This October will see the premiere of 'CBGB," a movie about the legendary Manhattan club that witnessed the birth of punk. Yesterday (Aug. 2), the contents of the soundtrack were released, and it contains some of that scene's most familiar names.
As the saying goes, artists have their entire life to make a debut album, but only a year to record the follow-up. But Talking Heads managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx on their second album, 'More Songs About Buildings and Food,' which was released in July 1978.
After charting a steadily upward commercial trajectory with their first four albums, Talking Heads appeared poised for a breakthrough with their fifth LP, 'Speaking in Tongues.' And that's exactly what they achieved, selling a million records and scoring their first (as well as only) Top 10 single.
It's tough separating Talking Heads' lyrics from their music. After all, they were famous for their innovative use of rhythm, and brought African and other musical ideas from around the world long before Paul Simon and other pop stars got there. But even as they became global-music stars, slipping polyr
In a way, Talking Heads’ eighth and final album, ‘Naked,’ was a reaction to Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland,’ which introduced world music to mainstream audiences in 1986. Then again, Talking Heads got there before Simon, incorporating African rhythms into their songs way back in 1980’s landmark ‘Remain in Light.’ But after 1983’s ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ which featured similar world-music junctures, and the massive world tour that followed, the group began scaling back.
Talking Heads were one of the strangest groups to come out of the punk and New Wave movements of the mid-to-late '70s, and not just because frontman David Byrne was a total oddball. In an era where fans were forced to take sides among the classic roc
Talking Heads' jagged, quirky brand of NYC new-wave/punk had been a fixture of the emerging CBGB scene during the mid-70s. But their studio debut, the now 35-year-old '77,' brought their idiosyncratic tunes to a wider audience, influencing an entire generation of brainy misfit punks.
Talking Heads were ready to dispel the idea in 1980 that they were David Byrne and "three other musicians." Not only was their album a more collaborative effort, they wanted to drive the point home by having all four members appear on the 'Remain in Light' album cover.
David Byrne has explored his fascination with the female voice in the past with the 'Here Lies Love' project, which featured a number of women rockers. But this time around he's settled on just one female muse to join him on record for a new project.
Interesting attire and visuals were Talking Heads trademarks, and the band was anything but predictable when it came to recording outside material. This way of doing things seems to have rubbed off on Florence + the Machine.
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