I don’t remember how/when I first heard Remain In Light but I was a Talking Heads fan at a very early age (most likely due to my older brother being a Talking Heads fan). I bought Naked on tape – and worked backwards from there. Although we had Stop Making Sense and Speaking In Tongues in the house too. But Remain In Light – the album – was a mystery for the longest time. I knew the songs from the concert-film and obviously Once In A Lifetime was everywhere. I picked up this vinyl copy recently from TradeMe. And I’m happy to say that the album remains, in the best possible way, a mystery. David Byrne and Brian Eno take some of Fela Kuti’s energy and spirit and blend it with elements of dark disco and post-punk. Remain In Light manages to encapsulate a version of The Talking Heads Sound; a version of The David Byrne Sound; a version of The David Byrne & Brian Eno sound. And it’s faithful to all of those things – all at once. And it’s also its own thing entirely. It actually manages to be Something Else as well as being, you know, a shining example of what a band, a front man and a collaboration between two visionaries can do. It’s not that it sits head and overly-padded shoulders above the rest of the band’s work – it’s more a case of it being such a brilliantly self-contained piece of work. It still feels like future-funk. It still feels like something no other combination of players could ever get right. More a time-capsule at the ready than an album. I hope the aliens find this first.
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