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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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Burning down the house, same as it ever was. Nice. Not for everybody. But good enough for me
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Aye aye aye aye aye!
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rabrwn7
Take me to the riveeeeeeeee r
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megan1490
Mattie dancing to this song at the beginning of 13 the movie
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You are the best guy
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amye45
I didn't know DB's xwife was a dinner guest in the movie Beatle Juice - the scene where they are possessed to dance to the Banana Boat Song :)
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an ordinary guy
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Cool Baby. Im and ordinary guy...
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Now we are talking...
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One of my favorite songs, good memories
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The Name of This Band is Talking Heads == my absolute favourite live album I've ever heard.
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walksinwater 7
This is the one track I never get tired of hearing, and I rive it up to catch Gina's funky bass groove and dance away.
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I'm a huge Talking Heads fan!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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365degreezbu r n i n g d o w n t h e h o u s e
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Good song
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Once there was this band, talking heads. What happen?
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Once In A Lifetime was in the soundtrack of Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
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David Bryne may of written the lyrics to Pyscho Killer in high school, but not in Providence,R I . He was born in Scotland, then his family moved to Cannada. He did attend Rhode Island School of Design much later.
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The good ol days Fort Hood Texas ADA !!!!
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I was at the roxy in '78 and then again backstage for the stop making sense tour. Memories for a lifetime,
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It probably didn't cost very much to pay for the lyrics either so much better with the lyrics anyway.
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I agree! I prefer the lyrics included! I teach high school and sometimes use music to teach poetry. Bummed they are no longer here! Put them back, Pandora!!
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I believe maybe you're looking for the band's live movie directed by Jonathan Demme called Stop Making Sense ?
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Isn't this song from a movie soundtrack from back in the 80s ? Anybody knows what the name of the movie is?
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NO lyrics takes a lot away from my interest in Pandora. Being able to read the lyrics made a wonderful addition to my personal level of overall enjoyment of musical exploration. Please rethink that unfortunate mistake Pandora! PEACE
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"I'M GOING TO PULL YOU UP UP UP UP , AHHHH!"
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Byrne made high school great stoned in car
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Where's the lyrics ????
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Don't read this cuz it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday possible by the one you love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However if you will die now that you started reading this you can't stop. This is scary. Post this on five songs in 134 minutes. When done press 6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary cuz it actually works
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Fu©k off you spam trolls. You know what else really work's. Shoot yourself in the face ten times in ten minutes with a twelve gage shotgun and you will be magically DEAD.
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evansmoustac h e
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and past this in 10 comments in 10 minutes you. Will have the best day of your life tomorow you will be kissed it asked out if you break this chain you will see.a. Little girl in your room tonight in the next 4 minutes someone will say I love you or im sorry
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Say your name 10 times
Say your moms name 5 times
Say your crushes name 3 times
Post this on 4 other songs
You will be kissed Friday
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Some people run run away . Don't look any more stupid then you are .
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marketingpro s 1 2 3
Very creative and captivating music. Love Once in a life time and all the rest.
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thank the stars!!!
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What! No lyrics anymore?
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No other like David Byrne!!!!
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Jamming band listening for long time
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I think my favorite song of their's would be Once in a Lifetime.
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I'm consider
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such an amazing band! definitely a top 5 for me
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This song would be a scary future
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David Byrne wrote psycho killer In back of a high school in providence, Rhode Island
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willis.mj
I remember when '77 came out. I was at school and someone else had a copy. Everyone was raving about Psycho Killer. Brilliant.
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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.
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Love. Me some. Tallking. Heads
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Nothing.....
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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.
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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. :-)
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thought you morons had quit this stupid crap by now
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