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"Remain In Light"
© Sire Records
Year of Release: 1980
Born Under Punches
(The Heat Goes On)
The Great Curve
Once In A Lifetime
Houses In Motion
Seen And Not Seen
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"Remain In Light"
In honor of The Talking Heads inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
earlier this year, The Talking Heads returns to the WSVNRadio site with their
1980 release, Remain In Light. The song that stands out from this
album is "Once In A Lifetime," where visions and memories of high school
are X'ed in my mind, and the famous lines from this song... "You may find
yourself in a beautiful house... With a beautiful wife... And you may ask
yourself -- Well... how did I get here?"
Previous releases classifed their music as New Wave Punk, yet this type
of music is not the case for many songs on Remain In Light. The opening
track, "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)" has a more tropical,
African-music type atmosphere. Likewise, "The Great Curve" experiments
with upbeat African-type music as well. (World Music would be the appropriate
term, as another artist, Peter Gabriel would also have a future interest in this
type of music.)
On that note, "Houses In Motion" is kinda weird. Experimenting with
African music, this one is very different. We can also say the same with
"Seen And Not Seen," where it does have some upbeat rhythms and thanks
to producer Brian Eno, his interest in experimental keyboards gives this song
a different touch -- this keyboard experimentation can be referred to the likes
of Kraftwerk, a band that heavily used keyboards, and what would later become
techno music. The album's closing track, "The Overload" definitely has
an eerie and mysterious atmosphere; a good soundtrack tune for a mystery novel,
and a good mind wanderer.
"Crosseyed And Painless" and "Once In A Lifetime" are
probably the only songs on this release, that can relate to the early New Wave
sound of The Talking Heads.
The Talking Heads did a complete 180 on Remain In Light, by
experimenting with other sources of music, not regularly heard on previous
releases. With the help of Brian Eno, keyboard experimentation, and African
music, Remain In Light is a different experience in sound. New Wave is
not best described as a whole for this album; the best way to describe
Remain In Light would be an experience in sound and mind.
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