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6th May '16 8:46:02 PM bt8257
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* AfterTheEnd: "(Nothing But) Flowers."
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "And She Was."
* AntiLoveSong: "I'm Not in Love."
* AxCrazy: The narrator of "Psycho Killer."
* TheBandMinusTheFace: ''[[TakeThat No Talking]] Just Head,'' a 1996 album by ''The Heads'' (the band minus Byrne), with a different vocalist on each of the tracks. Byrne sued them so they couldn't tour under the name.
* BoDiddleyBeat: "Ruby Dear."
* BowtiesAreCool: "Once in a Lifetime."

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* AfterTheEnd: "(Nothing But) Flowers."
Flowers".
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "And She Was."
Was".
* AntiLoveSong: "I'm Not in Love."
Love".
* AxCrazy: The narrator of "Psycho Killer."
Killer".
* TheBandMinusTheFace: ''[[TakeThat No Talking]] Just Head,'' Head'', a 1996 album by ''The Heads'' (the band minus Byrne), with a different vocalist on each of the tracks. Byrne sued them so they couldn't tour under the name.
* BoDiddleyBeat: "Ruby Dear."
Dear".
* BowtiesAreCool: "Once in a Lifetime."Lifetime".



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Fear of Music.''
* EpicRocking: ''The Name of This Band is Talking Heads'' features the live version of "Born Under Punches" clocking in at 8:25 with the band performing the song and milking every minute for what it's worth. "The Great Curve" and "Houses in Motion" on the same album are both over six minutes and show the best parts of the ''Remain in Light'' album and the best parts of the band in their prime.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Fear of Music.''
Music''.
* EpicRocking: ''The Name of This Band is Is Talking Heads'' features the live version of "Born Under Punches" clocking in at 8:25 with the band performing the song and milking every minute for what it's its worth. "The Great Curve" and "Houses in Motion" on the same album are both over six minutes and show the best parts of the ''Remain in Light'' album and the best parts of the band in their prime.



* FakeOutFadeOut: "No Compassion."

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* FakeOutFadeOut: "No Compassion."Compassion".



* FlyoverCountry: "The Big Country."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "And She Was," one of their biggest hit singles, is about a drug trip (almost certainly acid); it's almost painfully obvious when you pay attention.
* GratuitousFrench: "Psycho Killer."

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* FlyoverCountry: "The Big Country."
Country".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "And She Was," Was", one of their biggest hit singles, is about a drug trip (almost certainly acid); it's almost painfully obvious when you pay attention.
* GratuitousFrench: "Psycho Killer."Killer".



* HeavyMeta: "Electric Guitar."

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* HeavyMeta: "Electric Guitar."Guitar".



* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Album Naming]]: Their live album ''The Name of This Band is Talking Heads'' stems from Byrne announcing the next songs as: "The name of this song is [insert song title here]."

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* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Album Naming]]: Their live album ''The Name of This Band is Is Talking Heads'' stems from Byrne announcing the next songs as: "The name of this song is [insert song title here]."



* IntercourseWithYou: "Making Flippy-Floppy."

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* IntercourseWithYou: "Making Flippy-Floppy."Flippy-Floppy".



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Remain In Light'' and ''Little Creatures.'' [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by David Byrne in the first appearance of the expanded touring band, saying: "We don't sound like we used to."
* NonAppearingTitle: "Life During Wartime" and "New Feeling," among others.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Remain In Light'' and ''Little Creatures.'' [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] Creatures''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by David Byrne in the first appearance of the expanded touring band, saying: "We don't sound like we used to."
* NonAppearingTitle: "Life During Wartime" and "New Feeling," Feeling", among others.



* OccidentalOtaku: David Byrne's staging for Music/TalkingHeads' 1983 tour, as captured in ''Film/StopMakingSense,'' was inspired by Kabuki and Noh theater, including the famous big suit and the stagehands dressed in black visible to the audience.

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* OccidentalOtaku: David Byrne's staging for Music/TalkingHeads' 1983 tour, as captured in ''Film/StopMakingSense,'' ''Film/StopMakingSense'', was inspired by Kabuki and Noh theater, including the famous big suit and the stagehands dressed in black visible to the audience.



** Chris Frantz notably gets this wrong in ''Film/StopMakingSense:''

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** Chris Frantz notably gets this wrong in ''Film/StopMakingSense:''''Film/StopMakingSense'':



* TextlessAlbumCover: ''More Songs about Buildings and Food.''

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* TextlessAlbumCover: ''More Songs about Buildings and Food.''Food''.



** According to Byrne, Tina Weymouth would [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech write scathing letters to him]] in the 1990's, but then by the end of each letter would ask why he didn't want to work with her or the other members of the band anymore.
* {{Utopia}}: Deconstructed with "Nothing But Flowers," where the singer is utterly bored by the paradisical garden world he's stuck in.
* VillainSong: "Psycho Killer."

