Talking Heads: 77 (studio album) by Talking Heads
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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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I apologise to everyone on behalf of the last reviewers overly-long, rambling, boring comment about other bands.
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.
Great album, god awful album cover
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".
Favorite Tracks:The Book I Read, Don't Worry About The Government
An opening decent debut album for one of the best bands all time
Good start to a really good band.
the start of one of the greatest bands of all time
I tried to fit this in any movement of It's time. I failed. What is this thing?
A few legitimate standouts, but more a dry run for great things to come.
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