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Talking Heads
Formed: 1974 in New York, Ne
Disbanded: 1991
Active: '70s, '80s, '90s Major
Styles: American Punk, New York Punk, Post-Punk Major
Members: Tina Weymouth, David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison Representative
Albums: "Talking Heads 77", "More Songs About Buildings and Food", "Remain in Light" Representative
Songs: "Road to Nowhere", "And She Was", "Psycho Killer"

UPC Type Title
081227648824 CD Best of Talking Heads
807297017397 (i) DVD Burning Down Rome
801213032594 DVD Chronology
801213038497 DVD Chronology
075992742825 CD Fear of Music
4943674086214 (i) CD Fear of Music
081227965549 Vinyl Fear of Music
075992530521 CD Little Creatures
5099930869424 (i) CD Little Creatures
075992742528 CD More Songs About Buildings & F
4943674086191 (i) CD More Songs About Buildings & Food
081227963583 Vinyl More Songs Abount Buildings & Food (18
5099930869721 (i) CD Naked
081227648923 CD Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
4943674086177 (i) CD Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
081227963576 Vinyl Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (
077778059325 (i) CD Once in a Lifetime: The Best of
075992609524 CD Remain in Light
081227330026 (i) CD Remain in Light
4943674086238 (i) CD Remain in Light
081227080211 Vinyl Remain in Light
075992388320 CD Speaking in Tongues
081227334420 (i) CD Speaking in Tongues
4943674086245 (i) CD Speaking in Tongues
081227966652 Vinyl Speaking in Tongues
093624748922 CD Stop Making Sense
724352245321 (i) CD Stop Making Sense
660200301323 DVD Stop Making Sense
075992742320 CD Talking Heads '77
4943674086207 (i) CD Talking Heads '77
094638460022 (i) CD Talking Heads: Collection
081227988418 Vinyl Talking Heads '77
075992551229 CD True Stories
5099930869622 (i) CD True Stories

Biography: At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits. While some of their music can seem too self-consciously experimental, clever, and intellectual for its own good, at their best Talking Heads represent everything good about art-school punks.

And they were literally art-school punks. Guitarist/vocalist David Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz, and bassist Tina Weymouth met at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early '70s; they decided to move to New York in 1974 to concentrate on making music. The next year, the band won a spot opening for the Ramones at the seminal New York punk club CBGB. In 1976, keyboardist Jerry Harrison, a former member of Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers, was added to the lineup. By 1977, the band had signed to Sire Records and released its first album, Talking Heads: 77. It received a considerable amount of acclaim for its stripped-down rock & roll, particularly Byrne's geeky, overly intellectual lyrics and uncomfortable, jerky vocals.

For their next album, 1978's More Songs About Buildings and Food, the band worked with producer Brian Eno, recording a set of carefully constructed, arty pop songs, distinguished by extensive experimenting with combined acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as touches of surprisingly credible funk. On their next album, the Eno-produced Fear of Music, Talking Heads began to rely heavily on their rhythm section, adding flourishes of African-styled polyrhythms. This approach came to a full fruition with 1980's Remain in Light, which was again produced by Eno. Talking Heads added several sidemen, including a horn section, leaving them free to explore their dense amalgam of African percussion, funk bass and keyboards, pop songs, and electronics.

After a long tour, the band concentrated on solo projects for a couple of years. By the time of 1983's Speaking in Tongues, the band had severed its ties with Eno; the result was an album that still relied on the rhythmic innovations of Remain in Light, except within a more rigid pop-song structure. After its release, Talking Heads embarked on another extensive tour, which was captured on the Jonathan Demme-directed concert film Stop Making Sense. After releasing the straightforward pop album Little Creatures in 1985, Byrne directed his first movie, True Stories, the following year; the band's next album featured songs from the film. Two years later, Talking Heads released Naked, which marked a return to their worldbeat explorations, although it sometimes suffered from Byrne's lyrical pretensions.

After its release, Talking Heads were put on "hiatus"; Byrne pursued some solo projects, as did Harrison, and Frantz and Weymouth continued with their side project, Tom Tom Club. In 1991, the band issued an announcement that they had broken up. Shortly thereafter, Harrison's production took off with successful albums by Live and Crash Test Dummies. In 1996, the original lineup minus Byrne reunited for the album No Talking Just Head; Byrne sued Frantz, Weymouth, and Harrison for attempting to record and perform as Talking Heads, so the trio went by the Heads. In 1999, all four worked together to promote a 15th-anniversary edition of Stop Making Sense, and they also performed at the 2002 induction ceremony for their entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through the 2010s, Byrne released a number of solo and collaborative projects. Tom Tom Club continued to tour, while Harrison produced albums for the likes of No Doubt, the Von Bondies, and Hockey. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi