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"Talking Heads: 77"
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Year of Release: 1977
Love Comes To Town
Who Is It
The Book I Read
Don't Worry About
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"Talking Heads: 77"
The Talking Heads' debut album, Talking Heads: 77 featured "Psycho Killer,"
a song about thoughts from an (obvious) serial killer. This song was heavily played on radio
stations with New Wave/Punk formats. Chicago's WXRT was how I was introduced to this band, as
another hit "Life During Wartime" was my first taste of this band, likewise this song was
on the soundtrack of Times Square. "Psycho Killer" would be heard in my head later
afterwards, as well as other songs that would be famous by David Byrne and company.
Talking Heads' music is described in one word: Weird. Althought there are many songs
I truly enjoy by them, their music did get better as each of their albums were releasded.
As I listen to their debut album, it is truly pointed out (especially after the third song)
that their signature sound and style would be idenitified in the many years to come of
Starting out the album, is "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town" a bouncy sounding tune,
and not the traditional TH sound we would know in later years. "New Feeling" begins
the traditional Talking Heads new wave/punk style. "Tentative Decisions" continues
this sound, as it could be compared as a slowed-down version of a song that they would later
be famous, "Wild Wild Life."
But unfortunately, from this point on to the rest of the album, the songs just sound a bit
weird for me. Granted, "Psycho Killer" is the standout tune from this release.
"Pulled Up" would be another heavily played song that I remembered, and probably the
second best tune.
The Talking Heads may not have been one of my truly best bands, and New Wave/Punk also not
being at the top of my favorite genres. But this band has had their share of the spotlight, with
memorable tunes throughout their career. "Psycho Killer" and "Pulled Up" are the
obvious choices from Talking Heads: 77. Yet the rest of the album does have the "hit or miss"
effect, it was the start of a band that would definitely get better in their later years, and future
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