Progrography

Talking Heads
America's response to punk music was incubated in clubs like New York's CBGBs. From this hotbed of musical dissent came Talking Heads, arguably the greatest of the post-Pistols "alternative" acts from America. Unlike contemporaries The Ramones and Blondie, Talking Heads never posed as punks; theirs was a more sly, subversive challenge to authority. David Byrne's nervous stage presence implied we were all a breakdown away from madness; the rest of the band quietly went about their business exuding the sort of youthful confidence that truly scares the establishment. Their first single, "Love -> Building On Fire," introduced the herky-jerky pop/art sound with which they identified on Talking Heads: 77 and More Songs About Buildings And Food. Under the stewardship of punk patron Brian Eno, the Heads explored world music on the ambitious Fear of Music and Remain In Light. As the '80s dawned, the Heads temporarily split, with David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, and the husband-and-wife team of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (as Tom Tom Club) planting the seeds of successful solo careers. The group reunited in 1983 to a surprisingly receptive public, graduating from college sweethearts to cultural icons. From this point on, the Heads channeled their strangest ideas into videos, leaving their music more streamlined and accessible. 1988's Naked did signal a return of sorts to world music, but it would be the Heads' last album together. David Byrne and Tom Tom Club continue to release albums; the trio (minus Byrne) also released one album as the Heads.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1977 February Love Goes To A Building On Fire
1977 September 16 TALKING HEADS: 77
1977 October Uh Oh, Love Comes To Town
1977 December Psycho Killer
1978 May Pulled Up
1978 July MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD
1978 October Take Me To The River
1979 August 3 FEAR OF MUSIC
1979 October Life During Wartime
1979 LIVE ON TOUR: THE WARNER BROS. MUSIC SHOW
1980 February I Zimbra
1980 June Cities
1980 Crosseyed and Painless
1980 October REMAIN IN LIGHT
1981 February Once In A Lifetime
1981 May Houses In Motion (Remix)
1982 March Life During Wartime (Live)
1982 March THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS TALKING HEADS
1983 June SPEAKING IN TONGUES
1983 July Burning Down The House
1983 October This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
1984 October STOP MAKING SENSE
1984 November Stop Making Sense (Girlfriend Is Better)
1985 May The Lady Don't Mind
1985 June LITTLE CREATURES
1985 June Road To Nowhere
1985 September And She Was
1985 Stay Up Late
1986 April Once In A Lifetime (Live)
1986 August Wild Wild Life
1986 September TRUE STORIES
1986 Puzzlin' Evidence
1986 November Love For Sale (Special New Version)
1987 April Radio Head
1988 March NAKED
1988 April (Nothing But) Flowers
1988 August Blind
1991 Sax and Violins (Radio Version)
1991 THE BEST OF - ONCE IN A LIFETIME
1992 October Lifetime Piling Up
1992 October 13 POPULAR FAVORITES: SAND IN THE VASELINE
1996 October 8 NO TALKING, JUST HEAD
1996 Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness
1999 September 12 X 12 ORIGINAL REMIXES
2003 November 18 ONCE IN A LIFETIME (3-CD SET)
2004 August 17 THE BEST OF TALKING HEADS
2007 January 15 COLLECTION
2009 July 28 ROME CONCERT 1980
SEE ALSO...
DAVID BYRNE discography
JERRY HARRISON discography
TOM TOM CLUB discography
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