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Talking Heads 77 (Remastered)

Talking Heads

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Part of New York punk's legendary first wave, Talking Heads upended pop music's conventions by twisting its rhythms, scrambling its lyrics, and adding a refreshing dose of weirdness. Their debut, Talking Heads 77, took an avant-garde art sensibility and applied it to bubblegum rock and old-school funk. The results cook with skewed genius. Drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth keep a tight grip on the beat, while Jerry Harrison provides flavorful keyboard filigrees. Singer/guitarist David Byrne is the Head who speaks loudest - his edgy vocal tics, along with his slinky guitar lines, define the band's mystique. This album's highlights include the frisky "Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town," the nervously reassuring "Don't Worry About the Government", and the desperately cheerful "Pulled Up." The most famous track is "Psycho Killer," Byrne's oddly sympathetic portrait of "a real live wire." Smart, danceable and a little demented, 77 is a joyfully jittery experience.

Customer Reviews

The Impact Was Incredible

This really was a landmark album in many ways. It's hard to imagine so much of the music we take for granted today without this one coming first. The lyrical and musical content, in stark contrast to the band's preppy image, was also pretty amazing, especially in 1977, when musicians either looked like Ted Nugent and Peter Frampton...or Johnny Rotten. Looking like a college student was the most subversive statement possible. In some ways, it still is.

ratings/rankings

Top 10 1. The Book I read 5/5 Awesome! 2. Physco Killer 5/5 Classic, perhaps the best song on the album. 3. Don't worry about the government 5/5 A little weird, but really good. 4. New Feeling 5/5 Somewhat the beginning of the Pop/Rock mixture. 5. Uh-Oh, Love comes to town 4.5/5 Pretty good, but the title is bad. 6. Pulled up 4.5/5 Completley awesome, but a little too much like "shattered" by the Rolling stones. 7. Happy Day 4/5 A good song, but obviously not a masterpeice. 8. First week/last week/carefree 4/5 Just another good song leading up to Psycho Killer. 9. Love-----> building on fire 4/5 Cool, but the music doesn't really sound like the talking heads. 10. No compassion 4/5 Good song but I don't like the way it stops in the middle of the song. Overall album rating: 5/5

Some Great Stuff

The Talking Head's early stuff is their best stuff. Everyone should listen to it. The album's great.

Biography

Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

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...
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