Talking Heads- True Stories (1986)

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Talking Heads- True Stories (1986)

Talking Heads- True Stories (1986)
New wave Pop/Rock | EAC APE+CUE+LOG (316 MB) | EAC LAME CBR320 MP3+LOG (115 MB) | covers | Total time: 46:33

Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991. The band was comprised of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison, but auxiliary musicians frequently made album and live appearances during later years. Characterized by Byrne's anxious, tightly-wound vocals and often obtuse lyrics, Talking Heads combined elements of punk rock, new wave pop, funk, world music and art rock. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes Talking Heads as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits."[1] In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; the Channel 4 '100 greatest albums' poll had one album (Fear of Music) at number 76. Their concert film Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of the genre.[2] (wikipedia)


Time hasn't been kind to Talking Heads' ancillary soundtrack to David Byrne's oddball directorial debut. Though it generated one of the band's biggest radio hits ("Wild Wild Life"), both the film and its songs were dismissed as self-consciously quirky retreads of other, better material; and it's well-known the quartet was beginning to splinter apart around the time of the sessions. Byrne himself has said that he regretted the whole notion of releasing True Stories with his own vocals, a decision made at the behest of the film's financial backers: All along, he intended for the lyrics to be sung, in character, by Pops Staples, John Goodman, and the rest of the cast. (Some of these alternate-vocal versions were eventually released as B-sides.) Despite its perfunctory nature, however, True Stories is not without its charms. Though an obvious swipe at consumerism, "Love for Sale" boasts one of the band's best hooks, and it's easily their hardest-rocking tune since the Fear of Music days. "Radio Head" is a successful continuation of some of the regional-American motifs Byrne explored on Little Creatures (and bears the distinction of inspiring Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and company to name their band after it). Free from the movie's weird patina of irony, "Dream Operator" is one of the most affecting tunes Talking Heads ever recorded; the closing-credits theme "City of Dreams" is similarly touching. Elsewhere, there is filler – touching upon gospel, country-western, zydeco, and sundry other Byrne influences – but the band's skill at arranging an album and maintaining a mood remains intact. So while True Stories may remain a regrettable chapter in the band's history, it's certainly not an embarrassing one. ~ Michael Hastings, All Music Guide

Line-Up:

Talking Heads
David Byrne – guitar, vocals
Chris Frantz – drums
Tina Weymouth – bass, backing vocals
Jerry Harrison – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals

Additional musicians
Paulinho da Costa – percussion on "Papa Legba", "Radio Head", and "People Like Us"
Steve Jordan – accordion on "Radio Head"
Tommy Morrell – pedal steel guitar on "People Like Us" and "City of Dreams"
Tommy Camfield – fiddle on "People Like Us"
Bert Cross Choir – vocals on "Puzzlin' Evidence"
St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School Choir – vocals on "Hey Now"

Tracklist

1. Love For Sale
2. Puzzlin' Evidence
3. Hey Now
4. Papa Legba
5. Wild Wild Life
6. Radio Head
7. Dream Operator
8. People Like Us
9. City Of Dreams
9. City Of Dreams
10. Wild Wild Life - (Extended mix, Bonus Track)

Total time: 46:33


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