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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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Love The Talking Heads. Little Creatures is my favorite album. I caught on to it just as my kids were entering the world.
Love. Me some. Tallking. Heads
Nothing.....
The Stop Making Sense tour, which I was lucky enough to catch, blew my teenage mind. It was the first show I saw that managed to successfully synthesize music, art and multi-media production - and it f**kin' rocked. Start to finish. Still one of the yardsticks by which I measure all other shows.
I'm 61 in 2014. I've heard a lot of music throughout the years. These guys are among my favorites... and there are a lot of bands from which to choose. :-)
thought you morons had quit this stupid crap by now
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started
reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your
lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
My favorite albums were produced by Eno. Everything after that just falls flat for me:(
Talking Heads rule!
jennymancina
Burning down the house!
my brother saw them when they were starting out in the late 70's at cedars lounge in downtown youngstown. someone had thrown a paper airplane in the air and david byrne was fixated on it, trance-like, until it fell, never missing a beat in his performance.
my favorite band. innovative and interesting.
Talking heads good good music
Introduced to them the first time on SNL. Purchased More Songs LP... Hit them while on tour concert back in the 80's but my glasses broke just B4 the show. Got to listen & dance though.... Fun times!
So glad my dad introduced me to all of his 80's music, I wish I had grown up in the 80's, best music ever!!
I remember David saying to me in a club, never trust your cat!
Fear of music was a good one along with More songs about buildings and food......th o s e were the good years :)
Then switch stations if you don't like talking heads f(u¢k face
ph724
Met David at CBGB in New York. Either he was really stoned or just out there but when I introduced myself to him he said and I quote" my Balls are the Master of the Universe" what a genius !! Love him !!
wish it would stop suggesting this crap
This song is my song from 80s college
"For a long time I felt, without style or grace. Wear shoes with no socks, in cold weather!" Gotta love Mr. Byrne's lyrical insight!
most post have been way too long ago, get with it, talking heads man !!!
Lovel
The God-like genius of Johnny Marr!!!!
Not a big fan but when I hit Marthas Vineyard in the summer of 78 it was TALKING HEADS COUNTRY.Ever y juke box had the entire album not just a hit or two.You could still hitch hike around the Island and heard Talking Heads on every car radio.Who would have thought having a Geek front man would work.That dude did a blast of coke and hit the stage.Patti Smith was in traction after she fell off a stage leaving the playing field wide open.I had to buy her albums in Boston.good juke box silliness time
What a great band, what a great song!
T heads... On one
Psycho Killer... qu'est-ce que c'est?
77 was by far their best album
mputney2794
Psycho Killer Qest que say
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
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!!
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