Day 14 of Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! Again, I’ve gotten a debut album from a band that defined a generation, and went on to create some of the most iconic music of the 1980’s. Talking Heads released 77 in 1977 and helped to usher in the New Wave genre, the love child of Punk Rock and Pop. While most of the biggest hits for Talking Heads will come from later offerings, 77 is a gem of an album. Lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter David Byrne has one of the most recognizable voices of the New Wave era. Byrne’s vocals aren’t the most powerful but they mesh beautifully with the music. Talking Heads, especially in 1977 didn’t follow any of the trends stylistically of the time. No radical wardrobe, Mohawks, piercings, spiked dog collars or make up. This band wore well fitting polos and slacks in most live performances that I could find from 1977-80. Maybe thats why some referred to the art grads in Talking Heads as “art fags”. My favorite song from Talking Heads is Burning Down The House, which is not on this album, however, my second favorite song is actually on this album, and that song is Psycho Killer. This song really showcases the abilities and potential of Talking Heads. Simple, yet deep and funky bass, prominent kick drum, and nearly primal vocals. It also takes on the prospective of a character in a fictional story, (Not the Son Of Sam serial killer like many suggested) something that Talking Heads becomes known for. I feel like the band not only shined the best on this track but probably had the most fun making and performing. Tentative Decisions has great use of marching percussion. The Book I Read has great rhythm guitar. The band gels well on this one and is a very chill song. The ever changing tempo of No Compassion keeps it interesting. The closing track Pulled Up seems like a song of gratitude and it showcases their signature sound. Talking Heads seemingly came out of nowhere in 1977 but they sure stuck around for a while and I’m glad they did! I was very impressed with the bass player Tina Weymouth, who joined the band before even knowing how to play bass guitar. This band didn’t try to blow anyones socks off or create a fake persona. They were themselves and it paid off. When music videos became a thing, these “art fags” were really able to shine with some of the most creative visuals in music. The only negative thing I have to say about this album is there a few filler songs that I wanted to skip over. Maybe that will change on future listens but upon my first spin of 77 I knew which songs I liked and which ones that I didn’t because, they felt lazy. I’m looking forward to more music from this band. Share your thoughts, opinions and memories below!!
I expected more from this album. The big single from it ("Psycho Killer") is a crusher but, sadly, the rest of the album doesn't live up to that track. It feels ... lazy. And not in the good, "gonna sit on the couch with a bourbon and a good book" kind of lazy. The whole album feels phoned in. Boring. It's only saved from a truly failing mark by "Psycho Killer" being so damn good. It's like they poured all their energy into that one song and had nothing left for the rest of the album. Disappointing.
Oh my God. Oh my God. Thought the only weakness in this album was the incessant AYAYAYAYAYA which is used quite a bit but it's sort of like a joke that is used too much that it becomes funny again. AYAYAYAYAYA goes in and out of fashion in this album and then back in again. It kept me on my toes and I love this so much. EVERY. FUCKING. TRACK. So much softer, subtle and ever changing than I expected. So much more interesting than anything I've heard before from them. Major heart eyes and aubergine emoji. A new favourite indeed.
With melodic, bright tunes and the usual anxiety ridden lyrics, TH sounded quite different from their “punk” contemporaries, the Ramones & Clash, for example. I always felt Psycho-killer sounded out of place, musically and lyrically, on this album, or any TH album, for that matter, but you can’t begrudge them for recording a hit & signature tune. I had decided in advance that I’d give the first 4 TH albums a 5, but after re-listening to 77, I waivered. Then I listened again this morning and decided that with songs like “New Feeling” and “Don’t worry about the government” and especially “No Compassion” I’m back to 5.
The first time I heard the Talking Heads was their smash hit Psycho Killer, which I didn't much like. It struck me at the time as a novelty tune, goofiness for it's own sake, and I wasn't amused. But unlike many other groups, Talking Heads is best understood in the context of their albums rather than their singles, and so it is with Talking Heads '77. It turns out that front man David Byrne's dyspeptic yelp is of a piece with his elliptical musings about emotional states and offbeat philosophizing. Although Talking Heads is lumped in with punk and new wave, it doesn't have a lot in common with either. For one thing, the songs are a lot more complex musically than most punk and new wave. For another the rhythm section of Tina Weymouth on bass Chris Frantz on drums is frequently funky, drawing from pop, R&B, and Latin music. Taken together, these elements result in music which is as brainy as it is fun. And finally, Psycho Killer reveals itself as simply the most outré and extreme of the songs on Talking Heads '77, and frankly, the least interesting of the bunch. Taken together, Talking Heads '77 is a consistently terrific album and as clear a statement of purpose as you could want from a band's first album.
Great album. Love the steel drums. Psycho Killer and Pulled up are my favorites off the album. Probably a 4.4 to give room for Talking Heads later albums
Man. Where do I start. The Talking Heads opened me up to a whole world of music that I would have considered too jokey or gimmicky until I took the plunge. They really were an entry point for me to 80s new wave and post-punk music. I came to this record after I had gotten into the live performance "Stop Making Sense" and the studio albums "Speaking in Tongues" and "Remain in Light." There is a live double album called "The Name of this Band is Talking Heads" and that's where I first heard the song "The Book I Read" which is a standout on this record and even better live (like most Talking Heads songs). And, that's one of the many things that makes Talking Heads unique: They're an incredible studio band (thanks Brian Eno!) but are also transcendent live performers. When I listen to this record now, as a Talking Heads fan, it feels very quaint. Like they were all just learning their instruments. It isn't quite "there" yet, and I guess that's charming. But I'd rather listen to most of their other records (which better be on this list, dammit!). Highlights: "Psycho Killer" of course; "The Book I Read" and the opener "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town." And, David Byrne was a charismatic frontman even from this first record - love his lyrics and delivery on every song. What an arteeeeest.
Short, strained, weird, are just a few of the words to describe vocals on this album. Lyrically, there is not a discernible theme unless that theme was to have no theme, to stay as out of a rut as much as possible... a glaring success. Fun, immediately gratifying, welcomely disruptive, are just a few ways to describe how this album is overall. No commitment required to actually listen to it, but interesting enough to hear it all the way through rather than skipping. Punk, pop punk, this punk, especially from the early days, is not a flavor for everyone. However, like most genres, the acquired taste happens over time and for this listener, that time is now for punk in general. Talking Heads embraces the silliness, encourages a certain type of freedom, and asks the listener to not worry about committing to this album any expectation of profundity. Musically, the album doesn't have the disarray or chaotic elements usually associated with anti-establishment expectations. The compositions are well-timed, clean, and downright professional at times while still maintaining that blatant disavowal of what could only be described as mainstream. Vocals, while weird and, again, seemingly about nothing, astonishingly fit. This listener cannot speak to how this album resonated with anyone in 1977, but for 2021 this album is definitely for the older soul, and that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's good --- perhaps relieving to engage with something that is serious about not being serious, letting their vision be left to the listener's own sense of comprehension, or not. No pressure.
This is technically music. I tolerate small doses of Talking Heads, but that's about it. David Byrne sings like he's injured. It's weird that they are an American band, I always assumed they were British because they sound so posh. The instrumentals are decent, but I was bored almost immediately. If only you could've seen my face when I heard the weird shriek on "The Book I Read," and when I heard David Byrne imitating Beans on "First Week." I hate to say it, but this is below the Butthole Surfers album to me. Favorite tracks: Uh-Oh, Loves Comes to Town. Album art: Whole lotta red. Two albums this week with mostly empty, red covers. Might be a subliminal message to listen to Playboi Carti. Anyway, this one is stupid compared to the Gang of Four album, I don't care if it came first. 1.5/5
I listened to this while shopping and I gotta admit I felt like it was a 2 track album. 2 longs songs that did not seem different from each other nor keep my attention. Nothing to write up on this album.
The style, substance and musicality of this record... brilliant!
Sounds as fresh as the hype promised. I'm not exactly speechless, but my enjoyment is almost entirely non-verbal. Christgau's impressions seem pretty close to truth here.
I absolutely love this
Beautiful, high energy without ever getting manic. Big sax in First Week/Last Week is so good. The mix on the acoustic version is sick too, his voice sounds unreal.
