More Songs About Buildings and Food

More Songs About Buildings and Food

by Talking HeadsTalking Heads


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Their debut recording, Talking Heads: 77, established this New York foursome as a lean, somewhat quirky bunch of CBGB-based rockers, and the album's highlights -- the dementia of "Psycho Killer" and the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of "Don't Worry About the Government" -- offer a hint of the great statements that would follow. More Songs About Buildings and Food was the first of those. Working with producer Brian Eno, the band turned a corner in their sonic development, with the ambient guru bringing an oblique depth to their sound -- from the distant sirens of "Warning Sign" to the heavier end of Tina Weymouth's bass and Jerry Harrison's Eno-accented keyboards. David Byrne's manic singing lifts "The Girls Want to Be with the Girls," "Artists Only," and "The Good Thing," while the unabashed contempt in his voice makes a pointed contrast to the upbeat music on "The Big Country." Byrne's biggest feat, however, is imbuing Al Green's "Take Me to the River" with an ambivalence and uncertainty not often found within a gospel framework. While not exactly the Shape of Art Rock to Come, this album set the tone for several powerful records from the group.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992742528
catalogNumber: 6058

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
David Byrne   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Synthesizer Percussion,Synthesizer Drums
Jerry Harrison   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Frantz   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Tina Weymouth   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tina & the Typing Pool   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer,Artwork
Talking Heads   Producer,Audio Production
Rhett Davies   Engineer
Brian Eno   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Frantz   Composer

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