Talking Heads

Talking Heads
Talking Heads performing at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 13, 1978
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1975–1991
LabelsSire/Warner Bros., EMI, Rhino
Associated actsTom Tom Club, Brian Eno, Casual Gods, The Modern Lovers
Past members
David Byrne
Chris Frantz
Tina Weymouth
Jerry Harrison
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Talking Heads was a rock band from the United States. The band first became popular in the late 1970s. Talking Heads had an early influence on other musical groups by combining the sounds of punk, art rock, funk, dance and world music with an avant-garde style and the anxious way David Byrne sang on stage.


Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said Talking Heads was "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s."[2]

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. Three of their songs ("Psycho Killer," "Life During Wartime," and "Once in a Lifetime") were listed in "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".[7] Talking Heads were also included at #64 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."[8] In the 2011 update of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," the band was ranked at No. 100.[9]


  • Talking Heads: 77 (1977)
  • More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)
  • Fear of Music (1979)
  • Remain in Light (1980)
  • Speaking in Tongues (1983)
  • Little Creatures (1985)
  • True Stories (1986)
  • Naked (1988)


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  3. Gittins, Ian. Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime : the Stories Behind Every Song. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004. p. 5.
  4. Holden, Stephen (February 28, 1999). "MUSIC; They're Recording, but Are They Artists?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  5. "Head Games: 'Talking Heads: Chronology'" (PDF). PopMatters. February 22, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
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  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. "The Greatest - Ep. 215". Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  9. "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2016.