Talking Heads, The Name of This Band is Talking Heads (1982)
Funny, this was the last Talking Heads album I heard – the last one I purchased on CD (never got hold of it, never heard it all the way through until the 2004 CD reissue) and so it’s now the last of the Talking Heads albums for me to acquire on vinyl. That would suggest it as some sort of afterthought, but hearing this was quite the revelation. I was turned onto the group at a pretty young age, my folks were into the pop hits of the time, my brother had gone a little deeper, found the early, vital albums too. And so with both the big radio hits of the day (mid-80s) unavoidable and a bit of (sonic) guidance from my older bro I just found myself hooked on anything and everything by this band. But in the pre-internet days this was just not something you came across or were made aware of; I thought – for the longest time – the band had one live album; one of the first things I saw/heard – that classic concert film (and its soundtrack). That was it. When they reissued the Stop Making Sense album with extra tracks (from the film) that was a big-enough deal. Kinda. But finding that some of that early snippy, clipped-punk and sinewy-funk stuff was around on a live record…that was a big deal; the CD reissue (with extra tracks) has served me well. But it was time, finally time, to complete my set of Heads album on vinyl and to grab this double. It had been staring at me from the shelves of the store for some time. I’m glad to have it now.
Sample Track: A Clean Break
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