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.
Oscar-Winning Talking Heads and Neil Young Director Jonathan Demme Dies
Jonathan Demme, the Academy Award-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs and several music documentaries, including Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense, has died.
The Story of the Talking Heads' Pivotal 'Stop Making Sense'
From the start, this band never did things the way they were supposed to.
The Story of Talking Heads' Masterpiece, ‘Remain in Light’
The seeds of this album were actually planted on their previous record.
How the Talking Heads Took Their Tentative First Steps With '77'
They hadn't yet discovered funk, or tape loops, or adventurous collaborators, yet there's still a primal, engrossing energy.
How Talking Heads Turned a Corner on 'Fear of Music'
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.
How Talking Heads Avoided the Sophomore Jinx on 'More Songs ...'
As the saying goes, artists have their entire life to make a debut album. The next one? Not so much.
Talking Heads Made Their Americana Move on ‘Little Creatures'
They tried something here that was both unexpected and most expected.
How Talking Heads Found the Sweet Spot on 'Speaking in Tongues'
Talking Heads found the right balance between their artistic and pop sensibilities on May 31, 1983 with 'Speaking in Tongues.'
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.