History Music / TalkingHeads

26th Jul '16 4:21:09 AM 06tele
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* InsufferableGenius: David Byrne is this in a way.

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* InsufferableGenius: David The other members came to regard Byrne is this in a way.as this, and on the DVD commentary for ''StopMakingSense'' he admitted that there was some justice to it (see ControlFreak, above.)
26th Jul '16 4:15:10 AM 06tele
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** "Psycho Killer" used to be this in concert: the final section would devolve into Byrne and Harrison duelling on guitars for minutes on end.



* FakeGuestStar: Adrian Belew lobbied hard to be the fifth member of the band but in the end Byrne decided that if anyone was going be their resident guitar hero, it was himself. The late Bernie Worrell toured with the band a lot in the early 80s and is regarded by some as being a ''de facto'' fifth member.

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* FakeGuestStar: Adrian Belew lobbied hard to be the fifth member of the band but in the end Byrne decided that if anyone was going be their resident guitar hero, it was would be himself. The late Bernie Worrell toured with the band a lot in the early 80s and is regarded by some as being a ''de facto'' fifth member.
26th Jul '16 4:11:53 AM 06tele
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* PepTalkSong: A lot of the band's early songs were these: "New Feeling", "Tentative Decisions", "Don't Worry About The Government", "The Girls Want To Be With The Girls", "The Good Thing". These are what gave the band its early reputation for being clean-cut preppies or even proto-yuppies.
** Later on, "Road to Nowhere" is a Pep Talk Song about reconciling yourself to the inevitability of death.
26th Jul '16 3:39:52 AM 06tele
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** The final song on ''Fear of Music'', "Drugs", is itself a Darker and Edgier reworking of an earlier song called "Electricity", which had the same words and chord structure but an entirely different feel.
26th Jul '16 3:09:13 AM 06tele
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Byrne's creepy breathless singing on "Drugs" was caused by him running on the spot while he was doing the vocal.
26th Jul '16 3:08:37 AM 06tele
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Byrne's creepy breathless singing on "Drugs" was caused by him running on the spot while he was doing the vocal.



* FakeGuestStar: Bernie Worrell, a funk musician known for his work with [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament-Funkadelic,]] was never an official member of the band, but performed with them for virtually their entire existence, and is usually regarded as the ''de facto'' fifth member.

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* FakeGuestStar: Bernie Worrell, a funk musician known for his work with [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament-Funkadelic,]] was never an official Adrian Belew lobbied hard to be the fifth member of the band, band but performed with them for virtually in the end Byrne decided that if anyone was going be their entire existence, resident guitar hero, it was himself. The late Bernie Worrell toured with the band a lot in the early 80s and is usually regarded by some as the being a ''de facto'' fifth member.



* InTheStyleOf: "The Overload" is in the style of Music/JoyDivision, but because Talking Heads had never listened to the band, it was based on what the music press wrote about them. Impressively, it's not far off from how Joy Division actually sounded, although when the Heads finally heard Joy Division they were disappointed -- they thought the Manchester band was a lot more conventional than they'd been led to imagine.

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* InTheStyleOf: "The Overload" is in the style of Music/JoyDivision, but because Talking Heads had never listened to the band, it was based on what descriptions of Joy Division's sound that the band had read in the music press wrote about them. Impressively, it's press. It's not all that far off from how Joy Division actually sounded, although when the Heads finally heard Joy Division they were disappointed -- they thought that the Manchester band was a lot more conventional than they'd been led to imagine.
10th Jun '16 11:49:40 PM nombretomado
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->'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Statler:]]''' Same as it ever was.\\
'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Waldorf:]]''' Same as it ever was.\\

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->'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf ->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Statler:]]''' Same as it ever was.\\
'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf '''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Waldorf:]]''' Same as it ever was.\\
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.
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