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** According to Byrne, Tina Weymouth would [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech write scathing letters to him]] in the 1990's, 1990s, but then by the end of each letter would ask why he didn't want to work with her or the other members of the band anymore.
* {{Utopia}}: Deconstructed with "Nothing But Flowers," "(Nothing But) Flowers", where the singer is utterly bored by the paradisical paradisaical garden world he's stuck in.
* VillainSong: "Psycho Killer."Killer".



* WordSaladLyrics: David Byrne is fond of these. "Burning Down the House," for example, is just a list of phrases that fit the rhythm he had composed and loosely fit together thematically.

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* WordSaladLyrics: David Byrne is fond of these. "Burning Down the House," House", for example, is just a list of phrases that fit the rhythm he had composed and loosely fit together thematically.
5th May '16 2:40:18 PM aye_amber
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[[GenreBusting The new wave musical style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, afrobeat and art rock.]] Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed whimsical, esoteric lyrics to the band's songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances. The band worked with famous RecordProducer Music/BrianEno on all their albums between 197880, whose influence steered them towards their SignatureStyle dominated by incredibly dense, hypnotic funk grooves over which Byrne would improvise his vocals. They parted ways with Eno after their masterpiece ''Remain in Light'' and continued with a LighterAndSofter sound for the rest of their career, to increasing dissatisfaction from fans and critics. In 1986, they made a movie called ''Film/TrueStories,'' starring FaceOfTheBand David Byrne as the narrator. (Ironically, the film itself falls under the ''trope'' Main/TalkingHeads.)

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[[GenreBusting The new wave musical style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, afrobeat and art rock.]] Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed whimsical, esoteric lyrics to the band's songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances. The band worked with famous RecordProducer Music/BrianEno on all their albums between 197880, whose influence steered them towards their SignatureStyle dominated by incredibly dense, hypnotic funk grooves over which Byrne would improvise his vocals. They parted ways with Eno after their masterpiece ''Remain in Light'' and continued with a LighterAndSofter sound for the rest of their career, to increasing dissatisfaction from fans and critics. In 1986, they made a movie called ''Film/TrueStories,'' starring FaceOfTheBand David Byrne as the narrator. (Ironically, the film itself falls under the ''trope'' Main/TalkingHeads.TalkingHeads.)
30th Apr '16 4:30:59 PM DavidDelony
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** Music/ThePixies' "Dig for Fire" is also written in the style of Talking Heads.
30th Apr '16 4:27:55 PM DavidDelony
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** Music/WeirdAlYankovic gave the band one with his original song "Dog Eat Dog", written in the style of a Talking Heads song. In live performances, he even dons a ''Film/StopMakingSense''-inspired big suit.
15th Mar '16 9:17:37 AM DavidDelony
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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the line "I know you wanna leave me" from ''The Temptations''' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the line "I know you wanna leave me" from ''The Temptations''' Temptations'' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
15th Mar '16 9:17:21 AM DavidDelony
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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the "I know you wanna leave me" from ''The Temptations''' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the line "I know you wanna leave me" from ''The Temptations''' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
14th Mar '16 11:24:09 PM Green_lantern40
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* IconicOutfit: Byrne's gigantic suit from ''Stop Making Sense,'' which Music/WeirdAlYankovic later parodied in his spoof of them: "Dog Eat Dog."

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* IconicOutfit: Byrne's gigantic white suit from ''Stop Making Sense,'' which Sense''. Music/WeirdAlYankovic later parodied in dons a similar costume while performing his spoof style parody of them: them, "Dog Eat Dog."Dog", in concert.
19th Feb '16 8:49:33 AM DavidDelony
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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the "I know you wanna leave me line" from ''The Temptations''' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the "I know you wanna leave me line" me" from ''The Temptations''' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
19th Feb '16 2:27:38 AM aye_amber
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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the "I know you wanna leave me line" from Music/TheTemptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

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** "Stay Up Late" quotes the "I know you wanna leave me line" from Music/TheTemptations' ''The Temptations''' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
19th Feb '16 2:25:44 AM aye_amber
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** A spectacularly obscure one in the video for "Once In A Lifetime" -- During his time at the Rhode Island School of Design, David Byrne worked at a "New York System" hot dog stand in Providence. The up the arm chopping motion from his weird, twitchy dancing exactly matches the procedure for putting toppings on a row of short, chili soaked hot dogs.

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** A spectacularly obscure one in the video for "Once In A in a Lifetime" -- During his time at the Rhode Island School of Design, David Byrne worked at a "New York System" hot dog stand in Providence. The up the arm chopping motion from his weird, twitchy dancing exactly matches the procedure for putting toppings on a row of short, chili soaked hot dogs.
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