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Guido - Everybody's Talking Heads, part 1




Guido Everybodys Talking Heads
Guido - Everybody's Talking Heads, part 1
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) Goldrush, 2009-01-11

A tribute to Talking Heads
Ok, so now, everybody knows Talking Heads, everybody's a fan. But how deep can you go into their discography? How crazy can you go digging for solo tracks and produced-by songs? How much time can you lose trying to figure out which guitar is Byrne's on the Fun Boy Three album or where does Harrison sing on the Violent Femmes album? ... Take a big breath and check this whole half hour inside the Heads'heads. You'll hear rare stuff, familiar tunes and forgotten tracks. Follow this journey into a world of fantastic rhythms, violent guitars and meaningful lyrics. This is only the beginning: part 2 is on its way. And if you feel like your favorite song is missing, this is because we all know it.

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Tracklisting :
01. Talking Heads & Pop Staples - Papa Legba
(from the 'True Stories' remastered cd/DVD, 1986/2007 / Sire)
02. The Tom Tom Club - Measure Up
(from the 'Close To The Bone' album, 1983 / Sire)
03. Talking Heads - I Wish You Wouldn't Say That
(from the 'Psycho Killer' 12 inch, 1977 / Sire)
04. Talking Heads - Pull Up The Roots
(from the 'Speaking In Tongues' album / 1983, Sire)
05. David Byrne - Big Business (Dance Mix)
(from the 'Three Big Songs' EP, 1981 / Sire)
06. Talking Heads - Life During Wartime (Alternate Version)
(from the 'Fear Of Music' remastered CD/DVD, 1979/2007 / Sire)
07. Jerry Harrison - Slink
(from the 'The Red And The Black' album, 1981 / Sire)

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Credits :
Selection, mix & reviews by Guido (myspace.com/guidal)
Artwork layout by Djouls (djouls.com)


01. Talking Heads & Pop Staples - Papa Legba
(from the 'True Stories' remastered cd/DVD, 1986/2007 / Sire)

In 1986, David Byrne released his first and only movie 'True Stories', a semi-musical about being normal in Texas suburbs. All the music from the film is played by Talking Heads and sung by the cast (including John Goodman). But the 'True Stories' album, released the same year by the band, is sung by Byrne. A couple of movie versions of the songs appeared on singles b-sides, but we've been waiting for this one for 22 years! This is the movie version of 'Papa Legba', sung by Pop Staples, the fat smiling guy from the Staples Singers (who recorded their own version of TH's 'Slippery People' with Byrne in 84). A marvelous voodoo track full of magic. (Note: for this mix, we've added the original intro, this is why you'll hear David Byrne's voice at the beginning).



02. The Tom Tom Club - Measure Up
(from the 'Close To The Bone' album, 1983 / Sire)

After the success of their first 1981 album, Tom Tom Club disappeared. Tina and Chris had to return to Talking Heads to record 'Speaking In Tongues', in which their Bahamas experience became an inspiration for the band. 'Close To The Bone' didn't have the same success, probably because it didn't feature some hits songs like 'Genius Of Love' or 'Wordy Rappinghood'. Adrian Belew had left so Steven Stanley had to invent a lot of synth tricks to fill in for the missing guitar parts, which resulted to a far better album!


03. Talking Heads - I Wish You Wouldn't Say That
(from the 'Psycho Killer' 12 inch, 1977 / Sire)

A fan-favorite b-side track, maybe the only song from 1977 which deserves to be on the first 'Talking Heads '77' LP. It's been since re-released on various cd boxsets.


04. Talking Heads - Pull Up The Roots
(from the 'Speaking In Tongues' album / 1983, Sire)

What's the deal with this song? Doesn't anybody like it? The band never mentions it, the boxsets never feature it... Though this is one of my top 5 songs ever. It's difficult to explain why. I guess the mix of futurist funk and sad strange singing makes it so unique.


05. David Byrne - Big Business (Dance Mix)
(from the 'Three Big Songs' EP, 1981 / Sire)

David Byrne's first solo work was a huge composition for a ballet called 'The Catherine Wheel'. It was released as an LP in 81, later on CD with a bunch of tracks that couldn't make it on the vinyl because of its length. Sire offered his artist the opportunity of releasing two singles which didn't sell at all. But on this EP, there's a wild animal. A non-human dance mix (by Byrne, Butch Jones and Mark Kamins) so strangely mixed that it is unlike anything else. I had the opportunity of meeting Mark Kamins and asked him about this song. He laughed and said "When they heard how loud I mixed the guitars, David and the others were like 'Are you sure? This is frightening!' I looked at them and said 'Yeeaah!'". What about those amazing keyboards? Funkadelic/Parliament wizard, Bernie Worrell.


06. Talking Heads - Life During Wartime (Alternate Version)
(from the 'Fear Of Music' remastered CD/DVD, 1979/2007 / Sire)

Woo, this is a bad one! This is the track that maybe gave its title to the album, cause it actually brought fear into the band. Brian Eno, constantly experimenting, asked Robert Fripp to come in the studio and record a loud guitar for this song. Well, he did play loud. This is so fucking wild you may think the Earth is falling apart. Fripp plays it mean and totally destroys everything that comes near, including the song! As you know, they've chosen not to keep this fury on the album - and they were right, cause the song would never had been the hit it'd been with that. Be able to hear it today is a blessing. Plus, you can hear some lyrics that did not make it to the album either.



07. Jerry Harrison - Slink
(from the 'The Red And The Black' album, 1981 / Sire)

Jerry Harrison was no play-as-I-say session musician but has always been a musical force inside Talking Heads. Proof is this LP, in which he plays almost everything. A New York/Compass Point sound, a leftfield afro funk feeling, and great contributors - Bernie Worrell, Adrian Belew, Alex Weir, Steve Scales and Nona Hendryx (Labelle), who all had toured with TH. Everything on this album is brilliant... except for the songs, which are not as great as Byrne's. Anyway, this particular one is really cool. In fact, you know how cool this song is? It had been performed live by Talking Heads on their 1982 tour. And don't you love it when he says "Have you ever needed a gram? I have, but I got over it."

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Rick Remender Rick Remender ·  13 January 2009, 20:33

Nice one! Always loved David Byrne & Talking Heads - truly unique

so now it's mixes every Wednesday and Sunday then??
hope you'll maintain the rhythm and keep it as cool as it's been so far!!

cheers from Syracuse

Quilt Quilt ·  29 January 2009, 06:27

This is a nice collection from TH and members. No way are you the only fan of "Pull Up the Roots." That one and "Moon Rocks" are two of my faves from that album. Be sure to watch out for their upcoming "Live in Rome" DVD from their incredible "Remain in Light" tour in 1980.


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