W21 26760 Popular Favorites: Sand In The Vaseline
previously released material
Released on October 13, 1992
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #158
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K M 11.0: XMAS IS THE JELLIEST TIME. We’re here not to bury the Heads in the sand, but to pays them. The double-disc Favorites sealed the story (close to Christmas) on one of modern rock’s most titanic talents, tacking on two early demos and four new old tracks. “Sugar On My Tongue,” “Sax And Violins,” you gotta hear them. All that sweet stuff in the middle isn’t bad either, an intricate honeycombed hive of anti-conservative activity. As for the packaging, well, the writing Heads aren’t as interesting, but everything they have to say is in the music: the government is sneaky, love is a chemical reaction, the little child is always itching to get out of the adult. Even in the end (1992), the world still needed them, if only to take us all down a peg by rhyming "tootsie roll" with "heinie hole." The first time round this review, I wasted my time talking about what should and shouldn’t be on here. It all belongs here, of course, every scratchy note, funky groove and frightened yelp. And, yes, you’re still on the hook to buy most of it, especially Fear of Music and Remain In Light. There’s nothing from The Name of This Band, which is the only obvious omission, and tracks from the solo albums would have been a kindness, but this is all about the Heads’ last stand; no one’s trying to make a case for what a great band they were because no one has to anymore. Popular Favorites wasn’t very in the US, maybe because we were still angry with them for leaving. Or maybe Nirvana just blinded the world to everything before it, hard to say. For future generations, who may only know the Heads from grainy videos, these guys were the original fly in the ointment of ordinariness, and Popular Favorites provides a futuristic past present you must unwrap.

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TRACK LISTING

    disc one
  1. SUGAR ON MY TONGUE    (David Byrne)    2:34
  2. I WANT TO LIVE    (David Byrne)    3:22
  3. LOVE -> BUILDING ON FIRE    (David Byrne)    2:56
  4. I WISH YOU WOULDN'T SAY THAT    (David Byrne)    2:31
  5. PSYCHO KILLER    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Tina Weymouth)    4:19
  6. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT    (David Byrne)    3:00
  7. NO COMPASSION    (David Byrne)    4:47
  8. WARNING SIGN    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz)    3:55
  9. THE BIG COUNTRY    (David Byrne)    5:30
  10. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER    (Al Green/M.Hodges)    5:00
  11. HEAVEN    (David Byrne/Jerry Harrison)    4:01
  12. MEMORIES CAN'T WAIT    (David Byrne/Jerry Harrison)    3:30
  13. I ZIMBRA    (David Byrne/Brian Eno/Hugo Ball)    3:06
  14. ONCE IN A LIFETIME    (David Byrne/Brian Eno/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:19
  15. CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS    (David Byrne/Brian Eno/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:45
  16. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:00
  17. SWAMP    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    5:09
  18. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (NAIVE MELODY)    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:56

    disc two
  19. LIFE DURING WARTIME (LIVE)    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    5:03
  20. GIRLFRIEND IS BETTER (LIVE)    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    3:32
  21. AND SHE WAS    (David Byrne, arr. by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    3:36
  22. STAY UP LATE    (David Byrne, arr. by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    3:51
  23. ROAD TO NOWHERE    (David Byrne, arr. by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:19
  24. WILD WILD LIFE    (David Byrne)    3:39
  25. LOVE FOR SALE    (David Byrne)    4:30
  26. CITY OF DREAMS    (David Byrne)    5:06
  27. MR. JONES    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:18
  28. BLIND    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:58
  29. (NOTHING BUT) FLOWERS    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    5:32
  30. SAX AND VIOLINS    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    5:18
  31. GANGSTER OF LOVE    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    4:28
  32. LIFETIME PILING UP    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    3:59
  33. POPSICLE    (lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)    5:19

CREDITS

DAVID BYRNE -- guitar, vocals, bass, vocoder, keyboards, mini moog, photography
CHRIS FRANTZ -- drums, timbales
JERRY HARRISON -- guitars, keyboards, clavinet, synthesizer
TINA WEYMOUTH -- bass, synth bass, keyboard
Tawatha Agee -- background vocals
Wally Badarou -- keyboards
Moussa Cissokao -- congas
Nina Gioia -- timbales, percussion
Nona Hendryx -- background vocals
Phoebe Holmes -- background vocals
Dolette McDonald -- background vocals
Arlene Newsome -- background vocals
Steve Scales -- percussion
Brice Wassy -- percussion, cowbells, shakers
Alex Weir -- guitar
Brad Baker -- horn arrangement (d1-3)
Lance Quinn -- horn arrangement (d1-3)
Butch Jones -- engineer
Kevin Killen -- mixing
Fernando Kral -- overdub engineer
Nick Launay -- engineer, mixing
Richard Manwaring -- engineer
Ed Stasium -- engineer
Olinsky/Gorman - Manhattan Design -- art direction/design
Ed Ruscha -- cover art
Acme Photography, Hugh Brown, John Dalton, Jimmy Desana, Marcia Resnick, Ebet Roberts, Dilly Shelton, Wynnewood Recreation Center -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1992 Sire 2CD 26760 picture sleeve
US October 1992 Sire 2CS 26760 feat. only 28 tracks
EUR October 1992 EMI 2CD 80466  

 

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