Otro disco de los 70’s que no se siente de los 70’s, sino más bien como de los late 90’s. No sé por qué no había escuchado de este grupo o escuchado las canciones, ya que son bastante buenas. Agregué tres a mi lista: • Psycho Killer • Love Comes to Town • Don’t worry about the government El “feeling” del álbum me recuerda al que tienen las canciones del “Awesome Mix” de Guardianes de la Galaxia.
Cool album lots of interesting sounding songs
Already one of my favorite albums. Great start!
Yet another wicked album- classic psycho killer track but upbeat vibes on the whole album. Love it
Decisions, decisions, decisions... a big theme throughout. This album feels like it needs a few more listens to really pick up every detail. David Byrne has a unique voice. Tina Weymouth crushing it on the bass.
Imprescindible para entender la música post punk y el arribo de la música pop moderna
Guay. Sus canciones parecidas a Bowie. Suenan muy parecidas a Phsyco Killer.
A classic and stands the test of time, maybe even improved with age
Q. What does Shack eat for supper? A. Lamb Chops!
In my youth I once snuck into the Sydney Opera House to watch David Byrne sound checking. He didn't play any of these songs so this anecdote probably doesn't have much relevance here. Great album though.
My favorite talking heads album
How do you categorize Talking Heads? Funk? New wave? Avant-pop? There is something unsettling about this album. David isn’t completely happy. Perhaps even angry. But he’s having fun anyway.
a classic and awesoeme debut
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A great first album. Weird but catchy and lively songs. Not too heavy. And there's a reason why Psycho Killer is a hit. Got me to listen to other Talking Heads albums.
really amazing album, great cohesion and songwriting. their music only gets better after this point
"Psycho Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away oh, oh, oh" Heads, Talking
pulll me uppp
Goed album. Niet verwacht dat ik alle nummers zo tof zou vinden.
Talking Heads is one of my all time favorites, but 77 has never been my favorite of theirs. Going into this, I was prepared to give it a 4, due to its low ranking among my own Talking Heads cannon. But listening to this with critical ears, it is really a great album. There are some all time favorites in here, like Book That I Read, Psycho Killer, and Sugar On My Tongue. Byrne's style isn't fully developed yet, but the band is already firing on all cylinders. Talking Heads is already an excellent band by '77.
Decided I’m a guy who really likes Talking Heads now, saved to my albums
Had forgotten how good this album was
What a cool band the Talking Heads were. Their albums have this consistent sound that is definitively Talking Heads, but they are all different, and all great in their own ways. This album doesn't sound dated at all, despite being nearly 45 years old 5/5
Classic album. I need some Talking Heads vinyl stat. I love the guitar work in particular.
timelss, great album
Psycho Killer made me rethink the kind of music that I considered "my music"
Finally! I was going to sue this whole generator if a Talking Heads album didn't come up on here. They are one of the best bands in the history of music. It's a delight to hear the whole album where they debuted. David Byrne is a global treasure. The whole band deserves all the accolades, but Byrne owns the vision.
I went into this one loving the album, but I listened to it for really the first time through a critic's lens and I am torn between 4 and 5 stars. I think it is definitely my favorite one so far, but I don't know if it is the complete top top of my ranking system. I think it is a 4/5 among my favorite albums and the albums I listen to, but it is probably a 5/5 with random albums, so I think I have to give it the full 5 stars. From the get-go, the driving funk bass with random piano and guitar riffs is really cool, and the tempo changes driven by the drums throughout are so well done. David Byrne also has one of my favorite voices ever because he makes screaming sound good. The back half with a lineup of The Book I Read, Government, First Week, fucking psycho killer, AND pulled up is truly an incredible stretch, and the album takes me back to dancing with my family in the living room, rediscovering it in high school, and my brother screaming Talking Heads lyrics at me throughout #TinaWeymouthStanClub
Though they are still not at the height of their powers here, this early, more stripped down version of the band may be my favorite incarnation in many ways. I think it's because you can focus so clearly on the songwriting itself, rather than it being somewhat buried in the dazzle of the production and arrangements as would start to happen on later albums. Love it all.
i don't have time to write this but it was fun lol
As a debut album it is wildly successful at telling us exactly who Talking Heads are and what they’re all about. David Byrne is the chosen one of the new wave art punk revolution. I love the quirky POV of this album, and the playfulness in the lyrics. I’m just such a sucker for weirdo misfits that put humour into their work. Stellar record, just love the shit out of this band for daring to be so authentically different and carving their own path.
4/5. Heard it before but a few great tracks on this debut. Kayleigh and Andy did karaoke to Psycho Killer.
Talking Heads is another band I've listened to plenty but haven't listened closely. Great album. The band had their "sound" down from day one. All the tracks are fantastic. Favorites - Psycho Killer (of course), Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town, No Compassion ("they say compassion is a virtue, but I don't have the time"), Pulled Up. Just so good. Easy 5.
A very important album released when punk and New Wave were on it's verge, contrasted by the threat of disco taking over the airwaves. The Talking Heads, lead by David Byrne emerged from the New York city punk scene playing the dingy clubs such as, CBGB's and Max's that formed a music community of talented and previously unheard artists. The beauty of the first Talking Heads album is it's simplicity, the sound and songs were straight forward, they were unique though, especially Byrne's jittery vocal style and angular guitar sound and Byrne's guitar playing is highly underrated! Though the Heads gained more commercial success as the band's sound expanded into other genre's, Talking Heads 77 will always be considered a landmark record!
One of the greatest Talking Heads albums, which means it's one of the greatest albums of all time. It has "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town", "Don't Worry About the Government" and "Psycho Killer" a's highlights, but all 11 tracks are new wave classics.
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Do they make bad songs? Weird, poppy, angular (again), bouncy.
Great great sound. David Byrne is a amazing.
While listening to this I thought to myself "this is about as good as I remember it. But they did top this album later. This is probably worth a 4" by the end of the album I was in such a good mood that I think it deserves the full 5. Even if it doesn't "deserve it" its getting it from me anyway and no one can stop me.
Brilliant album. It's creative, engaging and enjoyable. David Byrne is a brilliant musician with brilliant vocals. This is one of the best albums so far!
5 star +++ Absolute whopper debut album. Cover art 5/5 iconic
Great voice, tunes and all round fab album!
Wow, it's like a chiller version of Stop Making Sense
Referring to this as not the best Talking Heads release is unfair. There may be no band that maintained as high a standard of excellence for a long career. I can hear on this record the early CBGB influences as well as the idiosyncratic elements that led to the great run of releases in the 80s. There is an edginess that belies the catchy melodies. From day one, the musical interaction between Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth is special (no surprise). My favorite Talking Heads release may differ from day to day, but the band is always in my top five.
Their third best album Insane basslines throughout
The older I get, the more I love the Talking Heads. Everything Talking Heads.
god damn I’ve always loved the Talking Heads but I had no idea they started out so strong - 10/10 favorite songs are Uh-Oh Love Comes to Town, The Book I Read, First Week / Last Week…. Carefree, and obviously Psycho Killer really incredible album all the way through
Really enjoyed this album! It was so good.
Talking Heads’ debut album is an up tempo, new wave classic and despite the band being but newly formed there is already a remarkable synergy between the band members captured here which points the way forward to even more remarkable material to follow. The vibe is terrific and Psycho Killer loses none of its impact despite its ubiquity, that driving insistent bass and stabbing guitar riff and Byrne’s odd French and classic soul lyrics render an unique experience.
favourites: love>building on fire, uh oh love comes to town, new feeling, psycho killer
Feel like I’m going to have heard their entire discography by the time we’re done here. I’m not complaining though
Wasn’t the best talking heads album but psycho killer is a great song
I love talking heads. I remember back in elementary school the middle school teacher asked everyone who their favorite artist was, everyone was saying Queen, I was proud to be the only one who said Talking Heads. Talking Heads 77 isn’t my favorite album by then though.
I mean psycho killer, that alone gives this 3
Really into this! I already knew Psycho Killer was great, but the rest is really catchy rock as well. Kind of whimsical too.
Very cool album, keeps it interesting Gotta love psycho killer
Very nice record, I liked the guitars a lot
Not as good as Remain in Light, but still absolutely banging. A lot of fun, but I prefer the later stuff when they had found their stride more. Enjoyably wonky, has no doubt influenced the way I look at music.
