Talking Heads

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Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads integrated elements of punk, art rock, funk, dance, and world music with avant-garde sensibilities to become a pioneering post-punk and new wave group. Fronted by the anxious stage persona of singer Byrne, the group produced several commercial hits and a number of multimedia projects throughout its career, and often collaborated with other artists, such as musician Brian Eno and director Jonathan Demme.

Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Talking Heads as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s." In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs ("Psycho Killer", "Life During Wartime", and "Once in a Lifetime") were included among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Talking Heads were also included at #64 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Talking Heads: 77 4.35 18
1978 More Songs About Buildings and Food 4.35 9
1979 Fear of Music 4.65 12
1980 Remain in Light 4.85 16
1983 Speaking in Tongues 3.65 15
1985 Little Creatures 3.5 12
1986 True Stories 3 7
1988 Naked 3.2 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Popular Favorites: Sand in the Vaseline 4
1992 Once in a Lifetime: The Best Of 5
1999 12x12 Original Remixes 2
2003 Once in a Lifetime 2
2004 The Best of Talking Heads 3
2005 Talking Heads 1
2006 Bonus Rarities and Outtakes 1
2007 The Collection 1
2009 Same as It Ever Was 1
2011 Essential 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads 5 5
1984 Stop Making Sense 4.25 15
2014 Performance 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Psycho Killer 3
1977 Love → Building on Fire / New Feeling 1
1978 The Good Thing 1
1980 Cities 1
1980 Once in a Lifetime 4
1981 Houses in Motion 1
1983 Burning Down the House 2
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 2
1986 Wild Wild Life 2
1988 (Nothing but) Flowers 1
1992 Lifetime Piling Up 2


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

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