Talking Heads were an American rock band that formed in 1975 in New York City. The band was composed of David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Described as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s," Talking Heads helped to pioneer new wave music by combining elements of punk, art rock, funk, and world music with an anxious, clean-cut image.

Byrne, Frantz, and Weymouth met as freshmen at the Rhode Island School of Design, where Byrne and Frantz were part of a band called the Artistics.: 24  The trio moved to New York City in 1975, adopted the name Talking Heads, joined the New York punk scene, and recruited Harrison to round out the band.

Their debut album, Talking Heads: 77, was released in 1977 to positive reviews. They collaborated with the British producer Brian Eno on the acclaimed albums More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979), and Remain in Light (1980), which blended their art school sensibilities with influence from artists such as Parliament-Funkadelic and Fela Kuti. From the early 1980s, they included additional musicians in their recording sessions and shows, including guitarist Adrian Belew, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, singer Nona Hendryx, and bassist Busta Jones.

Talking Heads reached their commercial peak in 1983 with the U.S. Top 10 hit "Burning Down the House" from the album Speaking in Tongues. In 1984, they released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme. For these performances, they were joined by Worrell, the guitarist Alex Weir, the percussionist Steve Scales and the singers Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt. In 1985, Talking Heads released their best-selling album, Little Creatures. They produced a soundtrack album for Byrne's film True Stories (1986), and released their final album, worldbeat-influenced Naked (1988), before disbanding in 1991. Without Byrne, the other band members performed under the name Shrunken Heads, and released an album, No Talking, Just Head, as the Heads in 1996.

In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their albums appeared in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, 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 number 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", they were ranked number 100.

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1977Talking Heads: 77Talking Heads3.827
1978More Songs About Buildings and FoodTalking Heads417
1979Fear of MusicTalking Heads4.120
1980Remain in LightTalking Heads4.329
1983Speaking in TonguesTalking Heads3.7527
1985Little CreaturesTalking Heads3.420
1986True StoriesTalking Heads2.914
1988NakedTalking Heads319

Album + Compilation

1992Once in a Lifetime: The Best OfTalking Heads38
1992Popular Favorites: Sand in the VaselineTalking Heads46
1997The OriginalsTalking Heads1
199912x12 Original RemixesTalking Heads32
2003Once in a LifetimeTalking Heads4
2004The Best of Talking HeadsTalking Heads5
2005Talking HeadsTalking Heads51
2006Bonus Rarities and OuttakesTalking Heads1
2007The CollectionTalking Heads1
2009Same as It Ever WasTalking Heads1
2011EssentialTalking Heads1

Album + Soundtrack

1986Sounds From True StoriesTalking Heads1
1986True Stories SoundtrackTalking Heads1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

1984Stop Making SenseTalking Heads436

Album + Live

1982The Name of This Band Is Talking HeadsTalking Heads4.359
2000Live in RomaTalking Heads32
20131978‐08‐28: Park West, Chicago, IL, USATalking Heads5
2014PerformanceTalking Heads4
2014Boston Tea Party (live)Talking Heads1
2015Boarding House San Francisco Ca. September 16, 1978Talking Heads1
20151980‐08‐23: Heatwave Festival, Mosport Park, Bowmanville, ON, CanadaTalking Heads2
2020Falling Upwards (live 1979)Talking Heads1
2021Expansion (live 1982)Talking Heads1
2022It’s Not Yesterday (live Hempstead ’78 WLIR broadcast)Talking Heads1
2022Stay Hungry: Talking Heads RecordingsTalking Heads1


1977Psycho KillerTalking Heads3
1977Love → Building on Fire / New FeelingTalking Heads1
1978The Good ThingTalking Heads1
1978Take Me to the RiverTalking Heads1
1979Life During WartimeTalking Heads1
1980CitiesTalking Heads1
1980Crosseyed and PainlessTalking Heads1
1980Once in a LifetimeTalking Heads5
1981Houses in MotionTalking Heads2
1982I ZimbraTalking Heads1
1982Life During Wartime (live)Talking Heads1
1983Burning Down the HouseTalking Heads3
1983Slippery PeopleTalking Heads2
1983This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)Talking Heads2
1984Girlfriend Is BetterTalking Heads1
1985And She WasTalking Heads14
1985Road to NowhereTalking Heads3
1985The Lady Don’t MindTalking Heads2
1986Love for SaleTalking Heads1
1986Radio HeadTalking Heads2
1986Wild Wild LifeTalking Heads3
1988(Nothing but) FlowersTalking Heads1
1988BlindTalking Heads3
1989Love Goes to a Building on Fire / Psycho Killer / Once in a Lifetime / Burning Down the HouseTalking Heads1
1992Lifetime Piling UpTalking Heads2
2016This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)Talking Heads / Echosmith1
2017This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)Talking Heads / Wildling1

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