-1983)

Disc 1

1. Sugar On My Tongue

2. I Want To Live

3. Love - Building On Fire

4. I Wish You Wouldn't Say That

5. Psycho Killer

6. Don't Worry About The Government

7. No Compassion

8. Warning Sign

9. The Big Country

10. Take Me To The River

11. Heaven

12. Memories Can't Wait

13. I Zimbra

14. Once In A Lifetime

15. Crosseyed And Painless

16. Burning Down The House

17. Swamp

18. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Disc 2
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Track List: Popular Favorites 1976-1992: Sand In The Vaseline

1. Sugar On My Tongue

2. I Want To Live

3. Love -> Building On Fire

4. I Wish You Wouldn't Say That

5. Psycho Killer

6. Don't Worry About The Government

7. No Compassion

8. Warning Sign

9. The Big Country

10. Take Me To The River

11. Heaven

12. Memories Can't Wait

13. I Zimbra

14. Once In A Lifetime

15. Crosseyed And Painless

16. Burning Down The House

17. Swamp

18. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

19. Life During Wartime (Live)

20. Girlfriend Is Better (Live)

21. And She Was

22. Stay Up Late

23. Road To Nowhere

24. Wild Wild Life

25. Love For Sale

26. City Of Dreams

27. Mr. Jones

28. Blind

29. [Nothing But] Flowers

30. Sax And Violins

31. Gangster Of Love

32. Lifetime Piling Up

33. Popsicle

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Track List: Naked

1. Blind

2. Mr. Jones

3. Totally Nude

4. Ruby Dear

6. The Democratic Circus

7. The Facts Of Life

8. Mommy Daddy You And I

9. Big Daddy

10. Bill

11. Cool Water

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Track List: Naked [W/Bonus Track]

1. Blind

2. Mr. Jones

3. Totally Nude

4. Ruby Dear

6. The Democratic Circus

7. The Facts Of Life

8. Mommy Daddy You And I

9. Big Daddy

10. Bill

11. Cool Water

12. Sax And Violins

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Track List: True Stories

1. Love For Sale

2. Puzzlin' Evidence

3. Hey Now

4. Papa Legba

5. Wild Wild Life

6. Radio Head

7. Dream Operator

8. People Like Us

9. City Of Dreams

10. Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix)

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Track List: And She Was / And She Was [Dub] [Digital 45]

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Track List: Little Creatures (Deluxe Version)

1. And She Was (2005 Remastered Version)

2. Give Me Back My Name (2005 Remastered Version)

3. Creatures Of Love (2005 Remastered Version)

4. The Lady Don't Mind (2005 Remastered Version)

5. Perfect World (2005 Remastered Version)

6. Stay Up Late (2005 Remastered Version)

7. Walk It Down (2005 Remastered Version)

8. Television Man (2005 Remastered Version)

9. Road To Nowhere (2005 Remastered Version)

10. Road To Nowhere (Early Version)

11. And She Was (Early Version)

12. Television Man (Extended Mix)

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Track List: Little Creatures

1. And She Was

2. Give Me Back My Name

3. Creatures Of Love

4. The Lady Don't Mind

5. Perfect World

6. Stay Up Late

7. Walk It Down

8. Television Man

9. Road To Nowhere

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Track List: Stop Making Sense (Special New Edition) (Live)

1. Psycho Killer (Live 1984)

2. Heaven (Live 1984)

3. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Live 1984)

4. Found A Job (Live 1984)

5. Slippery People (Live 1984)

6. Burning Down The House (Live 1984)

7. Life During Wartime (Live 1984)

8. Making Flippy Floppy (Live 1984)

9. Swamp (Live 1984)

10. What A Day That Was (Live 1984)

11. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Live 1984)

12. Once In A Lifetime (Live 1984)

13. Genius Of Love (Tom Tom Club) (Live 1984)

14. Girlfriend Is Better (Live 1984)

15. Take Me To The River (Live 1984)

16. Crosseyed And Painless (Live 1984)

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Track List: Speaking In Tongues (Deluxe Version)

