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, 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 and the anxious stage persona of singer Byrne, helping to pioneer new wave music. 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". 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 Artist RatingReleases
1977 Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads 4.35 19
1978 More Songs About Buildings and Food Talking Heads 4.35 10
1979 Fear of Music Talking Heads 4.65 13
1980 Remain in Light Talking Heads 4.85 17
1983 Speaking in Tongues Talking Heads 3.65 15
1985 Little Creatures Talking Heads 3.5 12
1986 True Stories Talking Heads 3 8
1988 Naked Talking Heads 3.2 9

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Talking Heads 5 5
1984 Stop Making Sense Talking Heads 4.25 16
2014 Performance Talking Heads 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Psycho Killer Talking Heads 3
1977 Love → Building on Fire / New Feeling Talking Heads 1
1978 The Good Thing Talking Heads 1
1980 Cities Talking Heads 1
1980 Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads 4
1981 Houses in Motion Talking Heads 1
1983 Burning Down the House Talking Heads 2
1983 Slippery People Talking Heads 1
1983 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) Talking Heads 2
1985 And She Was Talking Heads 14
1985 Road to Nowhere Talking Heads 2
1985 The Lady Don't Mind Talking Heads 2
1986 Radio Head Talking Heads 2
1986 Wild Wild Life Talking Heads 2
1988 (Nothing but) Flowers Talking Heads 1
1992 Lifetime Piling Up Talking Heads 2
2016 This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) Talking Heads / Echosmith 1


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

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