talking heads: the coolest weird band ever
I recently downloaded the live album Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads. Until now, my music library only had a couple of their biggest hits, but Stop Making Sense has definitely corrected that problem. The album was recorded on tour in 1983 as part of a documentary of the same title. I highly recommend the album for a number of reasons.
One, the sound quality is amazing – if it weren’t for crowd noise between songs, you would think this was a studio recording. Two, the album includes almost all of their biggest hits (notably absent is “And She Was,” which wasn’t released until 1985). Three, the songs you haven’t heard before are still awesome and it gives a great glimpse into Talking Heads as a whole. And four, also included is the Tom Tom Club hit “Genius of Love.”
Tom Tom Club was created by Talking Heads’ rhythm section and they (Talking Heads) put this song into the setlist for this tour. If you aren’t familiar with “Genius of Love,” just listen to it and you will recognize it as the sample used in Mariah Carey’s song “Fantasy” from her 1995 album Daydream.
The main reason for this post, however, is to direct you to some amazing YouTube videos of David Byrne and Talking Heads. Byrne is one super weird dude (and has commented that he may have Asperger’s syndrome), but has been largely influential in rock even to this day with many current indie rock bands.
Anyway, here is a video of Byrne being interviewed by David Letterman back in the day – he is so awkward. Also a must watch is the video of “Psycho Killer” from the Stop Making Sense documentary. Then, be sure to check out the music video of “Once in a Lifetime.” This is one of my most memorable videos from the 80’s, but beware, it might make you want to judo chop your arm into small pieces. “And you may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife.”
Well, apparently they removed the Letterman interview from YouTube!
If you don’t download the entire album, I recommend at least getting these:
- Psycho Killer
- Burning Down The House
- Once In A Lifetime
- Genius of Love