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Talking Heads: “Psycho Killer”

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Talking Heads was an American New Wave and avant-garde band formed in 1975 in New York City[1] and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (vocals and guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Jerry Harrison(keyboards and guitar). Auxiliary musicians also regularly made appearances in concert and on the group’s albums. The New Wave style of Talking Heads combined elements of punkart rock, avant-garde, popfunkworld music, andAmericana. Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed whimsical, esoteric lyrics to the band’s songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances.

Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes Talking Heads as being “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s, while managing to earn several pop hits.”[2] 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, and the Channel 4 100 Greatest Albums poll listed one album (Fear of Music) at number 76. On a 2011 update of Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, the band was ranked at No. 100.[3]

Here is the Talking Heads website and bio.

Discography:

Songs include Life During Wartime, Take Me to the Water and Once in a Lifetime. 

 

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