Cornershot: A Brief History of Talking Heads | Music
More from my vast musical universe: Talking Heads is one of the coolest bands of all time.
First forming a trio after meeting at Rhode Island School of Design in 1974, David Byrne (guitar, vocals), Chris Frantz (drums) and Tina Weymouth (bass) moved to the Bowery section of New York and started playing at the now legendary punk club CBGB’S in early 1975. Their first show at the club opened for the Ramones, who, along with Television, Patty Smith Group and Blondie, performed there regularly.
Guitarist and keyboardist Jerry Harrison joined Talking Heads the following year, making it a very musical and quirky quartet. The first record released by the Heads dates from 1977, titled “Talking Heads: 1977”. It was a very unique album for the time, with the legendary single “Psycho Killer” filled with sparse riffs and beats, and manic lyrics delivered in a weird but passionate way – a style Byrne so personified. brilliantly.
Over the following years, Talking Heads developed a style blending punk, first wave of the new wave, funk / disco and African music to eclectic new heights. “More Songs About Buildings & Food”, “Fear Of Music”, “Remain In Light”, “Speaking In Tongues”, “Stop Making Sense” and “Naked” are all classics!
“Stop Making Sense” is of course the soundtrack to the infamous concert film of the same name, and arguably their most famous work, but the album “Remain In Light” is one that the band’s biggest fans cherish. more. Its mix of afro-funk and adventurous lyricism creates a very addictive sonic atmosphere. Phish covered the entire album at a Halloween show in the mid-1990s, and most recently Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew (who played guitar with Talking Heads on the “Remain In Light” tour 1980) joined forces with New York funk band Turkuaz, playing tracks from this incredible album and other Heads classics at our own FloydFest and other festivals.
I saw the performance of FloydFest and was completely blown away! Please purchase Chris Frantz’s 2020 book titled “Remain In Love”. It’s an incredible story of the band and the romance of Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth. And of course, please put on some Talking Heads!
– George Penn, a reader from the New River Valley
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