Todo el disco tiene onda, no serán los pioneros en el new wave pero si creo que unos de los mejores. Se distingue cada uno de los instrumentos perfectamente en cada rola y no pareciera que es de finales de los 70's
Optimistic, nice to listen to
I listened four times through. Really great.
Really funky, my favorite talking heads album I’ve heard
This has everything. Steel drums. Great guitar riffs. Top hot of the Talking Heads. Great 1st album.
i really enjoyed this album. it was very funky
Anything by the Talking Heads is always a good time. A solid debut album.
Amazing album. 8-9/10 1. Pulled Up 2. Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town 3. Psycho Killer
Después de la desilusión de Teardrop Explodes toca ahora sí una banda verdaderamente sobresaliente en New Wave, incluso adelantada para el mismo género y que llegaría a la cima del mismo. Con un dejo de sonido y ritmo punk inmediatamente se muestra la capacidad de mezclar distintos géneros y estilos; desde la primera canción se siente la capacidad que tienen de infundir con una enorme energía cada una de las canciones. Entre sonidos de punk, disco, funk y coros pegajosos con letras disonantes se sienten como un rechazo a la idea del rock macho de hombre, se muestran mucho más abiertos, conectados y desinhibidos, lo que les lleva a ser mucho más no conformistas, rebeldes y honestos que la misma música punk de la que salieron (haciendo incluso en comparación que el "punk de verdad" se sienta un poco ridículo). Desde este debut se ve claro que no serían la banda típica. Salidos directo de CBGB's se empiezan a separar artísticamente del género que los junto de inicio. Serán una banda con dejos de punk pero una pasión por el R&B, una innegable capacidad de llevar un sonido único y letras inesperadas para la música que las acompaña. Creo las dos canciones que reflejan mejor a la banda del disco serían Psycho Killer, fácilmente la canción más conocida de ellos y Pulled Up por otro lado cierra el disco de manera increíble mezclando pop, punk y sonidos tipo motown en una combinación que sería la firma de la banda de ahí en adelante. Es un disco que todavía hoy en día se oye fresco e innovador y pocas bandas pueden sentirse tan radicales y mainstream al mismo tiempo.
Wasn't sure at first, but warmed up to it by the end. 4*
Loved the funkiness of the melodies. Whether it was the vocal line or the guitar line, there was always something fun happening.
J'ai trouvé que malgré le fait que l'album date de 77, ça ne sonnait pas ''vieux''. En fait je pense que plusieurs groupes contemporains se sont probablement inspiré de leur style. Pour ce qui est de l'album, j'ai trouvé la première moitiée plutôt ordinaire, mais la seconde est excellente. Je dirais qu'à partir de Psycho Killer, c'est assez solide. Mon hit: Sugar on my tongue
The first and last songs are great! Everything else is just okay. I guess it's enough to earn 4 stars.
4 wegen Psycho Killer
This is an astonishing debut album. Totally new and original sound, Art Punk is an apt description. Killer songs include Don’t worry about the government, no compassion, pulled up and of course, one of their very best Psycho Killer. I really wish they have half stars as this is a clear 4.5 for me. Yes it’s very good but not quite perfect. I’ll reserve that for another talking heads album, so to differentiate it this gets a really high 4
Tip top stuff! Much better than the other Talking Heads album so far encountered. Their best album? I should say so!
This album is dope. 'Uh-oh, Love Comes to Town'? Such a track. Love the steel drums. David Byrne has ass burgers out the wazoo but whatever. Not as good as Speaking in Tongues but sufficiently freaky.
Was gonna go 3 but ends on a big high
Jest to chyba drugi albumik gadajcych glow jaki mam na liscie, wiec nie bede nic nowego pisal o bandzie, sama muzyka jako debiut ma wiele do poprawy, ale czuc wyraznie brzmienie zespolu, zelaszcza na trakach takich jak psycho killer, czy otwierajacy love comes to town, witty lirycs with the dose of some exotic element for example use of french language, jest czyms co zdobylo bandzie rzesze wiernych fanow, bo juz nawet debiutancki krazek sprzedal sie dobrze, wiadomo ze zasluge ma tutaj banda ktora juz promowala sie wczesniej z ramonesami czy innymi rokowcami, jak z modern loversami, bo wlasnie do nich najbardziej sie upodobniaja tutaj jesli chodzi o styl, zwlaszcza o wokal, ktory ciezko w niektorych momentach nazwac spiewem, ale bryne wiedzial co robi recytujac witty lirycs over the pop rock shiting about nothing, jako ze to debiut to influencje z kazdej strony mozna wyczuc, ale jesli byly to wplywy osob takich jak lou reed, to wydaje mi sie ze pozytywnie wplynelo na to mozna teraz sluchac, troche nieporczna ta skala piecio gwuszdowa, bo jednak troche slabszy album niz remain in the light, ale jednak nie trojka, wiec zostaje czworka z zastrzezeniem, ze jednak jest to diament jeszcze nieoszlifowany
What an incredible first album, only giving it 4 instead of 5 because I know what’s coming for the band but this is pretty close to flawless
An odd vibe just like Man Man. I'd have to be in an unusual mood, but it is fun. Includes Psycho Killer.
2nd Talking heads album, and only a week in
J’ai adoré. Tu vois que plusieurs groupes ont été influencé par leur sonorité. Les petits bouts chantés en français, les beats saccadés le drum léger et la base pesante. OUI
I liked the album more as it went on and most of my favorite songs are towards the end of the album. It's definitely a Talking Heads album and as weird as I expected it to be. It's not one of my favorite albums but it deserved to be on this list for sure. Favorite songs: Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town, Psycho Killer, Pulled Up Decent 7/10
Maybe it's time to take of my rose tinted glasses with this album. I was a massive fan when I was a spotty teen, living on a diet of Monster Munch, cherry cola and danger wanks. I haven't listened to this reford in going on 25 years, so hearing it now and being transported back to that excitement, that optimism, that youthful exuberance that I felt then makes me feel that maybe, just maybe I'm not the old man I thought I was. It was a relief and a pleasure to rekindle my love affair -like sugar on my tongue.
I'm surprised every song on this LP is familiar since I didn't own it and for sure haven't listened to it in over three decades. It's interesting to see how much their music evolved from this album until Speaking In Tongues. Their music ended up being a much bigger sound with many different layers. For sure they got better this is also very good. I didn't have to decide if it was 4 or 5 since, if a 5 I would need to invoke my Fela rule and not give two 5's to the same artist in a week.
Love this. Never heard it before. I'm a fan. Made me feel very productive!
Ganska bra! Psychokiller är mmm bra
As a recent Talking Heads convert I can confidently encourage anyone, who’s into any of their other albums, to give this release a listen. I love it almost as much as Fear Of Music. In saying that I absolutely love Fear Of Music so this one is still a favourite. Go put a smile on your dial! 4 Stars!
is it good - yes i think so, do I like it - well not loads. i will kick the can another 10 years and try again then
An interesting album that must have been way ahead of its time when it first came out. So far I only knew Psycho Killer and I would never have guessed that the song is older than mid-90s. From the polished sound and varied song-writing I would also never have guessed that this is a debut album. The album doesn't sound amazing to me either, but I did enjoy it enough to see myself re-visiting it.
Really enjoyed this journey! Wasn’t familiar with much of their work outside of the big singles
Really good! Loved the music
Lovely smooth bass and thoroughly enjoyable album.
byrne's lyrics can be super lame, but they can be excusable when the song rules. great album.
Not as wild and interesting as some of their later stuff but still a very good record and a great debut
I like the Talking Heads, but only in small doses. It does have Psycho Killer, so that’s a plus.
Finally came across something in this list that I've listened to before lol! Such a classic, still completely unique to this day. I love love love Talking Heads so much, everything from the instrumentation to the lyrics is so interesting and fresh that you can't listen to any song just once!
