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Talking Heads formed in New York City in the mid-’70s and quickly became fixtures in the New Wave scene with spiky songs like ‘Psycho Killer.’ After two albums of jagged, thorny art-rock, they steered into a different direction, adapting more worldly rhythms on their next few albums, peaking with 1980′s genre-shifting ‘Remain in Light,’ one of the most influential albums of the period. In 1983, Talking Heads scored a hit with ‘Burning Down the House,’ and a subsequent tour made the band, particularly frontman David Byrne, unlikely stars. After a few more albums — in which they explored Americana and pop — the band (which also included keyboardist Jerry Harrison, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz) broke up. Married couple Weymouth and Frantz formed Tom Tom Club; Byrne launched a globe-trotting solo career.

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David Byrne Recalls ‘Healing’ Power of Expanded Talking Heads Lineup

Talking Heads' shift to an expanded lineup in the mid-'80s coincided with some of the band's most critically and commercially successful recordings, but for singer David Byrne, the band's musical growth led to even more important personal growth.

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Todd Rundgren Recalls Missed Opportunities to Produce the Who and Talking Heads

Todd Rundgren could easily rest on his legacy as a recording artist, but as rock fans are aware, he's also built up a mighty impressive list of production credits.

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Watch Rare Talking Heads Concert Footage From 1980

The Talking Heads of 1980 sounded like a band with limitless potential.

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30 Years Ago: Talking Heads Release Their Electrifying Live Album, ‘Stop Making Sense’

From the start, Talking Heads never did things the way they were supposed to.

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Talking Heads Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best

For the decade and a half that they held it together, Talking Heads led a charmed musical career.

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35 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’ Marks a Turning Point

The dark, intriguing 'Fear of Music' found the Talking Heads at a crossroads as a band.

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Motorhead vs. Talking Heads – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

Motorhead take on Talking Heads in the first round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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Unreleased Talking Heads Song Surfaces Online

It seems unlikely that we'll ever get new music from Talking Heads, but there are still unexplored corners of the band's legacy -- like 'Theme,' an instrumental track from their early years that's currently making the rounds online.

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Blondie, Talking Heads + More Featured on ‘CBGB’ Soundtrack

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.

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35 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ Album Released

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.

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