Talking Heads – Where the Punk ended & Alternative Music Began

I remember hearing the Talking Heads first while in college many moons ago. A couple of my friends were deejays at the University of Oklahoma. When one of them worked the night shift, we often smoked weed and spun the wildest music we could find to satisfy however many local people and students tuned in to the show. The Talking Heads were college favorites across the United States.

To this day, I remember those days when hearing the Talking Head’s marvelous cover of Al Green’s Take Me to the River. They did not steal a great song; they reinvented and made it theirs. 

Burning Down the House was another Talking Heads tune that took the nation by storm. 

Under the direction of producer Brian Eno, the Talking Heads built a bridge from post-punk to what became Alternative Music. They mixed several genres of music, including rock, punk, afro, and whatever caught their fancy, creating a new sound that inspired every alternative and experimental band to follow. 

Check out some of Talking Head’s songs below:

Talking Heads – Life During Wartime (Official Video)

Another of my favorite Talking Head songs, Life During Wartime, had the entire country singing: “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco.” I dare you to listen to the song and not sing the phrase.

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Talking Heads – And She Was (Official Video)

And She Was highlights David Byrne’s voice and the Talking Heads playful, radical, amusing instrumentals. 

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Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime (Official Video)

In Once in a Lifetime, David Byrne and the Talking Heads ask the question about how satisfied anybody can anybody be with time racing away. Is anything real? Have you accomplished anything with your life? Does it matter? A great song and some worthwhile questions. 

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Talking Heads – Burning Down the House (Official Video)

Burning Down the House is a zany, rhythmic, psychedelic Talking Heads masterpiece. One of their best songs!

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