I came into listening to this knowing the band very very well but having never listened start to finish to any of their albums so this should be interesing. I listened to the version without Love → Building on Fire Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town - what a funky start, love that tropical style xylophone or keyboard or whatever it is. "I neglect my duties, I'll be in trouble, but" "The answer is obvious: love has come to town" - get down jerry! new feeling - all about the drums and the guitar here with a nice bassline but no as good lyrically. Tentative Decisions - groovy bass and a bit all over the place which goes well with the lyrics. "[*The printed sleeve lyrics end here with the instruction "repeat with reversal of gender."]" is. very david byrne album falls off a bit here but picks back up towards the end so could do without next 3 tracks or bring in some of the later release / version tracks instead but they fit in with the album Happy Day - possibly the highest note I have heard him sing - "Born with the things that I know" - drags on a bit more than it should but I have never heard it before and sounds very different to their later work vocal wise although can obviously see a lot of his style in it. who is it? - pyscho killer pre-cursor? No Compassion - autism/Aspergers showing here but a good song and very self aware title the book i read - "The book I read was in your eyes" is a great line Don’t Worry About the Government - "Loved ones, loved ones visit the building Take the highway, park and come up and see me I'll be working, working but if you come visit I'll put down what I'm doing, my friends are important" is great lyrics and his delivery gives it extra first week / Last Week....Carefree - meh - "aye-ya-ya-ya-ya" used before the chorus is a call-forward to physco killer pyscho killer - somewhat of a joke song but very catchy and possibly their most known song or at least one of bass line is excellent, great opener to their concert album "We are vain and we are blind I hate people when they're not polite" This album is odd I feel like the band or possibly byrne alone have stepped back from it, there are several love songs on it as far as my interpretation and he later goes on to talk about not writing about big things like love except to a lamp (although that interview is likely a take on interviews so might be deliberate) and only 2 songs you ever really see them play although that could be more to do with the strength of their discophraphy I love david byrnes voice, he is the antithesis to morrissey. Jerry Harrison is very underrated especially in early talking heads, he is the majority of the guitar and the keyboards throughout. "the better a singers voice, the harder it is to belive what they are saying" For a debut album you can hear a lot of the core of what would propel them throughout their career together. 4 based on the "4 - enjoyed it, will listen again"
Album clave que marca muy perfectamente el paso del punk al new wave.
The weakest of the bands 4 albums in the book. It’s still quite good, but the songs just don’t gel as well when compared to the contents of the other album.
I'd say a good ole classic talking heads album, take my 4 stars!
Was expecting this to be a more challenging listen, but it is surprisingly consistent, and still has some unusual approaches without deviating too much from an alternative/punk/rock formula to not be easily appreciated. Solid.
The energy is a bit low for me. This is their first album, and it feels like they were still trying to find their sound. That being said, most of the album was banger material even if sometimes I felt as if they could've gone bigger in some areas. Favorite track: The Book I Read
So different, so fresh in the day. I’m firmly in the Remain in Light camp, but if that didn’t exist this would still be a fun record.
Fuck yeah! Super fun and deep, a little more melodic than I'm used to from them too, which was good
It's a good album a bit all over the place, uneven. Unique interesting and it has psycho killer one of the graeat songs of the past 40 years. 4.5 🌟
Ok, måske ikke lige min stil pga stemmen og den stramme lyd. 4 fordi jeg jeg tror måske jeg kunne blive mere glad for den. Der er kvalitet i den
Love the revisit this is a favorite of my parents
Before the Talking Heads released one of the greatest albums of all time, even before they honed their new eave sound with Brian Eno, they released this: a sound more focused on the art punk tendencies of before. They have not gotten fully weird yet. Alas, their songwriting shines and the extent of their instrumentation and Byrne's vocals are undeniably unique. Far from their best album, but still really good. Says a lot about their discography, methinks.
Muy buen disco. Psychokiller excelente
"Oh come on! This is the fourth Talking Heads album I've rolled in two months. I didn't like any of the other ones, why would I like this one." ...Damn it. This album is legitimately good. UGH I mean everything about this is smart and intentional and well-executed. Everything. This album needed to exist and it deserves to be as influential as it was. Still, though. Damn it. I'm angry at how good this is. Argh.
One of the classic debut albums
Rock new wave un tanto monótono. Un megahit.
Only 4 stars because they made even better albums later
They hadn’t quite found their sound yet on this album. Still a great performance from David Byrne with some classic songs. 8/10
7/10. Pretty good, but the way they sing grates on me after a while.
8. I like the talking heads, but not their best album
7/10 interesting album! Not as good as I would’ve hoped but the singles were solid standouts .
I've always liked Talking Heads' singles and I'm one of the people who believe that Stop Making Sense is one of the best concert films ever made, but here's a confession, I've never owned a Talking Heads album until recently when I got More Songs About Buildings and Food from a second hand shop. So to get an album with only one song on it that I knew (Psycho Killer) was almost like Talking Heads had released a new album. I enjoyed it, It was kind of familiar but different, with David Byrnes distinctive voice and Tina Weymouth's funky bass. It may be because I'm much more familiar with their singles or because it's their debut, but I felt like some of the songs sounded like demos, also some other interesting sounds in some songs, such as steel drums in the opening track, made it an interesting and enjoyable listen.
This album fucks. Very fun and really interesting to listen to. Not a background music type of sound at all
psycho killer & sugar on my tongue push this to a 4
I really like Talking Heads, although in my opinion this isn't their best album. However, Psycho Killer is an absolute banger, and there are several other nice songs on here (Pulled Up, The Book I Read).
Un dels clàssics de la new wave, amb tota la raó per ser venerat com a tal. En uns anys (1977-1981) d'inventiva i creativitat musical com no s'havien donat ni s'han tornat a donar des d'aleshores, '77' destaca com un dels pinacles. L'únic que li falta per ser perfecte és algun tema més a l'alçada de 'Psycho Killer' -una de les millors cançons de la década. Però tot ell traspua qualitat a un molt alt nivell
3.5, not sure on 3 vs 4...
Easy 4. Love the music. That's a 5 for me. Would listen anytime. Lyrics are a bit soft and/or repetitive or a bit eccentric at times. That's my only qualm. I'm bordering on a 5 but not quite. Great bass lines.
Psycho killer bop
Great record, Psycho Killer is an all-time fave
Most prominent things happening here are Byrne's interesting early vocal quality, and instruments that are fun and feel slightly B-52s. Up and down in places, just barely clears to a 4 for me.
The musical equivalent of those weird outcast kids in high school that didn't care about your opinion and had more fun than any of their peers.
Super clean guitars, unexpected harmonies
15th November 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working. Talking heads are probably the band that I've done the biggest turn around on through doing this. I really love them and have a new found appreciation for David Byrne. Poppy, dark, witty, sarcastic, great fun.
I like the upbeat vibes. It got a bit samey after ahwile.
I liked the vibe and the beats of the songs. I could listen to more of it. not my favorite, but still pretty good.
Cool album. I caught a mix of classic rock with some blues that made this a really cool experience. It was definitley a very cool first approach to the music of Talking Heads.
I'm a fan of this band. Cohesive lyrics and tight pop. I'll continue to get more into them as I age. David Byrne is a genius.
Þvílíkt útálandi unglingafyllerí á fimmtudegi!
This is Talking Heads before David Byrne hijacked the name and started treating the other three as his backing band and long before he started doing Broadway specials. The thing people forget is just how talented the band were as a whole. This album is raw and loses direction in places however overall it is a stunning debut and lacks the cynicism of their last few albums. Arty, funky, punky songs with real heart
Definitely not their best album, I think the only song I'd really want to listen to is Psycho Killer which is a classic. Overall it's still very art-rock and creative, but compared to their latest works there isn't as much here. I want to rate it a 3 in comparison to their other works, but in general compared to other 3s I've given it seems too low, so I'll bump it up to a soft 4.
