Talking Heads: 77 (studio album) by Talking Heads

Talking Heads: 77
Talking Heads: 77 by Talking Heads
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 474th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 748 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1977 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (111th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (474th)
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Talking Heads: 77 is ranked 5th best out of 15 albums by Talking Heads on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Talking Heads is Remain In Light which is ranked number 30 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 35,771.

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From 02/23/2021 00:09
I apologise to everyone on behalf of the last reviewers overly-long, rambling, boring comment about other bands.
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From 01/20/2021 19:35
The band's debut. Released in the same year as Television's debut, Marquee Moon, Wire's debut Pink Flag, Elvis Costello's debut My Aim Is True, Ian Dury's debut New Boots, Mink Deville's debut Cabretta, the third album by the Residents, Fingerprince, the third album by Split Enz, Dizrythmia, the fourth album by Dave Edmunds, Get It, and a few months before XTC's debut White Music, a year before Devo's debut Are We Not Men?, Buzzcock's debut Another Music, Rezillo's debut, Can't Stand, and Wreckless Eric's debut The Wonderful World. The music here fits in with what else is happening at the time in both the UK and America. The music of the above artists is classed as belonging to one or other or a mix of these: pub rock, art rock, new wave, and art punk (a genre I'd previously not been aware of). Pub rock is sometimes seen as a precursor to punk rock, but it had a long history in which the attitude and style of music of the main practitioners, such as Dr Feelgood, Nick Lowe, The Stranglers, and Ian Dury, continued into and beyond punk; so, while the two movements might have features in common, they were distinct and separate. Pub rock, like punk, was about the songs rather than the music; unlike punk, it wasn't about attitude or clothing or being part of a movement or making a statement, it was just about playing good songs and entertaining people. As with punk, pub rock had a distain for the flashy, the pretentious, the ambitious, the indulgent, etc; but, unlike punk, in pub rock there was a pride in writing good songs with an awareness of R&B, and playing them well. America didn't have a pub rock scene, though it had CBGB, a New York club, which attracted bands, such as The Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads, with a similar interest in playing well written and entertaining songs with an awareness of R&B. The difference with CBGB is that the artists there were more aware of being part of a scene, and so were more self-conscious, and often came from an art school or arty background, so there was a little more emphasis on image and appearance, but not so much that it detracted from the music. The music that came from the CBGB artists is generally termed new wave; a genre considered to be closely related to punk rock, and also with pub rock. Generally the difference between punk and new wave is that new wave is mostly seen as being more melodic, more pop focused, more arty, more musical, and less aggressive, less banner waving, and less tribal. The difference between pub rock and new wave is more to do with time and place. Those who encountered The Stranglers early in their career saw them as pub rock, those who encountered them later saw them as either punk or new wave, depending on how closely they looked. If Dr Feelgood had released their first album in 1977 rather than 1975, they likely would have been regarded as part of the UK punk or new wave scene. They might, however, have been regarded as too old and inappropriately dressed for punk, so most likely would have been regarded as new wave.

These days the term "new wave" is regarded as too broad and inclusive to be meaningful, and clearly "pub rock" does not sit well for an American band who only ever played one pub in the UK (The Greyhound in Croydon), but it is still useful to look at what else was happening at the time, to understand the musical impulse. Within that area of music in which Talking Head's debut sits most comfortably, it doesn't really stand out, apart from "Psycho Killer", which was released as a single, caught the attention of Brian Eno, and would point the direction the band would now profitably go in. Without "Psycho Killer" this is no more remarkable than XTC's White Music or Fingerprince by the Residents or Dizrythmia by Split Enz, and somewhat less remarkable than Television's Marquee Moon or Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True.
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From 10/31/2020 02:17
Great album, god awful album cover
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80/100
From 08/28/2019 18:48
An interesting and funky album. A very cohesive album tied together by the band's unity and a general aesthetic of absurdity. The songwriting is exceptionally creative and the music can be held to the same standard for most of the album. The lyrics can get a little distracting at times and the instrumentation is a little lacking at points. My favorite songs are "Who Is It?" and "The Book I Read".
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From 07/23/2019 18:49
Favorite Tracks:The Book I Read, Don't Worry About The Government
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From 06/28/2019 15:37
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An opening decent debut album for one of the best bands all time
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From 06/20/2019 20:38
Good start to a really good band.
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80/100
From 10/29/2018 22:23
the start of one of the greatest bands of all time
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From 08/20/2018 00:49
I tried to fit this in any movement of It's time. I failed. What is this thing?
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From 04/27/2018 02:48
A few legitimate standouts, but more a dry run for great things to come.
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Best Albums of 1977
1. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
2. Animals by Pink Floyd
3. Marquee Moon by Television
4. Low by David Bowie
5. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols
6. Aja by Steely Dan
7. The Clash by The Clash
8. "Heroes" by David Bowie
9. The Stranger by Billy Joel
10. Trans-Europa Express by Kraftwerk
11. Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers
12. Pink Flag by Wire
13. My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
14. Talking Heads: 77 by Talking Heads
15. Out Of The Blue by Electric Light Orchestra
16. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
17. Suicide by Suicide
18. Rocket To Russia by Ramones
19. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
20. The Idiot by Iggy Pop
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