Back in time
24 March 2022
Between 1978 and 1982 New York’s new wave icons TALKING HEADS released their four best albums of their triumphant career with Talking Heads: 77 (1977), More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979) and Remain in Light (1980).
They followed this 4 in a row top scores with a double live LP in 1982, titled THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS TALKING HEADS (David Byrne used to open concerts with this introduction line, and he also announced songs as ‘The name of this song is….’)
It captures their early live edge of 1977/1979 and their expanded ten-piece lineup
sound of 1980/1981 brilliantly. From minimum to maximum. From punky sublime
to funky sublime. Yes, a once-in-a-lifetime band!
All psycho killers right here…
2 March 2022
Boston’s DIY indie duo THE DEREVOLUTIONS loves Talking Heads and hates, as we all do, inhuman and devastating wartimes. Countless anti-war songs were written in history and will still be written as long as war-and-power-greedy lunatics rule the world. To hell with them.
The pair’s take on Life During Wartime is a feverish, jittery
and nerve-wracking nail-biter. Spot-on version!
Love to the Ukraine people. Love to peace. Love to love.
“Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons, Packed up and ready to go”
“The sound of gunfire, off in the distance, I’m getting used to it now”
“This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, This ain’t no fooling around”
“But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones, Ain’t got no records to play”
THE DEREVOLUTIONS: Facebook
7 February 2022
Yesterday the 85-year old Chicago blues/soul musician SYL JOHNSON
passed away (only six days after his older brother died.)
Family statement: “It is with extreme sadness that our family announces the passing
of Soul & Blues Hall of Fame Legend, Syl Johnson (born Sylvester Thompson). Dad, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Friend & Artist, he lived his life as a singer, musician, and entrepreneur who loved black music.”
Syl was born in 1936 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He had a fantastic career with
countless LPs and several hit singles with funky groove TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
written by Al Green and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges as his biggest triumph in 1975.
Talking Heads‘ chief David Byrne spotted the song immediately upon its release
and decided to record it and put it on the band’s second LP More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978). So many people had no clue that it was a cover as it sounded like it was written by Talking Heads themselves.
The three versions…
– TALKING HEADS –
(Splendid live version)
– SYL JOHNSON –
– AL GREEN –
SYL JOHNSON: Story
7 June 2021
And they’re already back with a number of exclusive flexi discs
with covers of King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, Prince, Taylor Swift
and Talking Heads.
I go for their Psycho Killer cover. A classic that suits them like a glove…
The (still) flabbergasting original…
BLACK MIDI: Facebook
Top singles from the past…
4 February 2021
Band: TALKING HEADS (New York)
Active: 1975–1991, 1996–2002
Album: Remain In Light
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, “Well… how did I get here?”…
TALKING HEADS: Facebook
1. FEAR OF MUSIC – 3rd LP – 1979
Rolling Stone said: “Fear of Music is often deliberately, brilliantly disorienting. Like its black, corrugated packaging (which resembles a manhole cover), the album is foreboding, inescapably urban and obsessed with texture.”
2. REMAIN IN LIGHT – 4th album – 1980
AllMusic: “Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow
their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential.”
3. ’77’ – debut LP – 1977
The Village Voice wrote: “Every tinkling harmony is righted with a screech, every self-help homily contextualized dramatically, so that in the end the record proves not only that the detachment of craft can coexist with a frightening intensity of feeling—something most artists know—but that the most inarticulate rage can be rationalized. Which means they’re punks
4. MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD – 2nd longplayer – 1978
Pitchfork: “On ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’, Talking Heads were sorting out how
to engage simultaneously with the mind and the soul (or at least the hips)—how to be both
art-rock and dance music… a magnum opus.”
5. THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS TALKING HEADS – double LP – 1982
AllMusic: “Although most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there’s an earlier, better live album called ‘The Name of This
Band Is Talking Heads… It’s arguably one of their finest releases.”