Talking Heads – Discography 1977 – 1988

Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Described by critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s,”] the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punk, art rock, funk, pop and world music with avant-garde sensibilities and an anxious, clean-cut image.

Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads released their debut Talking Heads: 77 to positive reviews in 1977, and subsequently collaborated with producer Brian Eno on a trio of experimental and critically acclaimed releases: More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979), and Remain in Light (1980). After a hiatus, the band hit its commercial peak in 1983 with the US Top 10 hit “Burning Down the House” and released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme. They would release several more albums, including their best-selling LP Little Creatures (1985), before disbanding in 1991.

In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band’s albums appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs (“Psycho Killer,” “Life During Wartime,” and “Once in a Lifetime”) were included among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Talking Heads were also included at number 64 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” In the 2011 update of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” the band was ranked at number 100.


Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77
Released September 16, 1977

1. “Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town” 2:48
2. “New Feeling” 3:09
3. “Tentative Decisions” 3:04
4. “Happy Day” 3:55
5. “Who Is It?” 1:41
6. “No Compassion” 4:47
7. “The Book I Read” 4:06
8. “Don’t Worry About the Government” 3:00
9. “First Week/Last Week … Carefree” 3:19
10. “Psycho Killer” (Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth) 4:19
11. “Pulled Up” 4:29
12. “Love → Building on Fire” 3:00
13. “I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That” 2:39
14. “Psycho Killer (Acoustic version)” (featuring Arthur Russell on cello) 4:20
15. “I Feel It in My Heart” 3:15
16. “Sugar on My Tongue” 2:36

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Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
Released July 7, 1978

1. “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” 2:11
2. “With Our Love” 3:30
3. “The Good Thing” 3:03
4. “Warning Sign” 3:55
5. “The Girls Want to Be with the Girls” 2:37
6. “Found a Job[a]” 5:00
7. “Artists Only” 3:34
8. “I’m Not in Love” 4:33
9. “Stay Hungry” 2:39
10. “Take Me to the River” 5:00
11. “The Big Country” 5:30
12. “Stay Hungry (1977 version)” 3:45
13. “I’m Not in Love (Alternate version)” 5:15
14. “The Big Country (Alternate version)” 5:01
15. “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel (“Country Angel” version)” 2:12

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Talking Heads – Fear of Music
Released 3 August 1979

1. “I Zimbra” 3:09
2. “Mind” 4:13
3. “Paper” 2:39
4. “Cities” 4:10
5. “Life During Wartime” 3:41
6. “Memories Can’t Wait” 3:30
7. “Air” 3:34
8. “Heaven” 4:01
9. “Animals” 3:30
10. “Electric Guitar” 3:03
11. “Drugs” 5:10
12. “Dancing for Money (Unfinished Outtake)” 2:42
13. “Life During Wartime (Alternate Version)” 4:07
14. “Cities (Alternate Version)” 5:30
15. “Mind (Alternate Version)” 4:26

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Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Released October 8, 1980

1. “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” 5:49
2. “Crosseyed and Painless” 4:48
3. “The Great Curve” 6:28
4. “Once in a Lifetime” 4:23
5. “Houses in Motion” 4:33
6. “Seen and Not Seen” 3:25
7. “Listening Wind” 4:43
8. “The Overload” 6:02
9. “Fela’s Riff” 5:19
10. “Unison” 4:50
11. “Double Groove” 4:28
12. “Right Start” 4:07

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Talking Heads – The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
Released October 8, 1980

CD1
“New Feeling” – 3:09
“A Clean Break (Let’s Work)” – 5:05
“Don’t Worry About The Government” – 3:03
“Pulled Up” – 4:04
“Psycho Killer” 5:31
“Who Is It?” – 1:44
“The Book I Read” – 4:22
“The Big Country” – 5:09
“I’m Not in Love” – 4:57
“The Girls Want to Be with the Girls” – 3:44
“Electricity (Drugs)” – 3:28
“Found a Job” – 5:35
“Mind” – 4:56
“Artists Only” – 3:49
“Stay Hungry” – 4:05
“Air” – 4:01
“Love → Building on Fire” – 3:47
“Memories (Can’t Wait)” – 3:44
“Heaven” – 4:31

CD2
“Psycho Killer” – 5:33
“Warning Sign” – 5:40
“Stay Hungry” – 3:56
“Cities” – 5:00
“I Zimbra” – 3:30
“Drugs (Electricity)” – 4:41
“Once in a Lifetime” – 5:57
“Animals” – 4:05
“Houses in Motion” – 6:54
“Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” – 8:24
“Crosseyed and Painless” – 5:58
“Life During Wartime” – 4:54
“Take Me to the River” – 6:33
“The Great Curve” – 6:42

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Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
Released June 1, 1983

“Burning Down the House” – 4:01
“Making Flippy Floppy” (extended version) – 5:54
“Girlfriend Is Better” (extended version) – 5:44
“Slippery People” (extended version) – 5:05
“I Get Wild/Wild Gravity” (extended version) – 5:15
“Swamp” – 5:12
“Moon Rocks” (extended version) – 5:44
“Pull Up the Roots” – 5:08
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” – 4:53
“Two Note Swivel” (unfinished outtake) – 5:51
“Burning Down the House” (alternate version) – 5:09

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Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
Released June 1, 1983

“Psycho Killer” – 4:24
“Heaven” – 3:41
“Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” – 2:09
“Found a Job” – 3:15
“Slippery People” – 4:00
“Burning Down the House” – 4:06
“Life During Wartime” – 5:51
“Making Flippy Floppy” – 4:40
“Swamp” – 4:30
“What a Day That Was” – 6:00
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” – 4:57
“Once in a Lifetime” – 5:25
“Genius of Love” – 4:30
“Girlfriend Is Better” – 5:06
“Take Me to the River” – 5:32
“Crosseyed and Painless” – 6:11

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Talking Heads – Little Creatures
Released June 10, 1985

1. “And She Was” 3:36
2. “Give Me Back My Name” 3:20
3. “Creatures of Love” 4:12
4. “The Lady Don’t Mind” 4:03
5. “Perfect World” 4:26
6. “Stay Up Late” 3:51
7. “Walk It Down” 4:42
8. “Television Man” 6:10
9. “Road to Nowhere” 4:19
10. “Road to Nowhere (Early Version)” 4:37
11. “And She Was (Early Version)” 3:36
22. “Television Man (Extended Mix)” 7:52

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Talking Heads – True Stories
Released September 15, 1986

“Love for Sale” – 4:30
“Puzzlin’ Evidence” – 5:23
“Hey Now” – 3:42
“Papa Legba” – 5:54
“Wild Wild Life” – 3:39
“Radio Head” – 3:14
“Dream Operator” – 4:39
“People Like Us” – 4:26
“City of Dreams” – 5:06
“Wild Wild Life” (Extended mix) (CD bonus track) – 5:30
“Papa Legba” (Pops Staples vocal version) (Re-release bonus track) – 5:59
“Radio Head” (Tito Larriva vocal version) (Re-release bonus track) – 3:50

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Talking Heads – Naked
Released March 15, 1988

“Blind” – 4:58
“Mr. Jones” – 4:18
“Totally Nude” – 4:10
“Ruby Dear” – 3:48
“(Nothing But) Flowers” – 5:31
“The Democratic Circus” – 5:01
“The Facts of Life” – 6:25
“Mommy Daddy You and I” – 3:58
“Big Daddy” – 5:37
“Bill” – 3:21 (CD/cassette-only)
“Cool Water” – 5:10

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