Talking Heads









Talking Heads

Talking Heads

was an American rock band which was formed in 1974, in New York City. The band was active until 1991 and the members were, David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. Other musicians sometimes made appearances on their albums. The bandís style of music was a combination of funk, punk rock, art rock, world music, and new wave pop. David Byrne was the frontman and songwriter. The critics said the Talking heads were one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1980's.

Before the Talking Heads existed, the band was actually formed at the Rhode island School of design, in Providence Rhode Island and was called, The Artistics. This band consisted of three members and they were, David Byrne (vocalist and guitar player), Chris Frantz (drummer and percussion), and Tina Weymouth (bass guitar player and vocalist). The group moved to New York and changed their name to Talking heads. The got a gig opening for the group called , The Ramones, at the CBGBs Club. Jerry Harrison (keyboard and guitar player), joined them in 1976. The group made many fans and signed with Sire records label in 1977. They released their first album called, Talking heads, also in 1977. From the album came a minor hit called, Psycho Killer. The Al Green cover song called, Take Me To the River, was more popular and got the band a lot of public attention.

On their second album, in 1978, they collaborated with rock pioneer, Brian Eno, David Bowie, and Robert Fripp. The album was called, More Songs About Buildings and Food. The group released their next album in 1979 and called it, Fear of Music, with a single called, Life During Wartimehad a catch phrase, ďThis ainít no party, this ainít no discoĒ. In 1980 came the album called, Remain In Light, was geared toward the Afro beat and experimented with African polyrhythms. The band toured with a more expanded band in order to perform the more complex arrangements. The single called, Once In A Lifetime, which was from the album, did not make an impression in the U. S. But it did reach number 20 in the U. K..

After releasing four albums in four years, the group took a recording break and it was three years before they released another album. However, in the meantime, they did release a live album called, The Name of This Band Is Talking heads. They toured in Europe and the U. S.. There were eight members in the band at this time. It was about this time that Brian Eno left the group and joined the group called, U2. In 1983, the band released the album called, Speaking In Tongues, and from it came the groupís first Top 10 hit called, Burning Down the House.

The Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and they performed there for the ceremony. It was the last time they have performed. They have released 17 albums and compilations, and had 3 filmography.