Rocks In The Attic #454: Talking Heads – ‘Talking Heads: 77’ (1977)

RITA#454Hands down my favourite Talking Heads record, this debut might not have Brian Eno’s production (he was installed from More Songs About Buildings And Food onwards), or the chart-storming later singles such as Once In A Lifetime or Road To Nowhere, but it has a certain charm that is impossible not to love.

You know something is immediately different with this record – with this band, in fact – when just a few lines into opening song Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town, they break into a steel drum solo. Steel drums? Hang on, isn’t this a new wave band, a product of New York’s punk movement? To provide some context, their first gig was opening for the Ramones at CBGBs. That bass line in Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town doesn’t suit a post-punk / new wave band either. It’s a little too close to disco.

If nothing else, this band defies convention. More Velvet Underground style art-rock than any of their CBGB peers (except maybe Television), Talking Heads would carve a niche between the underground and the mainstream throughout the 1980s. The direction that the band would take seemed to get more and more serious as the band progressed – perhaps as a product of that self-obsessed, greedy decade that the ‘80s became – however this record is easily their most fun offering.

Hit: Psycho Killer

Hidden Gem: Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town

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One thought on “Rocks In The Attic #454: Talking Heads – ‘Talking Heads: 77’ (1977)

  1. fishface

    Loved this album when it first came out – it was different in an angular way. I hadn’t thought about the likeness to VU before, but can see where you’re coming from – awkward listening in the same way that Television were.

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