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Talking Heads

About

Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band was composed of Scottish-born David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), drummer Chris Frantz, bassist Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Described as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s", the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punk, art rock, funk, and world music with an anxious, clean-cut image.As former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads released their 1977 debut album, Talking Heads: 77, to positive reviews. They collaborated with producer Brian Eno on a trio of critically acclaimed releases—More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979), and Remain in Light (1980)—which blended their art school sensibilities with influence from artists such as Parliament-Funkadelic and Fela Kuti. By the early 1980s, they began to expand their band by including a number of additional musicians in recording sessions and stage shows, notably guitarist Adrian Belew, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, singer Nona Hendryx, and bassist Busta Jones.

After a hiatus, Talking Heads hit their commercial peak in 1983 with the U.S. Top 10 hit "Burning Down the House" from the album Speaking in Tongues and released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme. For these performances, the band was joined by Worrell, guitarist Alex Weir, percussionist Steve Scales, and singers Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt. In 1985, Talking Heads released their best-selling album, Little Creatures. They produced a soundtrack album for Byrne's film True Stories (1986), and released their final album, worldbeat-influenced Naked (1988), before disbanding in 1991. Without Byrne, the other band members performed under the name Shrunken Heads, and released an album, No Talking, Just Head, as the Heads in 1996.

In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their albums appear in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs ("Psycho Killer", "Life During Wartime", and "Once in a Lifetime") were included among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Talking Heads were also number 64 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In the 2011 update of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", they were ranked number 100.

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July 25, 2022

Joe Keery Channels Talking Heads on Djo Single ‘Gloom’

The Stranger Things actor is set to release his second album Decide in September

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May 28, 2022

‘Stranger Things’ season four, volume one soundtrack unveiled

Featuring Kate Bush, Talking Heads and more The post ‘Stranger Things’ season four, volume one soundtrack unveiled appeared first on NME.

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March 27, 2022

Talking Heads co-founders Chris Frántz and Tina Weymouth hit by drunk driver

Weymouth sustained three fractured ribs and a fractured sternum in the incident The post Talking Heads co-founders Chris Frántz and Tina Weymouth hit by drunk driver appeared first on NME.

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March 27, 2022

Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth Recovering After Car Accident, Chris Frantz Says

Weymouth suffered three fractured ribs and a fractured sternum after the couple were hit head on by a drunk driver two weeks ago

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March 14, 2022

David Byrne: “Spotify is making artists uncomfortable”

The Talking Heads leader previously claimed in 2013 that he had pulled as much of his music from the streaming service as possible The post David Byrne: “Spotify is making artists uncomfortable” appeared first on NME.

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March 8, 2022

David Byrne, ‘American Utopia’ Cast Bring ‘Like Humans Do’ to ‘Fallon’

Talking Heads frontman also spoke with Jimmy Fallon about the iconic Stop Making Sense suit

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March 5, 2022

See David Byrne, ‘American Utopia’ Cast Perform ‘Burning Down the House’ on ‘CBS Mornings’

Talking Heads frontman and crew also deliver "Everybody’s Coming to My House" and "Marching Through the Wilderness" from acclaimed Broadway residency

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February 24, 2022

David Byrne and Montaigne Share New Song “Always Be You”: Listen

Watch the video for the collaboration between the Talking Heads luminary and the Australian pop singer

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February 2, 2022

David Byrne Plans to Make You Question Reality This Summer

Former Talking Heads frontman's immersive Theater of the Mind production will finally launch in Denver later this year

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December 30, 2021

Watch David Byrne perform Talking Heads classics at first ‘American Utopia: Unchained’ show

The Broadway show was altered due to several cast members testing positive for coronavirus The post Watch David Byrne perform Talking Heads classics at first ‘American Utopia: Unchained’ show appeared first on NME.

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December 29, 2021

David Byrne Reinvented ‘American Utopia’ With Talking Heads Classics After His Band Caught Covid

A limited run of American Utopia: Unchained shows will continue through Jan. 2

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December 15, 2021

Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ added to National Film Registry

Others among the 25 new films in the catalogue include 'Return Of The Jedi' and 'Selena' The post Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ added to National Film Registry appeared first on NME.

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December 14, 2021

Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense Added to National Film Registry

Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film joins Return of the Jedi, Selena, Pink Flamingos, and Wall-E as new additions this year

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November 2, 2021

Watch David Byrne perform from ‘American Utopia’ and show TV host Stephen Colbert some moves

He and the cast performed Talking Heads' 1979 song 'I Zimbra' The post Watch David Byrne perform from ‘American Utopia’ and show TV host Stephen Colbert some moves appeared first on NME.

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November 2, 2021

David Byrne Performs “I Zimbra,” Teaches Colbert Some Dance Moves: Watch

He showed off his pandemic illustrations, and then delivered a performance of the Talking Heads song with the American Utopia cast

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September 27, 2021

David Byrne honoured with Special Tony Award for ‘American Utopia’

Byrne also performed Talking Heads' 'Burning Down the House' during the ceremony The post David Byrne honoured with Special Tony Award for ‘American Utopia’ appeared first on NME.

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August 17, 2021

The Specials announce new album of protest song covers: “Injustice is timeless”

The 12 covers, from between 1924 and 2012, feature Talking Heads, Bob Marley and more The post The Specials announce new album of protest song covers: “Injustice is timeless” appeared first on NME.

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June 27, 2021

Jon Hassell, Avant-Garde Composer and Trumpet Player, Dead at 84

"Fourth World" explorer collaborated with Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel and Ry Cooder

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May 2, 2021

The Chats and Genesis Owusu deliver punk cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’

Performed for Australian music TV series 'The Set' The post The Chats and Genesis Owusu deliver punk cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ appeared first on NME.

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December 22, 2020

Talking Heads, Salt-N-Pepa and more to receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys

Other honourees include Selena and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five The post Talking Heads, Salt-N-Pepa and more to receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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December 18, 2020

David Byrne tells us why there “probably won’t” be a Talking Heads reunion

"There’s a lot of differences that haven’t entirely gone away" The post David Byrne tells us why there “probably won’t” be a Talking Heads reunion appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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Discs

Once in a Lifetime: The Talking Heads Box (2003 Remaster)

November 10, 2003

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Naked

March 15, 1988

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True Stories (Deluxe Version)

October 7, 1986

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Little Creatures

July 10, 1985

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Little Creatures (Deluxe Version)

July 10, 1985

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And She Was / And She Was (E.T. Version)

June 12, 1985

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Once in a Lifetime / This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) [Live at the Pantages Theatre, December 1983]

January 1, 1984

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Stop Making Sense

January 1, 1984

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Burning Down the House / I Get Wild / Wild Gravity

June 1, 1983

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Speaking in Tongues

May 31, 1983

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Speaking in Tongues (Deluxe Version)

May 31, 1983

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The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (Expanded 2004 Remaster)

March 24, 1982

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Remain in Light (Deluxe Version)

October 8, 1980

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Remain in Light

October 8, 1980

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Fear of Music (Deluxe Version)

August 3, 1979

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Fear of Music

August 3, 1979

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More Songs About Buildings and Food (Deluxe Version)

July 14, 1978

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More Songs About Buildings and Food

July 14, 1978

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Talking Heads '77 (Deluxe Version)

September 16, 1977

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Talking Heads '77

September 16, 1977

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