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 33 1/3 series.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Critical darlings from the get-go, their cover of "Take Me to the River" 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.
  • What Could Have Been: The band considered supporting True Stories with a tour of drive-in theaters.