Talking Heads

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Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals and guitar), Chris Frantz (drums and backing vocals), Tina Weymouth (bass and backing vocals) and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals). Other musicians also regularly made appearances in concert and on the group's albums. The new wave style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk rock, art rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, world music, and Americana. Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed whimsical, esoteric lyrics to the band's songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances.

Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Talking Heads as being "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits." In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and the Channel 4 100 Greatest Albums poll listed one album (Fear of Music) at number 76. In the 2011 update of Rolling Stone 's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", the band was ranked at No. 100.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1977 Talking Heads: 77 4.35 11
1978 More Songs About Buildings and Food 4 7
1979 Fear of Music 4.65 8
1980 Remain in Light 4.8 11
1983 Speaking in Tongues 3.65 12
1985 Little Creatures 3.35 9
1986 True Stories 3 4
1988 Naked 3.2 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Popular Favorites: Sand in the Vaseline Compilation 3 4
1992 Once in a Lifetime: The Best Of Compilation 5
1999 12x12 Original Remixes Compilation 2
2003 Once in a Lifetime Compilation 2
2004 The Best of Talking Heads Compilation 2
2005 Talking Heads Compilation 1
2006 Bonus Rarities and Outtakes Compilation 1
2007 The Collection Compilation 1
2009 Same as It Ever Was Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1982 The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Live 5 5
1984 Stop Making Sense Live 4.25 13


Year Title Rating Releases
1977 Psycho Killer 3
1977 Love → Building on Fire / New Feeling 1
1980 Cities 1
1980 Once in a Lifetime 1
1981 Houses in Motion 1
1983 Burning Down the House 1
1983 Slippery People 1
1983 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) 2
1985 And She Was 14
1985 Road to Nowhere 2
1985 The Lady Don't Mind 2
1986 Radio Head 1
1986 Wild Wild Life 2
1988 (Nothing but) Flowers 1
1992 Lifetime Piling Up 2


Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Love Goes to a Building on Fire / Psycho Killer / Once in a Lifetime / Burning Down the House 1

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