Talking Heads

Formed 1974. Disbanded 1991.
Talking Heads


Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals and guitar), Chris Frantz (drums and backing vocals), Tina Weymouth (bass and backing vocals) and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals). Other musicians also regularly made appearances in concert and on the group's albums. The new wave style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk rock, art rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, world music, and Americana. Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed whimsical, esoteric lyrics to the band's songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances.

Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Talking Heads as being "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits." In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and the Channel 4 100 Greatest Albums poll listed one album (Fear of Music) at number 76. In the 2011 update of Rolling Stone 's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", the band was ranked at No. 100.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Talking Heads 77

    Talking Heads 77 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    What's surprising is how lush these remasters sound.
  2. Review of Once In A Lifetime

    Once In A Lifetime 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Twelve years after a final messy divorce it's time to make flippy floppy once more.
  3. Review of Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense 1984

    Reviewed by Mark Beaumont
    The Heads’ coming of age still makes near perfect sense.
  4. Review of Remain in Light

    Remain in Light 1980

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Tracks that continue to fascinate and inspire over 30 years after their creation.
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