To be honest I was getting sick of this album, then Psycho Killer came on and I was like, O shit yea, the Pulled Up came on and OH HELL YES what a song!
vaguely absurdist soft touch rock with lots of... spiciness? funkiness? a good fever dream
Talking Heads are one of my favourite bands and David Byrne is an all-out icon for me, but I'm actually not as familiar with their jagged art-punky roots as I am with their later work (in all its Eno collaborating, stage-show pioneering, groove-busting, big-suit wearing genius). Standing on its own merit, "77" is an arresting listen and a solid debut. Even if the band are paving the way for more ambitious projects to come, the distinct characteristics that make them brilliant are still recognisable across the 11 tracks. "Uh, Oh, Love Comes To Town" is a delicious introduction, buoyed by a bouncy riff and a unpredictable melody that crescendos towards its chorus. Logical sense is under threat from a primal, intangible feeling: love. While love is typically expressed in the simplest form in song and verse ("easy as 1-2-3"), to Byrne it's a source of fear, confusion, paranoia: more comparable to a "stock-broker making a bad investment". Byrne seems to walk variations on this line all through his career and across much of the rest of the album: trust nothing, dissect every feeling, consider every angle. Across the rest of "77", there's a heady range of this sentiment and sharp, catchy tunes. "Psycho Killer" is, of course, an all-time classic for the band, exemplifying Byrne's frantic, neurotic vocals, Weymouth's ability to craft a simple and stand-out bassline, and the band's tight, insular musicianship. "Pulled Up" has long been one of my favourites from their early period. It's a perfect catharsis from "77"'s pent-up frustrations and neurosis, where the band just seem to let go. Filled with infectious energy, breathless enthusiasm, and unhinged vocalisations, executed utterly convincingly and freely. While the instrumentation generally affirms the band's line-up as a no-frills art-punk outfit, it's good to hear some embellishments creeping in (steel pan in "Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town", saxophone in "First Week / Last Week....Carefree", keyboards across many of the different tracks), just tastefully enough to complement the material without detracting. "77" is a brilliant gateway into the oddball musings of Talking Heads: although the best would be yet to come, it's hard not to be swept along by its charm.
Love how this album opens - one of my favorite talking heads albums
Great album. This was good the whole way through, more positive than I was expecting
It's weird to think of Talking Heads as a bunch of upstarts, fresh on the scene, bringing their own take on weirdness sounding new and unlike anything else while still feeling kind of punk and new wave. As long as I've been alive, they've kind of been an established band, somebody whom everybody just knows; yet here they are on their debut album just stringing together weird lyrics about the most banal things like modern buildings and reading books, meshing them with some pretty jangly guitars and screechy vocals and bringing that all together in a way that can kind of make me see what it was like to hear these weirdoes for the first time, a whole year before I was born. This may have actually been the first time I have heard this album from start to finish. Don't think it will be the last.
Psycho Killer alone get this to positive territory, then the rest takes it to a 4.
This group is an enigmatic blend that defies explanation but somehow manages to find a endearing niche amongst the North American pop greats! The band is extremely tight and the production of the music is crystal clear. You can hear everyone doing their part and all parts and transitions are exactly in their places and precisely on their marks. Byrnes’ lyrics and vocals are both equally complex and precise, but not altogether too serious either. In all, the band was and remains quite unique. Their vision feels so precise that it’s easy to take for granted as just a given while it rolls by on the radio. But listening closer will reveal something really special that always has me scratching my head wondering, where in the world did they come up with this!
Remember Psycho Killer from 77-78... in Podmore. Dave Fisher had the 12" and I put it on a compilation tape for my sister.
'77 reveals a strange combination of social attitudes, naïve melodies and surreal fables. The oblique strategy David Byrne used to set his psychotic rigmaroles (which I really love) to music was complemented by a rhythm section consisting of danceable and tribal beats. (8/10) FT: Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town, New Feeling, Psycho Killer, Pulled Up
Great debut album by a great and legendary artists
First time listen to this album. I just love how weird the Talking Heads were. A lot of these songs were so oddball and irreverent. Tentative Decisions, Who Is It?, etc. And obviously Psycho Killer and Pulled Up are the classics on this one.
Muy animoso, muy de buenas, siempre está bien escuchar a Talking Heads 8.5/10
This was difficult to judge. The Talking Heads are just so eclectic - is that a good word or a bad word? I found I most enjoyed Tina Weymouth's bass lines (especially on the first track and Psycho Killer). David Byrne is a gifted (but overly complicated?) lyricist even if his singing is a bit off-key. After multiple listens I found myself really digging their funk sound (really notable on Uh-Oh Love Comes to Town, Who Is it?, The Book I Read, First Week/Last Week). I feel like behind the funk there was folk or country or rock or something else I couldn't place. Whatever it is, it earned my respect. I'm still not sure I'll ever be able to spend days on end listening to them, but this album is solid. And their talent is undeniable.
I had been listening to "Sand In The Vaseline," a compilation from <checks notes> THIRTY years ago?! Wow. A number of the songs are on this compilation, but I do not have this album. It took me a long time to get used to the elegant simplicity of those songs, as opposed to the well-known "hits" by the band. Because of this, as much as I enjoy the band, I can't give this 5 stars. I mean, yes it does have the great "Psycho Killer" on it. But it then has other songs which... yeah. (For example, "Who Is It?")
It is fun to listen to the beginning of that Talking Heads sound and hear David Byrne cultivate his unique style. While Psycho Killer stands out above the rest of the tracks, overall it is a very good debut album.
As a debut, this is the least assured of the four great Talking Heads albums. The ingredients are there, but haven't evolved to sublime perfection yet. It feels harsh, when the album contains The Book I Read, Don't Worry About the Government, Love --> Building On Fire and Psycho Killer. But while it has the odd subject matter, the funk loving grooves and all the stuff that makes them so good, it's just not as consistently wonderful as Fear of Music or Speaking in Tongues, as it has more filler, like New Feeling on there. Still an amazing album, and an amazing debut.
I really love this, it's quirky and unconventional and a sign of how music was about to change.
I'm very intrigued. This is a kooky album
Good, not the best Talking Heads album though.
“Uh oh, Love comes to town” IS A STRAIGHT UP BOP 10/10 “New Feeling” has a great intro, makes me want to shake my head side to side. Has a good message, I love the riffs in the guitar. I just can’t shake the groove out of me. I can definitely see this song being in a movie. Has some weird highs and lows, but other than that it’s great. 8/10 “Tentative Decisions” has a great little riff intro, the drum beat seems to be really solid, the chorus vocals are really good, but the vocals are kinda quirky for lack of a better word. Ooh I love the second part of the song after the first chorus. Has a good hype up to the next part which is back to the riff then the melody, it’s great composition. Feels kind of like a marching song and dancing song simultaneously. Good outro piano part, with the classic fade out obviously. 7/10 “Happy Day” has an interesting and ear-catching intro, I like the creativity. The vocals are great in this song. The high falsetto notes have kind of grown on me, I guess it’s just a style I’m not used to. I like the intentional pauses in the music, it adds just a fresh little bit to be like “wait what? I gotta keep listening!” And it has good song-writing the rhythm is very good. Writing poems is hard enough, I have no clue how song-writers manage to put in a whole bunch of instruments into a poem and make it sound good! 8/10 “Who is it?” That intro is just so powerful and groovy. I like how this song manages to have this much repition and still feel fresh and new. I like this love song it really contrasts with the crooning that pertains to most love songs. Very creative. I love the cut-off at the end. 10/10 “No Compassion” has a very interesting title. I don’t know how much this song speaks to me. It has some pretty good drums and guitar but it doesn’t stand out too much to me. It’s a good quality of song for the most part. The last part kind of carries the song with the fade in and out imo it just doesn’t have enough to stand out. 5/10 “The Book I Read” has a good intro and stands out a lot! Really gets me excited for the next part, and I love the piano that they included into a rock song! The singing is pretty awesome. I can’t get enough. I can’t believe he’s living in the future.😮10/10 “Don’t Worry About the Government” has a solid intro, and a good bouncy tune. It’s very upbeat I like it a lot. I just wanna bounce around with this song. Singing is pretty good and fits for the song. I like the ending. 9/10 “First Week / Last Week….Carefree” has a very long title, I don’t know what I expect. I love how spunky all these intros are. The sound that plays at the beginning is very cool. It’s very stand off ish which is what we love to see. I’ll definitely remember this name because of its spunk. 9/10 “Psycho Killer” has a violent name. But when I look at the playlists that are related to this kind of music, they all feature psycho killer, so I have high expectations. Good bass line. I like how it builds with the instruments it draws attention. I love it. Has some good metaphors. It’s very memorable. Great outro. 10/10 “Pulled Up” has interesting lyrics. But they start being pretty uplifting. Good bouncy tune, less bouncy than “Don’t worry about the government” though. 8/10 “Love➡️Building on Fire” is an interesting metaphor and I’m intrigued to see how they justify it. I do not get the lyrics at all… but it has a great tune. 6/10 “I wish you wouldn’t say that” has a weird psychadelicky background noise. Feels nice to listen to. The ending has a weird yelling bit in the back. 6/10 “I feel it in my heart” has a spunky intro. Has good lyrics. I like the boldness of this song despite the lyrics contradicting it. It’s a catch-22, it’s interesting. 8/10 “Sugar on my tongue” is the last song on this album. I’m excited to see how this album comes to a close. Ooh that’s a nice sound of an intro, winding down, coming to a close. Great bounciness. Just what I expect for an ending song. 9/10 Overall the album is a 4.8/5
I wish I could have listened to this more closely before reviewing. I liked what I heard. There was funk, rock and world music all rolled into a fun package. Psycho Killer is of course a classic song that would raise the score of any album. Great bass parts all around. I don’t think it was perfect but I’m gonna give this a 4.
