|Speaking In Tongues|
|Produced by Talking Heads|
|Released on June 1983|
|US CHART POSITION #15 . . . UK CHART POSITION #21|
|Find it at GEMM|
S peaking In Tongues trampolines from the turntable. Talking Heads returned from their “vacation” recharged and ready to conquer the airwaves, smoothing over the rough edges cultivated under Eno’s tutelage with a heavy dose of funK. Not that the Heads had radically altered their original sound; the fractured vocals and funky rhythms remain from the original vision, but the final product strikes a balance between the strange and the sexy. All of a sudden, people who wouldn’t be caught dead listening to Remain In Light were dancing to “Burning Down The House” and developing a taste for it. You can’t fault them for dancing to this music -- its pull to the dancefloor is nearly irresistible -- but to possessive music fans on the fringe the act might have seemed sacrilege. Getting beyond the band’s newfound appeal, the songs themselves are actually faceless, funky confections that suggest what Tom Tom Club would sound like if they were stuck in a traffic jam: groovy on the outside but agitated underneath. The exceptions are the two singles: “Burning Down The House” (simply too hot to contain) and the loopy, sentimental “This Must Be The Place (Naďve Melody).” Jim and Dara played this at their wedding when they were introduced for the first time, although I think they chose the Sarah Maclachlan version. Either way, it’s a sweet song, and easily atones for what would otherwise be a pretty mediocre side of music. For all intents and purposes, Speaking In Tongues marks the beginning of Talking Heads Part Two. Savagery was replaced with smarminess, ground breaking with hip shaking, madness with mildness, and so on. The band remains far too talented to make a bad album, yet by the same token talented enough to make a better one.
|23883-1 back cover||23883-1 lyric sleeve|
DAVID BYRNE -- vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, percussion, cover
CHRIS FRANTZ -- drums, backing vocals, synthesizer
JERRY HARRISON -- keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
TINA WEYMOUTH -- synthesizer and string bass, backing vocals, guitar
Wally Badarou -- synthesizer
Rapahel Dejesus -- percussion
Nona Hendryx -- backing vocals (4)
Richard Landry -- saxophone (4)
Dolette MacDonald -- backing vocals (4)
Steve Scales -- percussion
Shankar -- violin (2)
David Van Tieghem -- percussion
Alex Weir -- guitar
Bernie Worrell -- synthesizer (3)
Alex Sadkin -- mixing, oervdub engineer
Butch Jones -- engineer
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||June 1983||Sire||LP/CD/CS||23883||lyric sleeve, cassette incl. 6 extra mixes?|
|UK||June 1983||Sire||LP/LPCLR/CD/CS||92 3771||avail. in clear vinyl,
cassette incl. 6 extra mixes?
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