Personalities | Talking Heads | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1975–91)

David Byrne (vocals), Tina Weymouth (vocals) and Chris Frantz (drums) formed Talking Heads at art school and were signed after performances at New York’s famed CBGB. Jerry Harrison (guitar, keyboards) joined soon after. Their 1977 debut album Talking Heads ‘77 established their nervy, funky style, with Byrne’s cryptic lyrics. Brian Eno became their producer with More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978). Fear Of Music (1979) broadened their palate with African sounds, while Remain In Light (1980) yielded the UK hit ‘Once In A Lifetime’. Live album Stop Making Sense (1984), with its wonderful Jonathan Demme-directed film, set new standards in the field. After 1985’s Little Creatures, the band, particularly Byrne, seemed distracted by solo projects (Frantz and Weymouth with Tom Tom Club, Byrne with his world music label Luaka Bop) and the end was inevitable. Giants of new wave, and immeasurably influential, they made art rock palatable to the mainstream.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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