Instantly recognizable quirky sound of David Byrne. I like this album, but there are other Talking Heads records that I like better. I do love Psycho Killer. I think that's one of their best songs. This was clearly a very different sound that really stood out back in 1977. May have been categorized as Punk at the time, but much more sophisticated and complex than that label!
A strong debut. Don't think it's as solid-gold as the records later in the catalogue, but hints at the greatness to come. Favorite tracks: "The Book I Read", "Psycho Killer", "Pulled Up", "No Compassion"
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Good. Will listen to more TH
Probably underrated due to its influence on future punk and new wave.
Great album, deserves a 4 for psycho killer alone
Love the talking heads in general, but other than psycho killer wasn't anything that spectacular here.
Had only heard Psycho Killer. This was great! Need to go down a Talking Heads rabbit hole...
Still as good as it ever was.
77. 1977 was a fantastic year for the rise of New Year. Among Devo and Elvis Costello stood a CGBG art punk band called Talking Heads, characterized by lunatic vocals by David Byrne, a voice like no other, and repetitive poetic lyrics on themes of the psychology of an outspoken paranoid social outcast. I also love that Caribbean sound. Is that just the guitar and steel pan? If not for their later albums, people would regard this album much higher. There's no Eno touch, and they haven't quite found their sound yet. But it's raw and full of creative ideas. "Uh Oh Love Comes to Town" starts off sounding like a reaction to disco. "Happy Day" is a beautiful underrated song acts as a sign of their Little Creatures sound. "No Compassion" sees one of my favorite punk techniques: a fakeout of the song ending followed by a re-do. Personally, I quite enjoyed nearly all the tracks. At least something cool and unusual stuck out to me from every track. And sure, some of the tracks are forgettable, but those cool moments stick. Plus, how could you say no to a commie album cover?
Magnificent, and it just gets better with every listen.
Was hopeful after seeing that Psycho Killer is on this album, but a bit disappointed that none of the other songs are as memorable.
Some good stuff. Kind of all sounds the same though!
Amazing album. Different from what I usually listen to. Very groovy, very funky. Insane/fun beats. I love it. “Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town” is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard.
Hadn't heard this whole album before. Some of these tunes I thought were from later albums and not their debut. I really enjoyed it, it was less quirky than I was expecting and way more polished.
So widely imitated, its hard now to hear how unique and surprising this must have sounded when it came out. The songs themselves don't, however, always hit gold - but the album remains an engaging listen because of the daring arrangements. And then, the two final tracks are both stone cold classics and point the way for the huge improvement the band would go on to make.
I haven’t revisited this in about a year. I really forgot how quaint it sounds next to the following Heads albums. Curiously, Side 2 is perhaps the better side?
I like it, good!
percebo parcialmente o encanto, mas nao me aquece nem me arrefece pessoalmente
A decent debut album by legendary act Talking Heads, everyone's gotta start somewhere but this album is very consistent and has great tracks such as the classic "Psycho Killer", as well as "New Feeling" and "Who Is It?"
I’m just not a talking heads fan
Men without Hats vibe which makes sense since it belongs to the 1970s to 90s era of New Wave.
It was ok
so os classicos
class is talking heads some good tracks, but most sound very similar.
Going for the discography
I'm digging it. It's weird but in a good way
There is the famous "Psycho-Killer". Good enough, but Talking Heads is not my thing.
It's okay! New wave/punk is alright with me. What's up with the marimbas tho? Psycho Killer is still a bop.
Fun background album with 2 well-known songs.
Not much I can say about this besides "it's Talking Heads", that is to say it's pretty good.
Pretty Decent Rock
Lovely English talking music
This is pretty decent but it’s not even the best talking heads album
I thought I was going to line this more. Psycho Killer is phenomenal but most of the rest was just perfectly fine.
I liked this better than the other Talking Heads album I have listened to. Less repetitive with the same musicality
Meh. Instrumentation saves this but the sound hasn't aged well and the high-pitched lead singer doesn't do it for me. Psycho Killer is a great track. Probably 3.5 / 5 for me.
Not bad at all, ich hab das Lied Psycho Killer gespeichert und dann gesehen dass es das meistgehörte Lied von der Band ist, I am just saying guys maybe ai am the next Melon
Not bad - psycho killer is great, but I think this was some of their earlier work. I'll probably like it more with time.
Psycho killer was really the only one I could get in to, the rest were a bit to monotone on the vocals and repetitive with the beat
Rock, post punk.
Wasn't listening closely but good background jamz
Super-ambivalent. Svinger fra irriterende til bra hele tiden. Foretrekker Datarock
tres bonne voix bon musicien mais encore mauvais choix d'album
Pretty Good. Too much talking. Gets better towards the end.
discovered im not the biggest fan of talking heads. Theres only a few songs besides the big hits that stood out to me. Probably wouldn't listen to in entirety again. Favorite song besides psycho killer (classic so doesn't quite count) is Dont worry about the government. Id give the album a 6/10
This was a good album. Nice to listen to it and very nice recognizable singles, but also very repetitive. Good to know a little bit more about this important band.
“Talking Heads 77” by Talking Heads (1977) It was new. It was different. It was influential. And it (almost) stood the test of time. Here’s an album that’s like a scary clown. You know the comedy is a pose, but you’re not sure if or when he’ll bring out the knife. Lyrical obscurity works well when it draws the listener in. On this album, songwriter David Byrne is mostly successful. In “Don’t Worry about the Government”, for example, he doesn’t even mention “government”, but rather the “I”, and “me”—satisfied, conveniently situated, and balanced. His protagonist IS the government, and hence the ominous undertones begin to percolate upward in the psyche of the listener. This is a parody, but it is not a joke. And it is more meaningful now than it was in 1977. Good stuff. Musically, it’s a mixed bag. Vocal dubbing is sometimes necessary, it is hard work, and on this album, where it is attempted, it fails. Calling it “new wave” does not relieve one of the obligation to sing. Byrne’s voice seems to always strain to reach up to the pitch. It makes the listener tired. But the instrumentals are quite good. The musical highlight of the album is the understated but supremely effective bass guitar of Tina Weymouth. Produced in 1977, this debut album by Talking Heads clearly demonstrated that they were going places. But not yet. 3/5
Pues la verdad es que tengo sentimientos encontrados...
It was like fine, I don’t know that I could understand all the words and I felt like I was my mom listening to my music but it wasn’t a bad time one might say
"Psycho Killer" is obviously a classic, but overall not their best *album*.
Täähän olikin ihan okei! :) Talkkareiden eka levy ja tästä on ilmeisesti ollut sitten suunta vain alaspäin. Levyn avausbiisi ja Psycho Killer jäivät erityisesti mieleen (jälkimmäinen kuulosti jotenkin tutulta, liekö kuullut jossain aiemminkin?). Vähän sellaista taiteellista vibaa tässä levyssä on, mutta mielestäni pääpaino on kuitenkin perinteisessä musiikin tekemisessä eikä pelkästään kokeiluissa ja sekoilussa.
Talking Heads. No one sounds like them. Psycho Killer!
