Trivia / Talking Heads


  • Big Name Fan: When John Cale met Brian Eno at a late 70s Talking Heads gig, Cale said "I want them, you bastard!" Which startled Eno, who up until then hadn't thought about producing them. Eno subsequently wrote them a tribute song, "King's Lead Hat", and co-produced their second, third, and fourth albums.
    • When Dave Eggers was a teenager in the mid-80s, at a time when the video for "Road to Nowhere" was on heavy rotation on MTV, he developed a ritual of coming home from school and fixing himself a snack and watching the video obsessively, convinced that it contained important occult knowledge.note 
    • Jonathan Lethem wrote an entire book about Fear of Music for the 33⅓ series.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Critical darlings from the get-go, their cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River" on More Songs About Buildings And Food was their first single that did any kind of business on the Top 40.
  • Creative Differences: Part of the reason the band never reformed. The other part is the other band members' personal issues with David Byrne.
  • Creator Couple: Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Byrne's creepy breathless singing on "Drugs" was caused by him running on the spot while he was doing the vocal.
  • Name's the Same: The "Gene Wilder" credited with playing congas on "I Zimbra" is not the actor.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Love → Building on Fire" was written after the building Byrne, Frantz and Weymouth caught on fire.
  • What Could Have Been: The band considered supporting True Stories with a tour of drive-in theaters.

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