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What is the best Talking Heads album?

They came out of the same Lower East Side NYC scene as Blondie, The Ramones, Television, The Dead Boys, etc. Intentionally "arty" and sometimes difficult, but often catchy and wildly experimental (with some memorable side projects). Their career lasted only ten years, including a few big hits. But they've always been considered an "album" band. What is your favorite?

by Anonymousreply 2210/16/2020

Don't forget The Tom Tom Club! I like them better than the Talking Heads.

by Anonymousreply 110/16/2020

David Byrne was reportedly horrible to work with. Just ask The B-52's!

by Anonymousreply 210/16/2020

R2 ...or every other member of Talking Heads.

by Anonymousreply 310/16/2020

We watched TRUE STORIES again recently. I don't think I'd seen it since it was shown heavily on cable in the early 90's.

It's not great, but I think overall ahead of its time in its intentionally deconstructed, campy approach. David Byrne does get annoying after awhile. His manner is too affected. We loved some of the lesser known actresses of the time like Swoozie Kurtz as the rich lady, Annie McEnroe, and Jo Harvey Allen as the lying woman... she steals the show!

by Anonymousreply 410/16/2020

R2 = Chris & Tina, unable to let it go

by Anonymousreply 510/16/2020

R5 Hi David!

by Anonymousreply 610/16/2020

I always loved David Byrne and Brian Eno's MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS album. In a sense I've always considered it a Talking Heads record, sort of. It's so "arty 80's," with its use of samples, world beats and overall angular and disconnected sound.

I bought it as a teen in 1981 mainly because I loved the cover so much, and was already familiar with Talking Heads.

This record opened up my ears to Brian Eno, and I soon discovered his "ambient" series... another private obsession from my 80's youth.

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by Anonymousreply 710/16/2020

People go nuts for this song. I don’t get it.

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by Anonymousreply 810/16/2020

Fear of Music or remains in the light, hands down

by Anonymousreply 910/16/2020

R8 Yeah, I hear that song everywhere. It's crossed over into "muzak" territory. I hear it at the grocery store, call on-hold music, the airport, etc.

by Anonymousreply 1010/16/2020

I agree. Remain in Light is their masterpiece. With Fear of Music a close second. Both were challenging and experimental, but also each contained one big hit.

Remain in Light mixed electronics and world beats (unusual at the time). Those first long three songs on the album are soaring! But it also had "Once in a Lifetime," probably their signature hit an early example of 80's rock video aesthetics.

Fear of Music was more intentionally bleak and austere, but had "Life During Wartime," a funky song with serious groove that got lots of radio play.

by Anonymousreply 1110/16/2020

R11 Gerry Todd agrees!

by Anonymousreply 1210/16/2020

R12 I love you! SCTV reference!

by Anonymousreply 1310/16/2020

I thought "Stop Making Sense" was just the live movie? It's an album? Or are we talking the soundtrack to the film?

by Anonymousreply 1410/16/2020

He was working with the B-52's on Mesopotamia, but they had a conflict of interest and they released it as an EP. Still a good album, though. Wonder what the problem was.

by Anonymousreply 1510/16/2020

Remain in Light musically but its not their greatest party album and the Heads were a great party band.

by Anonymousreply 1610/16/2020

Mesopotamia still sounds pretty good. Love Cake.

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by Anonymousreply 1710/16/2020

Speaking In Tongues is a MASTERPIECE. It broke them through into stardom. MTV age helped too. "Burning Down The House"...they played that video every hour. Girlfriend Is Better? Total banger.

It all went down hill for them, creatively, after this record. The subsequent ones don't have bite.

by Anonymousreply 1810/16/2020

The STOP MAKING SENSE live album and film was super-popular in the late 80's. It introduced their older songs to a whole new mainstream audience. "Psycho Killer" is still well-known because of this film.

by Anonymousreply 1910/16/2020

R19 I've watched that film more times than I can count. If any of you who haven't seen STOP MAKING SENSE on the big screen get the chance (well, post-Covid), you simply must! It is such an experience. I always get choked up. It is such a life-affirming event, like a revival tent situation.

by Anonymousreply 2010/16/2020

R11 read my mind

by Anonymousreply 2110/16/2020

R8: because that song is a masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 2210/16/2020
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