They set the precedent for music
The guys voice is weird. Hard to take him seriously. Psycho killer is redeeming tho
Classic debut again! New Wave is born in a massive suit. Best Tracks: Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town, Psycho Killer, Pulled Up
2.5 - 3 / 5 it's ok
It was ok - nothing really blew me away though
just plods along being fairly inoffensive or captivating and then BANG. suddenly one of the best songs ever written powers out. Psycho Killer really does save this album.
Kurz in der Mittagspause reingehört, die Sonne kam raus und die Musik klang ganz entspannt. Bisschen sehr avantgarde, qu'est-ce que c'est? (puh, sieben Jahre Schulfranzösisch sind wie aus meinem Gehirn gelöscht. Schade eigentlich).
Прикольный, но ничего необычного. Дефолтная музыка.
I used to listen to a lot of Talking Heads and David Byrne, and still do from time to time, although much more focused on their later stuff. So inventive, so intriguing in so many ways, and often times quite catchy and fun. This is their debut album and I hadn't really listened to it in full before. It was good to read the Wikipedia article on it, too. It mentions how friendly they were with Lou Reed and how he gave them some advice. I definitely hear some Velvet Underground/Lou Reed-esque vibes in here (I have a feeling we'd say that about a lot of the 70s CBGB's bands). I can also hear how at this point in their career they could've pushed their sound into the punk scene or more into the pop/rock space, which is where they pretty much went (both genres are great; no judgment intended). This is good stuff; really quite good when I remember this is their very first album (hey, it's got 'Psycho Killer,' a rather iconic song).
Some great stuff and some very annoying stuff.
Definitivno album vrijedan slušanja, nije među najboljima pošto Talking Heads ima puno kvalitetnog materijala/albuma, singlova. Za početak karijere, sasvim dobra odskočna daska gdje je glavni hit Psycho Killer keskese ih digao u poznatije vode.
Excellent instrumentation and some really fun tracks. Vocals aren't my cup of tea, though.
God bless David Byrne and his weird pop music. This one for me, it's all just a lead up to Psycho Killer, but it's also a bunch of happy-sounding pop with weird darkness under it, so I'm game.
It was OK. Though, to be fair, this isn't the first time I've given Talking Heads a shot. They're kinda not my jam. That's cool though. I see what people see in them.
Exactly what youd expect from the Talking Heads, relatively enjoyable.
Never listened to the Talking Heads outside of the hits.
Kinda good and enjoyable. Easy to listen to.
3/5 would be less if Psycho Killer wasn’t on it
Other then psycho killer, the album was pretty average.
I expected much more from this. They've so many great songs that I figured their debut must have been a banger but most of the songs were just....meh. And a couple I never want to hear again - Uh-oh Love with the Carribbean steelpan sound, or Tentative Decisions with the soldier rat-a-tat drum. But David Byrne's voice goes a long way, and it's interesting to listen to their first album knowing what's to come. Just not interesting enough for me to listen to again.
Sozzy is going to hate me for this but 3 stars. It’s not their best work hence only one of the songs appearing on the “Stop Making Sense” set. Their sound hasn’t matured into their iconic “banger factory” just yet in this album. Psycho Killer aside of course.
eh - exactly what I expected from the Talking Heads
This is absolute gold. I love his voice and love how you can hear every lyric, it cuts through. And he does some really interesting quirky sounds in his voice. he just drops them in there. However you can tell its early talking heads and a lot of the songs sound very similar
Fun album. Clearly influenced a lot of what came out in the 80's.
Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Psycho killer, Sugar on my tongue
Kind of an average album. Talking Heads haven't really hit their stride yet. Highlights: 1, 2, 5, 8, and 10.
that one single is okay
Love their reggae/dub influence
Hat zu wenig von dem was ich an den Talking Heads wirklich mag: den zwingenden Groove. Dafür mehr artsy Hysterie wie in Who Is It? und letztlich auch dem Hit, Psycho Killer. Mag wiederum das krautige in My Compassion und frage mich sowieso, wann hier mal die großen Kraut-Alben auftauchen in der Liste? Hallo? Es wird Zeit! Als Fazit jedenfalls: ist ok, perfektes Handwerk und so, würde mich aber noch nicht zum Fan machen.
Good, mix of tracks, yeah ok.
I feel like I would have enjoyed this album more if I was a university student in the late 70s. The album would have sounded fresh and new and doing all kinds of things never heard before. But now, more than 40 decades on, there is so much baggage. Case in point, as dope as "Psycho Killer" is, the song was ruined for me when a fellow told me about how he and his friends would always sing "psycho chicken" and how hilarious that was. Also, as far as Talking Heads albums goes, surely Stop Making Sense is better?
First ever Talking Heads album for me, even though I've listened to Psycho Killer a billion times. Still not sure if I love or hate David Byrnes vocals, but I found myself enjoying it anyway. Love -> Building On Fire was a fave.
Absolute Bops with absolutely terrible lyrics
Was good, but not good enough for me to really remember the music at the time of writing this review
Not my favorite talking heads album but has some good songs
It's ok but a bit too hysterical at times. Some classics of course though.
I still like Talking Heads and David Byrne. This is their weakest album by far. It’s really hard to fully experience the “punk rebellion” of certain albums when you’re too separated from what they were upending (70s pop, in this case). I realize that our kids won’t really see some of our music as revolutionary for the same reason.
Very different to Remain In Light and that's perfectly fine. I liked it.
Psychokiller what a banger
Talking Heads 77 It's like, really groovy? Nice guitar riffs. Lyrics make no sense. Kitschy songs like Don't Worry about the government is meh Highlight songs: The book I read, Psycho Killer
It was OK. Not really into this sort of stuff usually. Was heading for two stars but I spent most of Sunday singing Psycho Killer so I'm going to say its sneaked a three.
Typical Talking Heads sound. Quite enjoyable for a Sunday afternoon. 3*
Ik zie wel kwaliteit er in maar het is niet iets voor mij. te oud
Slightly on the repetitive side, but with such fun, spontaneous energy on each track that’s hardly a problem. The instrumentation could be a bit more varied on each track, but for its time this LP still shines.
This one is pretty good. Lots of good songs. Good guitar playing. There's really not much to say, its another generic 70s/80s rock album
End and flows nicely, some great tracks on this and some average one but overall a really good record that I would revisit
nothing to write home about
Psycho Killer is an absolute hit. The rest of the songs are alright. It is better than a 3 but not a 4.
As offbeat as I expected from Talking Heads. (Psycho Killer yelling) 5/10
more like 3.5
I found this album easy to listen to, but all the tracks tended to blend into one really long song for me. Other than 'Psycho Killer' which is my favourite from the album, none of them really jumped out at me
Not my favorite Talking Heads. David Byrne’s voice gets a bit old by the end of this. But I do really recommend giving Psycho Killer a listen.
Gave up halfway through. Just not my thing. Liked Psycho Killer.
The finest day I ever had was when I realized I don't have to like Talking Heads.
Better than I remember, but quite repetitive
Love Talking Heads, some decent listening on here with a couple of classics
Quite enjoyable, half of the songs are good to great and the rest are meh. Psycho Killer is a classic, Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town was a great opener and The Book I Read had a smooth groove. Middle of the road for this list.
OK - nothing amazing, was never that bothered about them and this doesn't change things
Está "Psycho Killer" y ya está. Eso justifica este disco entero. También me gustó "Don't worry about the government" y en general se deja escuchar todo pero quedan eclipsadas por el temazo.
I love David Byrne and talking heads but this is one of the lesser albums of the band. Still good and psycho killer is still great but the later albums are much better
Pretty good, definitely a nice, different sound. Really interesting sound, but no really great songs (don't love Psycho Killer).
Solid art-punk, new wave, dance rock, 70’er
Enjoyable enough but pales in comparison to some of their 80s work.
Слова песен в этом альбоме достаточно простые, почти все о любви. Музыка - совсем не мое, но хорошо звучит. 3/5.
reminds me of halloween for some reason
Not a fan, maybe this is for people that listen more.
I liked this album less than remain in light.
Wacky weird fun. Talking Heads are one of those bands you like but don't know why. Well worth a listen.
Most of this album was pretty meh to me. It picked up a bit in the second half, and psycho killer is a banger, but overall not super into it.
