Talking Heads, Little Creatures (1985)
I’ve been on a big-time Talking Heads kick of late. I sorta think that I always am actually – but I enjoyed Chris Frantz’ book and that had me running through the catalogue and all the odds and sods and solo albums and side-projects (again). I love everything by Talking Heads. I have, er, Remained In Love with the band and its music – all of it. And the second-half of the career, the “commercial” albums, that was actually my introduction. The big radio hits were hitting big on the radio when I was a kid. And I was wide-eyed and in awe of them all. My jaw on the ground I sometimes found with these strange phrases, the mercurial energy and mood-swings of the music. Just perfect. So even though I can see how ageless and vital the first four records are I have a lot of love still for the other four studio albums. And this one is no doubt their commercial peak. Which was made a turn-off to the cool punks that had grown up with the band. But if you listen in for the deeper cuts and album tracks there’s much to dig here still. And this isn’t me making a case for it as the best, or better than any others, it might ultimately be my least favourite of all the Heads’ albums – but I still love it. That’s just how good their catalogue was. And is. My record is old and thin – that worn-down sound of much-loved, over-played records from the 1980s. Cheap in quality and you can almost now see it fading away with each spin. But I’ll replace it one day since I can’t imagine never owning the entire catalogue.
Sample Track: Walk It Down
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