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Editors’ Notes

After slowly turning up the funk quotient for three albums, Talking Heads let loose deliriously on 1980's Remain In Light. With Brian Eno's crucial production and co-writing input, the Heads fully blended hypnotic African grooves and exotic textures into their sound, influencing innumerable dance-rock artists that followed. Tracks such as "The Great Curve" and "Houses in Motion" are densely woven, trance-inducing flights of polyrhythmic pop. David Byrne's poetry was never more inspired; "Crosseyed and Painless" and "Seen and Not Seen" invoke states of deconstructed delirium. "Listening Wind" is a haunting sketch of guerrilla conflict. "Once in a Lifetime," the album's masterpiece, is a soaring ode to postmodern paranoia riding atop an intoxicating rhythm track. Guest guitarist Adrian Belew adds bestial snarls at key moments. Over 30 years after it first shook up the music world, Remain In Light has lost none of its body-grabbing, brain-scrambling magic.

Customer Reviews

Their Sgt. Pepper's

Remain in Light is the apotheosis (rock critic word) -- the farthest the Heads took their sound. Like the Beatles who returned to a more rock & roll sound after the Summer of Love, the Talking Heads eventually brought it all back home, but not until they explored a jungle of polyrhythmic big-band euphoria. It's one of those albums that while now 25 years old, still sounds ahead of its time. The hypnotic "Seen and Not Seen" by the way, is one of their all-time best little-known tracks.

Kid A of the '80's

Talking Heads album "Remain In Light" is 1980's equal to Radiohead's "Kid A". Both are a little too short. Both have a sort of sonic freak out in their first song. "Born Under Punches" uses bleeps and bloops that sound like Pacman and understandably old computers. And "Everything In Its Right Place" has Yorke's voice mixed and remixed by Greenwood. "Once In A Lifetime" and "Houses In Motion" are 2 of Talking Heads' best songs.

Desert Island Disk

The peak of the collaboration between the four members of the Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno. There are sounds on this album that are still innovative 28 years later. They truly started a new genre of music here, blending instruments, rhythmic patterns, and lyrically delivery in ways that influence a wide variety of artists to this day. The new master of this album, overseen by Jerry Harrison brings elements barely head before into sharper focus. Recommended to new and old fans.


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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