We listened to the Talking Heads from Junior High (1977-1979) and continued our appreciation through High School and early college with estimable releases like Speaking in Tongues (June 1, 1983). So much begins with Burning Down the House, from  Speaking in Tongues, released: on June 1, 1983. Speaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album by Talking Heads, released by Sire Records on June 1, 1983. Speaking in Tongues, Burning Down the House,  christened parties, including our younger brother’s high school graduation, encouraging dad to the dance floor. Speaking in Tongues release was a break from producer Brian Eno, and it produced the first big hit, Burning down the House. The album’s tour was documented in Jonathan Demme‘s 1984 film Stop Making Sense, which generated a live album of the same name

In 1973, Rhode Island School of Design students David Byrne (guitar and vocals) and Chris Frantz (drums) formed a band, the Artistics. Fellow student Tina Weymouth, Frantz’s girlfriend, often provided transportation. The Artistics dissolved the following year, and the three moved to New York City, eventually sharing a communal loft. After they could not find a bassist, Weymouth took up the role. Frantz encouraged Weymouth to learn to play bass by listening to Suzi Quatro’s albums. Byrne asked Weymouth to audition three times before she joined the band. David Byrne came with innate natural strange David lynch charisma to spare.  No one wore an oversized suit better than David Byrne.  What could Adrian Belew and Brian Eno do with this fantastic group of Rhode Island School of Design grads?  Talking Heads had tapped Adrian Belew and their producer Brian Eno (with whom he’d worked on Lodger) to add guitar solos to several tracks on the Remain in Light album. He was added to the expanded nine-piece Talking Heads live band for tours in late 1980 and early 1981. Eno produced three studio albums from the Talking Heads: 1978’s ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food,’ 1979’s ‘Fear of Music’ and 1980’s ‘Remain in Light.

Everything Belew played on Remain In Light was recorded in that one day. That’s the kind of spontaneity and creativity you might expect from a musician discovered playing his unique, angular, atmospheric lead guitar just a few years earlier by Frank Zappa in Nashville and soon found himself playing with some of the most exciting acts in popular music: King Crimson, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock and, yes, Talking Heads.

The band was composed of Scottish-born David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Described as “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s”, Talking Heads helped to pioneer new wave music, elements of punk, art rock, funk, and world music with an anxious, clean-cut image. From the early 1980s, they included additional musicians in their recording sessions and shows, including guitarist Adrian Belew, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, singer Nona Hendryx, and bassist Busta Jones. We have included the requisite, full concert Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light album full and several choice live recordings covering the rich creative periods from 1977-1981. The live shows during this period showcase the core group’s chief talents, stage presence, and individual standouts with Tina on Bass, Adrian Belew’s impressionistic guitar work, David Byrnes’s shamanic vocal control, and the incomparable vocal stylings of Nona Hendryx. Throughout, one is left with no doubt, the master of ceremonies is of course, David Byrne.


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Burning Down The House 00:00 Making Flippy Floppy 04:10 Girlfriend Is Better 10:03 Slippery People 15:46 I Get Wild / Wild Gravity 20:52 Swamp 26:10 Moon Rocks 31:22 Pull Up The Roots 37:07 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) 42:17


Burning Down the House


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00:00 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 05:48 Crosseyed and Painless 10:34 The Great Curve 17:01 Once in a Lifetime 21:19 Houses in Motion 25:52 Seen and Not Seen 29:17 Listening Wind 34:02 The Overload

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This is the minimalist aesthetic, characteristic of both Belew and Eno at the time, both influenced by the composer Stephen Reich.

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I played this song for my dad as he died. He always told me that he thought this is what heaven would be like, a place where nothing ever happens. I’m learning to sing and play this on guitar so I can play it at his memorial next month. He’s been gone for almost a year. I miss him so much. The Talking Heads were a huge part of our relationship.

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Adrian Belew with Jerry Harrison Talking Heads 1980

00:00 Psycho Killer 06:36 Cities 12:20 I Zimbra 16:46 Once in a Lifetime 22:50 Animals 27:23 Crosseyed and Painless 35:05 Life During Wartime 41:57 The Great Curve


+ Bernie Worell, Dolette McDonald, Steve Scales, and Busta Jones

Psycho Killer
I Zimbra
Once in a lifetime
Crosseyed and painless
Life during wartime
The great curve
Once in a Lifetime (Live at Sun Plaza Tokyo)

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Animals (Live at Sun Plaza Tokyo)
Song 2 of 2
Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime
Chris Frantz
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022 – Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew – Remain in Light

Jerry Harrison – guitar, keyboard, vocals
Adrian Belew – guitar, vocals
Julie Slick – bass
Yehuda Garcia-Torres – percussion

Former Turkuaz members:
Craig Brodhead – guitar, keys
Michelangelo Carubba – drums
Chris Brouwers – trumpet, keys
Greg Sanderson – tenor sax
Josh Schwartz – baritone sax, vocals
Sammi Garett – vocals
Shira Elias – vocals

0:00:34 Psycho Killer
0:06:20 Crosseyed and Painless
0:13:22 Houses in Motion
0:20:25 I Zimbra
0:25:14 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
0:32:13 Rev It Up
0:38:18 Thela Hun Ginjeet
0:45:17 Life During Wartime
0:51:10 Once in a Lifetime
0:56:50 Take Me to the River
1:03:11 The Great Curve