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A band whose entire discography I would consider flawless.
Thoughts, opinions, other suggestions?
But isn't this just another who's the best band type of thread.
First three albums: flawless, especially More Songs.
Fourth album (Remain In Light): a masterpiece, and hugely influential, but I've always struggled to love it.
Everything from then on: pretty forgettable.
They're one of those bands who tried so hard to reinvent the wheel early in their career you can forgive them for, going deeper into the Eighties, trying to do "just good pop."
and Little Creatures has it's moments. Naked also has some tunes. True Stories is the only one I've never really got into.
one of my favourite bands of all time. Tune after tune.
and I never really got into the whole live 9 piece funkadelic orchestra thing (so I lose interest in Stop Making Sense after the first few songs).
I always thought they were at their best as a stripped-down, bare-bones four-piece band. I actually saw them in 1978, in a small theatre, not long before Fear Of Music came out. One of my all-time top 5 gigs.
But one or two decent pop singles aside, Little Creatures and True Stories are pretty woeful yuppy nonsense.
The ones after that are patchy with notable exceptions like Nothing But Flowers
Stop Making Sense is my favourite cultural artefact of any description, it's everything I love about music in one show
Am I really missing anything with the later ones?
and get hold of Stop Making Sense on DVD if you don't have it already: it's one of the all-time great live recordings.
And Speaking in Tongues feels a bit redundant if you own Stop Making sense, but they are amazing. Little Creatures and Naked don't get nearly enough credit
I get excited when they turn into the Tom Tom Club.
Thanks for listening.
...sail above the rest for me. gems to be found on all of them tho.
These 2 are stone cold classics.
More Songs comes pretty close.
'cos it had Road To Nowhere and And She Was on it. I thought the rest was really bland.
Seeing Stop Making Sense changed all that. They're one of my favourite bands now, though I would recommend their later albums with trepidation.
Dream Operator off True Stories. Any love for Byrne's solo albums on here?
but Strange Overtones with Brian Eno from a couple of years back is just sublime
is brilliant imo.
23 tracks (!): it combines 'proper' songs with long and short instrumental and mood pieces. Sort of like Talking Heads made a mixtape, in the hip-hop sense. It's great work music
It came out in 1981, and is a great companion piece to Remain In Light: it has a lot of the same influences, plus Adrian Belew and Bernie Worell guesting.
Song-wise, it's great - this is where you'll find What A Day That Was, plus at least four or five more of that quality.
It's not end-to-end awesome in the same way as Fear Of Music or Remain In Light, but it's a different kind of album. It's like there's less pressure on it to be great, because it was a soundtrack to a stage production, not a proper solo album as such. Like a mixtape - for instance, Da Drought 3 would have been rubbish as a proper album, but for what it is, it's perfect.
Sounds perfect. How odd that 'What A Day That Was' is tucked away on a soundtrack album, the Stop Making Sense version is about the highlight of the set IMO
Big Business from the DVD of Stop Making Sense is on here too. I only found this by trying to track down What A Day That Was - was proper confused why it didn't seem to be on any albums? Was it a B-side?
Found the album in Fopp Tottenham Court Road for a fiver. RIP
I didn't know this existed until reading this and now it's making my morning about 5 times better than it would have been.
I'd never have thought to listen to this and five tracks in its like a lost talking heads album - thanks
my friend played me that again in order to point out how good it is a few weeks back, TH are her fav band
Because a bunch of the songs were collabs with Morcheeba, whom I was well into at the time. Hasn't aged especially well.
But if you get a chance you should check out the film True Stories, its pretty mad but defo worth a watch. Its worth it for John Goodman singing people like us! It really made me like the True Stories album more.