A good band, not exactly the music that enchant me but w/good songs.
Has the Talking Heads quirkiness but lacks the exploration from post-pun/funk into the African rhythms that makes their 'Remain in Light' absolutely fantastic. Additionally, while it is a lyrically interesting album, it doesn't have the diversity of Remain in Light and therefore ultimately, it is just a decently good album.
Nice, I though I was not going to like it but it was good
Inventive and interesting but too fraught for my taste.
One of the favourite albums of my ‘20’s. “Psycho Killer” remains magnificent but I’m afraid much of the rest hasn’t aged well.
Not their best
Nice background noise. Like Cake, this guy can't really sing, but talks fast and makes it work with the music.
Psycho killer uitblinkertje
Não é muito do que costumo ouvir
Ganska tamt förutom Psycho Killer och Pulled Up...
ugh man idk idk idk it's like fine maybe david byrne's voice annoys me tho
Ok, one great song. Mostly forgettable.
Good songs: 9 “First Week/Last Week.....Carefree”
Byrnes hektisch-histrionischer Gesang geht mir hart auf die Eier und wird zum Ende der Platte immer unerträglicher. Ich kannte (und schätzte) von den TH bislang nur Once in a Lifetime, dieses Album macht keine größere Lust, sich tiefer mit dem Œvre der TH zu beschäftigen, obwohl einige Sounds und Arrangements zugegebenermaßen ganz reizvoll klingen. Auf keinen Fall mehr als 2 Sterne.
Tuttua Talking Headsia. Tällä kertaa Enottomana ja ehkä vähän vähemmän taiteellisena. Ei tämä kyllä silti edelleenkään iske yhtään. Laulajan ääni ärsyttää, musiikki on mitäänsanomatonta ja yleisesti koko levy jäi vaan aivan taustamölinäksi. Ei ykkönen mutta ei kyllä lähellekään kolmonenkaan.
2.5 | Pues el disco me decepcionó bastante: me gusta mucho la de "saicoquiler quesque cé" y esperaba más rolas así de interesantes, pero veo que en realidad ese es el clímax del disco (y la primera que grabaron) y el resto suenan casi como refritos de la misma. No es que sea malo, pero solo una canción brilla realmente y el resto tienen apenas sus pequeños detalles. Insisto, "I Feel It in My Heart", que viene en las rolas extras empieza igualita a "Silly Love Songs" de McCartney que salió un año antes.
I understand the context of the album, but I found it boring and uninspired.
Was alright. Psycho Killer obviously the brightest spot on the album but if you like the lead singer's voice you'll love the album
I was so excited to listen to talking heads, but my excitement quickly turned to disappointment. This is one of the talking heads albums I haven't heard, and I don't think I was missing much, compared to their other work, this is pretty boring. There's actually something very annoying and repetitive about these songs, it was kind of hard to listen to. This album just really didn't have anything that made their later work so great. I could see that they had some interesting ideas but it was seriously just so boring. I respect the band and I know they're capable of better, so maybe I'm just being extra harsh on this. I'm gonna go listen to remain in light.
Finally! An album that ends strong. In fact, this one ends so strong that the last two songs are really the only true highlights for me. There’s something David Byrne does with his voice where he just about reaches the point of screaming that I absolutely love. Sadly, there are about nine other things he does with his voice that I have come to understand that I will just never fully appreciate. Frequently, he does all 9 of these things in a single song and it kinda drives me mad. It makes me think that if you were friends with David Byrne when he was 19 you’d tell your other friends, “David’s cool. Super talented. I just wish he’d tone it down a bit, ya know?” I don’t know. I think this will always be one of those bands that I want to like more than I actually like. Them and Winger.
Til tross for Psycho Killer, så blir dette kjedelige greier imo :(
L’album bipolaire, les 5 premières tounes oufff j’angoissais noir tellement c’était faible. Mais J’ai bien été recompensé par ma patience, quelque bijoux en fin d’album Je l’évite les 5 premières tounes de la pur scrap, j’ai failli abandonner, mais j’avais tougher pour Abba Je lévite: No compassion & the book i read
Maybe it’s because we had some really great albums and also some huge stinkers this week, but this album didn’t feel like anything special. I did like Psycho Killer which I’ve heard somewhere before but the rest of the songs felt very off beat and abrupt in the way the guitars cut. The singing was a little off as well but I know the Talking Heads meant well. Their album cover is bland and kind of sums up the album itself. It isn’t bad, per se, but I was not a huge fan of this one.
With the exception of Psycho Killer, Talking Heads' albums fail to uplift me. Their "best of" is another story.
Hm, hier hatte ich mehr Funkines erwartet, den Psychokiller liebe ich, der Rest ist irgendwie nicht hängen geblieben.
Meh, not my kinda style 3/5
Psycho killer killed my boner for this album
Loved the steel pan on Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town. Other than that, not my fave. I have heard Psycho Killer before but I'm not really sure why that's the most popular song from this album, seems like nothing special to me.
can’t believe psycho killer was on this mess of an album
A good start but they got a lot better...
I still feel that Byrne repeats himself incessantly. Having said that, this album is better than some of the others.
Hier spielt Byrnes Stimme doch deutlich erste Geige, die Texte gleichauf, da wirkt die Musik kulissenhaft, was mir seltsamer Weise vor allem der Smasher „Psychokiller“ deutlich macht. Der Gesang ist fa-fa-fa-fa- fa- fa-fa-fa-fantastique, die Musik noch im Kühlregal. Bei „The Book I Read“ flirrt es endlich etwas, ja flirrender. Ein selteneres Erlebnis. Noch etwas grün das rote Album 2.3
2/5 sadly nope.
Really bad hahah
I just didn't get it
This opening song is absolutely terrible. I'll just go out on a limb and guess that Psycho Killer is the only listenable song on this album. What do you know...I'm right. This is one and a half stars for me, but I'm feeling generous so I'll round up.
Disco muy plano para mi gusto, la voz de David Byrne esta muy ensima de todo el resto, además ese 'falso falsete' puede ser simpatico al principio pero resuta bastante irritanta llegando al final del disco. No lo volveria a escuchar.
It's got the Talking Heads sound, but I liked it far less than Fear of Music. Compositions were a bit sparse for me. Looking forward to see if Remain in Light breaks the tie.
Did nothing for me
Couldn't get into it, psycho killers is a tune though
Am I one of few that think this band is a tad overrated? I have delved into their back catalogue in the past and always feel a tad underwhelmed. Really did give this album a chance but I find a lot of their melodies jarring and musicianship in the main is nothing special. I can’t get onboard with Byrne’s voice on this album. I’m sorry , but I can’t. Having said that, I did like ‘Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town’ ‘No Compassion’ & obviously ‘Pyscho Killer’ the latter being aware of before. Some of the tracks to me are awful though- ‘Who Is It’ especially- just a load of bollocks. I really want to like this band- I just don’t based on what I heard so far.
Best Song: The Book I Read. Romantic in that creepy vibe that the Talking Heads give off. Worst Song: Psycho Killer (Acoustic). It isn't terrible, but why is the song twice on the same album? They didn't even put the repetition at the end? Overall: It really just feels like more of the same of this pop punk, alternative rock. Never seems to put any gusto behind any of the songs. Feels like a slightly better version of the B52s.
03/14/2022 Maybe my expectations were too high for this. Psycho Killer is nice, tho.
Honestly, music was dope, but hate the vocals, makes me wanna rip my ears out
Satunnaisia hyviä hetkiä, mutta vastapainona välillä menee ärsyttävyyskynnyksenkin yli. Yleiskuva vaisu.
Not for me at all
Si ya los Talking Heads me gustan poco, este disco de la banda sin pulir me resulta Infumable.
It was eh
1001 songs and they're all 70-80's bollocks, clearly a very specific persons late teens and 20's, not my jam at all.
I did not enjoy it.
Just wasn’t my taste
1/10 didn’t like
Nothing about this band and especially this album appeals to me. Weird dance breaks with the sax, the fa-fa-fa chorus, nonsensical lyrics. Am I supposed to find it entertaining? clever? pleasant to listen to? It's none of those things. Best track: Psycho Killer, I guess. Says more about the rest of the album than anything else