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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 (keyboards & 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. www.talking-heads.net Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tracks We Played

Blind

Naked
Last Played on November 22, 2015 1:11am

Crosseyed and Painless

Remain In Light
Last Played on November 20, 2015 12:45pm

Life During Wartime

Stop Making Sense
Last Played on November 09, 2015 11:30am

Mr. Jones

Naked
Last Played on July 26, 2015 1:12am

(Nothing But) Flowers

Naked
Last Played on March 21, 2015 10:33am

Take Me To The River

More Songs About Buildings & Food
Last Played on February 07, 2015 4:56am

Stay Up Late

Little Creatures
Last Played on January 29, 2015 1:55am

Wild Wild Life

True Stories
Last Played on January 25, 2015 11:17am

And She Was

Little Creatures
Last Played on January 21, 2015 12:31am

Road To Nowhere

Little Creatures
Last Played on November 02, 2014 9:35am

Girlfriend Is Better

Speaking In Tongues
Last Played on August 31, 2014 2:37pm

Psycho Killer

Stop Making Sense
Last Played on July 26, 2014 11:22am

Once In A Lifetime

Remain In Light
Last Played on July 03, 2014 7:51am

Psycho Killer

Talking Heads 77
Last Played on May 05, 2014 12:54am

Burning Down The House

Speaking In Tongues
Last Played on March 30, 2014 5:09pm

Heaven

Fear of Music
Last Played on March 17, 2014 5:57pm

Thank You For Sending Me an Angel

More Songs about Building And Food
Last Played on March 15, 2014 5:58pm

The Lady Don't Mind

Little Creatures
Last Played on February 18, 2014 8:41am

Slippery People

Speaking In Tongues
Last Played on February 06, 2014 3:08am

Pulled Up

Talking Heads: '77
Last Played on February 04, 2014 9:01am

I Zimbra

Fear of Music
Last Played on February 01, 2014 7:38pm

This Must Be The Place

Speaking In Tongues
Last Played on January 29, 2014 3:07am

Girlfriend Is Better

Stop Making Sense
Last Played on January 09, 2014 3:11pm

Life During Wartime

Fear Of Music
Last Played on January 02, 2014 4:49am

(Nothing But Flowers)

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Stop Making Sense

What A Day That Was

Stop Making Sense

LOVE... BUILDING ON FIRE

The Best Of Talking Heads

Cities

Fear Of Music

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Stop Making Sense

Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)

Take Me To The River

Stop Making Sense

CITIES

Fear Of Music

Houses In Motion

Remain In Light

Don`t Worry About The Goverment

CITIES

Fear Of Music

CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS

Remain In Light

Don`t Worry About The Goverment

Making Flippy Floppy

Speaking In Tongues

PSYCHO KILLER

Talking Heads: 77

Swamp

Speaking In Tongues

SWAMP

Speakign In Tongues

Slippery People

Stop Making Sense

Lifetime Piling Up

Sand In The Vaseline

Burning Down The House

Stop Making Sense