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Weekly Vinyl – Speaking tongues

17 Jul

Speaking in Tongues
Talking Heads
(1983)

There’s a few interesting things about this album.
The big hit of this album is “Burning Down the House.” It is the first song on Side A of the Album. Because of this song I stopped liking or listening to Talking heads for a brief bit in the 80s. It was such a monster hit that people who previously thought that the Talking Heads was a weird band were now messianic converts explaining to me how great the band was. (I was a fan since their first album – 1977.)
Another also concerns “Burning Down the House.” It has more or less the same chords and chord progression as the Talking Heads song “Psycho Killer.” If you play guitar try it – you can meld both songs pretty well.
The last thing is that this is truly a great album. Each song is interesting, unique but still funky, driven and fresh over 30 years later.

Weekly Vinyl – True Stories

28 Nov

True Stories
Talking Heads
(1986)
SONY DSC
This is not the soundtrack to the Talking Heads movie True Stories. This is the album of the Talking heads playing the songs from the movie. The soundtrack has the actors singing the songs.
I should put a disclaimer here – True Stories is one of my favourite movies. It is a brilliant movie. As a standalone album this is a great collection of songs. I have not seen the move for a year or so, so I am listening to this record with a bit of distance and trying to judge it on its merits alone.
The songs are compelling and emotional. They deal with the common themes in Talking Heads and David Byrne’s music – consumerism, alienation, absurdity and Americana. Particularly strong are the songs “City of Dreams”, “Dream Operator” and “Radio Head”. The latter song inspired a certain band to name itself Radiohead.
I like this album. It is fun and poignant at the same time. The musical arrangements are tight, and Byrne’s voice is very strong.