Talking Heads were one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of the post-punk and new wave era. Their arty, idiosyncratic pop provided some of pop music’s most memorable moments of the late 70s and early 80s. They formed in 1974, and emerged with their debut album in 1977. However, it took until the mid-80s for them to reach their commercial peak, with 1983’s Speaking In Tongues and 1985’s Little Creatures both reaching the upper regions of the USA and UK albums charts. Many of their songs are now considered classics, have been frequently covered, and have influenced countless subsequent bands. However, they did not enjoy hit after hit at the time, and only enjoyed one Top 10 hit in the USA (Burning Down The House), and one in the UK (Road To Nowhere), and some of their more famous songs, such as Psycho Killer and Once In A Lifetime, were relatively minor hits. Their music was characterised by quirky, often-satirical lyrics, David Byrnes eccentric, unconventional vocals, and a strong emphasis on rhythm. The members gradually drifted off in pursuit of other projects, and the band officially split in 1991. The original members, minus Byrne, released new material as The Heads, and the full line-up reformed for a one-off gig in 2002, marking their induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Followers: Pixies, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand, Editors, They Might Be Giants, Ed Stasium
Influenced By: The Velvet Underground, Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers, Funkadelic, David Bowie, Roxy Music...