1. Burning Down The House

2. Making Flippy Floppy

3. Girlfriend Is Better

4. Slippery People

5. I Get Wild / Wild Gravity

6. Swamp

7. Moon Rocks

8. Pull Up The Roots

9. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

10. Two Note Swivel (Unfinished Outtake)

11. Burning Down The House (Alternate Version)

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Track List: Speaking In Tongues

1. Burning Down The House

2. Making Flippy Floppy

3. Girlfriend Is Better

4. Slippery People

5. I Get Wild / Wild Gravity

6. Swamp

7. Moon Rocks

8. Pull Up The Roots

9. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

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Track List: Remain In Light

1. Born Under Punches

2. Crosseyed And Painless

3. The Great Curve

4. Once In A Lifetime

5. Houses In Motion

6. Seen And Not Seen

7. Listening Wind

8. The Overload

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Track List: Remain In Light (Deluxe Version)

1. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) (2005 Remastered Version)

2. Crosseyed And Painless (2005 Remastered Version)

3. The Great Curve (2005 Remastered Version)

4. Once In A Lifetime (2005 Remastered Version)

5. Houses In Motion (2005 Remastered Version)

6. Seen And Not Seen (2005 Remastered Version)

7. Listening Wind (2005 Remastered Version)

8. The Overload (2005 Remastered Version)

9. Fela's Riff (Unfinished Outtake)

10. Unison (Unfinished Outtake)

11. Double Groove (Unfinished Outtake)

12. Right Start (Unfinished Outtake)

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Track List: Fear Of Music

1. I Zimbra

2. Mind

3. Paper

4. Cities

5. Life During Wartime

6. Memories Can't Wait

7. Air

8. Heaven

9. Animals

10. Electric Guitar

11. Drugs

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Track List: Fear Of Music (Deluxe Version) (Remastered 2005)

1. I Zimbra

2. Mind

3. Paper

4. Cities

5. Life During Wartime

6. Memories Can't Wait

7. Air

8. Heaven

9. Animals

10. Electric Guitar

11. Drugs

12. Dancing For Money (Unfinished Outtake)

13. Life During Wartime (Alternate Version)

14. Cities (Alternate Version)

15. Mind (Alternate Version)

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Track List: More Songs About Buildings and Food

1. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel

2. With Our Love

3. The Good Thing

4. Warning Sign

5. The Girls Want To Be With The Girls

6. Found A Job

7. Artists Only

8. I'm Not In Love

9. Stay Hungry

10. Take Me To The River

11. The Big Country

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Track List: More Songs About Buildings And Food (Deluxe Version)

1. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (2005 Remastered Version)

2. With Our Love (2005 Remastered Version)

3. The Good Thing (2005 Remastered Version)

4. Warning Sign (2005 Remastered Version)

5. The Girl Wants To Be With The Girls (2005 Remastered Version)

6. Found A Job (2005 Remastered Version)

7. Artists Only (2005 Remastered Version)

8. I'm Not In Love (2005 Remastered Version)

9. Stay Hungry (2005 Remastered Version)

10. Take Me To The River (2005 Remastered Version)

11. The Big Country (2005 Remastered Version)

12. Stay Hungry (Remastered 1977 Version)

13. I'm Not In Love (Alternate Version)

14. The Big Country (Alternate Version)

15. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Country Angel Version)

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Track List: Take Me To The River (Edit) / Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Version) (Digital 45)

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Track List: Talking Heads 77 (Remastered)

1. Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town

2. New Feeling

3. Tentative Decisions

4. Happy Day

5. Who Is It?

6. No Compassion

7. The Book I Read

8. Don't Worry About The Government

9. First Week / Last Week.... Carefree

10. Psycho Killer

11. Pulled Up

12. Love - Building On Fire

13. I Wish You Wouldn't Say That

14. Psycho Killer (Acoustic)

15. I Feel It In My Heart

16. Sugar On My Tongue

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Track List: Talking Heads: 77

1. Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town

2. New Feeling

3. Tentative Decisions

4. Happy Day

5. Who Is It?

6. No Compassion

7. The Book I Read

8. Don't Worry About The Government

9. First Week/Last Week...Carefree

10. Psycho Killer

11. Pulled Up

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