Talking Heads

Talking Heads

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Talking Heads were a new wave band which formed in 1974 in New York City, New York, United States. The band originally consisted of David Byrne (vocals, guitar), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Chris Frantz (drums), who had met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. The band added Jerry Harrison (guitar) in early 1977. The band released eight studio albums before disbanding in 1991. Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Remain in Light
    Remain in Light
  • Stop Making Sense
    Stop Making Sense
  • Little Creatures
    Little Creatures
  • Speaking in Tongues
    Speaking in Tongues
  • The Best of Talking Heads
    The Best of Talking Heads
  • Fear of Music
    Fear of Music
  • More Songs About Buildings and Food
    More Songs About Buildings and Food
  • Talking Heads: 77
    Talking Heads: 77
  • Speaking In Tongues [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
    Speaking In Tongues [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
  • Naked
    Naked
  • True Stories
    True Stories
  • 77
    77
  • Remain In Light [w/Bonus Tracks]
    Remain In Light [w/Bonus Tracks]
  • The Best of
    The Best of
  • Essential
    Essential
  • The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
    The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
  • Speaking In Tongues [w/Bonus Tracks]
    Speaking In Tongues [w/Bonus Tracks]
  • Talking Heads 77
    Talking Heads 77
  • Sand in the Vaseline
    Sand in the Vaseline
  • Once In A Lifetime: The Talking Heads Box
    Once In A Lifetime: The Talking Heads Box
  • Remain In Light [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
    Remain In Light [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
  • Little Creatures [w/Bonus Tracks]
    Little Creatures [w/Bonus Tracks]
  • Talking Heads 77 [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
    Talking Heads 77 [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
  • Best Of Talking Heads
    Best Of Talking Heads
  • Popular Favorites 1976-1992: Sand In The Vaseline
    Popular Favorites 1976-1992: Sand In The Vaseline
  • Fear Of Music [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
    Fear Of Music [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
  • Bonus Rarities & Outtakes
    Bonus Rarities & Outtakes
  • Once In A Lifetime
    Once In A Lifetime
  • True Stories [w/Bonus Tracks]
    True Stories [w/Bonus Tracks]
  • Naked [w/Bonus Track]
    Naked [w/Bonus Track]
  • Stop Making Sense (Special Edition)
    Stop Making Sense (Special Edition)
  • More Songs About Buildings And Food [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
    More Songs About Buildings And Food [w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet]
  • Live on Tour
    Live on Tour
  • Remixed
    Remixed
  • The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (disc 1: 1977-1979)
    The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (disc 1: 1977-1979)
  • The Collection
    The Collection
  • More Songs About Buildings And
    More Songs About Buildings And
  • The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (disc 2: 1980-1981)
    The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (disc 2: 1980-1981)
  • Once in a Lifetime: The Best Of
    Once in a Lifetime: The Best Of
  • Once in a Lifetime (disc 2)
    Once in a Lifetime (disc 2)
  • Popular Favorites 1984-1992: Sand in the Vaseline (disc 2)
    Popular Favorites 1984-1992: Sand in the Vaseline (disc 2)
  • Once in a Lifetime (disc 3)
    Once in a Lifetime (disc 3)
  • Once in a Lifetime (disc 1)
    Once in a Lifetime (disc 1)
  • 12x12 Original Remixes
    12x12 Original Remixes
  • Popular Favorites 1976-1992/Sand In the Vaseline
    Popular Favorites 1976-1992/Sand In the Vaseline
  • 1981-02-27: Sun Palace, Tokyo, Japan
    1981-02-27: Sun Palace, Tokyo, Japan
  • Talking Heads Brick
    Talking Heads Brick
  • SpeakingTongues
    SpeakingTongues

Talking Heads. Artist Bio

Talking Heads were a new wave band which formed in 1974 in New York City, New York, United States. The band originally consisted of David Byrne (vocals, guitar), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Chris Frantz (drums), who had met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. The band added Jerry Harrison (guitar) in early 1977. The band released eight studio albums before disbanding in 1991. Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Talking Heads first appeared on the New York music scene as a trio in 1974. At the time, the band consisted only of Byrne, Frantz and Weymouth and was initially called The Artistics. By 1975, the band had recorded a demo album for CBS Records and landed a gig opening for the Ramones at CBGB in June 1975, which was the first time the band used the name Talking Heads. The band was signed to Sire Records in late 1976 and the group released their first single, "Love → Building on Fire" in February 1977. In March 1977, the band added Jerry Harrison, formerly of Jonathan Richman's band The Modern Lovers.

Their first album, Talking Heads: 77 was released soon afterward and did not contain the earlier single. Although it did include the underground singles Psycho Killer and Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town. Despite being regulars at New York's legendary cbgb, the band only began to break through further with the landmark Brian Eno-produced, 1978 album More Songs About Buildings and Food, an album which continued in the same vein, but with a more accessible style, wittier lyrics, and ultimately better songs. It was a great critical hit with subject matter ranging from home movies to the art world. It also included their cover of Take Me To The River. On the following year's Fear of Music the band started to dabble in African rhythms, notably on I Zimbra, and more straightforward pop styles, on Life During Wartime and Cities.

1980 brought the band's fourth and most innovative effort Remain in Light. Notable for the single Once in a Lifetime, which became an early MTV staple, Remain In Light saw the band experiment with ambient sounds, fugal structures, polyrhythms, and about everything under the sun to make the body groove. Following this, the group split with Brian Eno, enjoying greater commercial success with 1983's Speaking in Tongues. It took the musical innovations of its predecessor and refined them into pop songs, most notably Burning Down The House, Girlfriend Is Better and This Must Be The Place. This period was topped off with a live album, from Jonathan Demme's documentary, Stop Making Sense. The documentary, with its name taken from a line in Girlfriend Is Better, was a great success, and took their inimitable style to a wider audience.

1985's Little Creatures was an even bigger hit, and exhibited another stylistic shift for the band. It saw the punk styles of '77 almost completely abandoned for simple, three or four chord pop songs. The album produced the singles And She Was, and Road to Nowhere. The following two albums, True Stories and Naked, were both moderate successes, the former producing their biggest radio hits, Love for Sale and Wild Wild Life, and the latter focusing more on Latin influences with hits like (Nothing But) Flowers. After this, a long quiet period followed, with the band eventually officially announcing their break up in 1991. Since the split, Byrne continued his solo career and Weymoth and Frantz continued to record and tour as Tom Tom Club. Weymouth, Harrison and Frantz reunited for an album, "No Talking, Just Head", recorded under the name The Heads in 1996.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. The band reunited for a three song performance at the ceremony. Due to personality conflicts between Byrne and the other members, further reunions are unlikely.

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