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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). Described by the critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s", the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punk, art rock, funk, and world music with avant-garde sensibilities and an anxious, clean-cut image.

Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads released its debut album, Talking Heads: 77, to positive reviews in 1977. They subsequently collaborated with the producer Brian Eno on a trio of experimental and critically acclaimed releases: More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979), and Remain in Light (1980). After a hiatus, the band hit its commercial peak in 1983 with the U.S. Top 10 hit "Burning Down the House" and released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme. The band released several more albums, including their best-selling LP Little Creatures (1985), before disbanding in 1991.

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 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", the band was ranked at number 100.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads 3.8 21
1978 More Songs About Buildings and Food Talking Heads 3.8 12
1979 Fear of Music Talking Heads 4.2 16
1980 Remain in Light Talking Heads 4.65 20
1983 Speaking in Tongues Talking Heads 3.8 17
1985 Little Creatures Talking Heads 3.5 12
1986 True Stories Talking Heads 2.8 10
1988 Naked Talking Heads 3.15 11

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Once in a Lifetime: The Best Of Talking Heads 6
1992 Popular Favorites: Sand in the Vaseline Talking Heads 4
1997 The Originals Talking Heads 1
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 7
2014 Performance Talking Heads 2

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Stop Making Sense Talking Heads 4.25 20

Single

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
1979 Life During Wartime Talking Heads 1
1980 Cities Talking Heads 1
1980 Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads 5
1981 Houses in Motion Talking Heads 1
1982 Life During Wartime (live) 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
2017 This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) Talking Heads / Wildling 1

Other

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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 True Creature (1984 Demos) Talking Heads 1
Outtakes, Demos & Alternates Talking Heads 1

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