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The Best of Talking Heads (Remastered)

Talking Heads

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New York’s Talking Heads were the first of the new wave/punk bands to make geekiness utterly cool. On stage, singer David Byrne looked like a science major who may have ingested an experimental concoction, resulting in body movements not unlike that of an epileptic seizure in progress. Yet somehow, the art-punk, oddball track “Psycho Killer” permeated the American pop psyche in 1977, and led the band on a trajectory that peaked shortly before they went their separate ways in 1991. Over the years, the band moved from a jerky, nervous, punk-inspired sensibility to something smoother, with funkier, global, polyrhythmic beats (Brian Eno’s production early on certainly played a hand), and, finally, to pure pop. While single-disc anthologies are difficult to cull, this collection is a pretty solid stab at choice cuts from each Talking Heads album. Best of all, it starts off with the group’s elusive first single, the brilliant and still amazing “Love -> Building on Fire.”  Early fans may feel the band’s first works are not represented deeply enough (where is “Warning Signs?” “Don’t Worry About the Government?”) but fans of their later work may have the same complaint (“Swamp” and “Stay Up Late” seem conspicuously absent). But, hey, this ain’t no box set.

Customer Reviews

A breath of fresh air in a stagnant decade

Listening to the Talking Heads over twenty years after first hearing them in a corporate record store in Escondido, California, I am struck by the freshness of this music even today. David Byrne, et al broke into the 1970's at a time when music was at an all time low with the height of disco and other sycophantic crap.


This album is a masterpiece collection of hits known and not so well known. I Bought it the day it came out, if you have only the slightest interest in the Talking Heads this is a good album to start with.


This album is amazing. Ever since I bought this album, it has been on my iPod everywhere I go. Almost every song on here is one of my favorites. The key tracks are: "Burning Down the House," "Girlfriend is Better," "Take Me To the River," "Psycho Killer," "And She Was," and "Road to Nowhere." But seriously, its $12 for 18 amazing tracks, so you might as well buy the entire album. The Talking Heads aren't the most accessible band if you only like popular music, but if you are willing to actually buy this and listen to it, you will not regret the purchase.


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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