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.
Selected Discography: 'Talking Heads: 77' (1977), 'Remain in Light' (1980), 'Stop Making Sense' (1984)
Released on Aug. 3, 1979, the Talking Heads' Fear of Music found David Byrne's always-offbeat observations set to turbulent, often strikingly ominous music beds that grew out of loose, but ultimately uncredited full-band jams.
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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