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Talking Heads 77

Talking Heads

1977

Talking Heads 77

Album Summary

Talking Heads: 77 is the debut studio album by American rock band Talking Heads. It was recorded in April 1977 at New York's Sundragon Studios and released on September 16 of that year by Sire Records. The single "Psycho Killer" reached number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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3.57

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5579

Genres

  • Post Punk
  • New Wave
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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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!!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

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.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

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.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

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.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

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.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

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.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
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.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

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.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

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.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
1

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
1

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.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

The style, substance and musicality of this record... brilliant!

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Thu Sep 03 2020
5

Fantastic

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Thu Nov 05 2020
5

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.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

I absolutely love this

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

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.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

A favorite!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Cool album lots of interesting sounding songs

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Already one of my favorite albums. Great start!

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Yet another wicked album- classic psycho killer track but upbeat vibes on the whole album. Love it

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Imprescindible para entender la música post punk y el arribo de la música pop moderna

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

LOVED

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Guay. Sus canciones parecidas a Bowie. Suenan muy parecidas a Phsyco Killer.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Fun listen

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

A classic and stands the test of time, maybe even improved with age

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Q. What does Shack eat for supper? A. Lamb Chops!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

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.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

My favorite talking heads album

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Great

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

fodasticoo

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

a classic and awesoeme debut

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

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.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

really amazing album, great cohesion and songwriting. their music only gets better after this point

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

"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

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

pulll me uppp

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Goed album. Niet verwacht dat ik alle nummers zo tof zou vinden.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

BONISSIM!!

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Decided I’m a guy who really likes Talking Heads now, saved to my albums

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Had forgotten how good this album was

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

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

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Classic album. I need some Talking Heads vinyl stat. I love the guitar work in particular.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

timelss, great album

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

Great debut

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Psycho Killer made me rethink the kind of music that I considered "my music"

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

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.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

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

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

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.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Post-punk masterpiece

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

i don't have time to write this but it was fun lol

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

4/5. Heard it before but a few great tracks on this debut. Kayleigh and Andy did karaoke to Psycho Killer.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
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!

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

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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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

et af deres bedste

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Do they make bad songs? Weird, poppy, angular (again), bouncy.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Great great sound. David Byrne is a amazing.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Absolutely

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

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.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Love it!

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

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!

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

5 star +++ Absolute whopper debut album. Cover art 5/5 iconic

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Great album

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Great voice, tunes and all round fab album!

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Wow, it's like a chiller version of Stop Making Sense

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

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.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Their third best album Insane basslines throughout

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Fri May 06 2022
5

The older I get, the more I love the Talking Heads. Everything Talking Heads.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

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

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Really enjoyed this album! It was so good.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

"Psycho Killer, qu'est-ce que c'est ? Pa pa pa paaa pa pa pa paaaa pa pa !" No band ever sounded like the Talking Heads. Originally I was not a *huge* fan--I only knew them through the compilation "Popular Favorites", and also their 1980 masterpiece, "Remain In Light". But since those days, I understood two things: a) Minus stuff on the level of " Once In A Lifetime" or "Psycho Killer", I finally understood that their so-called "popular favorites" are *mostly* NOT among my favorite tracks of theirs. Case in point here, the two first songs of this record, which I absolutely love (and yet were absent from this compilation I mentioned earlier...) b) No compilation, even one as comprehensive as it can reasonably be, can do justice to what the Heads do so brilliantly in their individual records (especially the first four of them). Some tracks take on a different meaning overall during the flow of these individual albums. ALL the songs are adventurous affairs with bold arrangements. And David Byrne can be an impressive storyteller sometimes... Consequently, I now get how this first record of theirs must have been a shock for rock (and punk) fans. This one here is interesting because it predates Brian Eno's involvement with the band. The overall sound is more direct, rawer, which brings a charm that's different from their later output. There's still that influence from protopunk bands such as The Modern Lovers (logical since the two bands had the same second guitarist). To put this in a nutshell, this record is worthy of its legendary status, Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 889 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 59 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 24

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Very inventive and almost camp vocals from David Byrne’s iconic voice mixed with funky r&b, pop and even disco influence. Love child of almost all popular genre’s at the time. I feel as though they didnt take themselves too seriously and it shows on this album. Funky concepts, nonsensical lyrics, and a primal voice makes this album feel fun and inviting. Something to listen to when upset to lift your spirits. Favorite Songs: New Feeling, The Book I Read, Psycho Killer Album Art: its alright, just a plain red background with a contrasting colored title. Simple but gets the job done.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

мне очень нравились говорящие головы после фильма женщины двадцатого века (который я очень любила, да и сейчас бы с удовольствием пересмотрела, наверное). один из главных героев слушал их, и пара песен входила в саундтрек (их собственно я и слушала). ну и, конечно, один из любимых моментов в истории кино - саша горч в "лете" поет сайко киллер... а еще элио из кол ми бай ё нэйм ходил в футболке с обложкой одного из альбомов!.. короче, давно уже я должна была слушать на постоянке говорящие головы, но вот только сейчас норм альбом послушала (спасибо альбомный генератор).. короче: альбом суперский, хочу его в саундтрек моей жизни (да-да, ничего нормального про саму музыку я писать не буду, тока эмоции, тока постпанк)

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Amazing, not the first time listening to it, but definitely a timeless classic

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Brilliant debut. They went on to make better albums but what a first effort. Nobody does rhythms like David Byrne.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Great album.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Happy 45th birthday, 77!

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Another classic album from the best band tbat features in the 1001 album list.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Pretty solid album

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

An excellent album with some great songs. And Psycho Killer is phenomenal, I may have given this album 5 just for that one songX luckily, the rest of the album is super strong. David Byrne is the type of artist that people like Bjork wished they were.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

epic

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

In the tracklist of this debut record there are only masterpieces. More than impressive band and music!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

No one like them, literally

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Now on our third Talking Heads album for this project. Other than Psycho Killer, I don’t recall having heard anything on this album before. On the first listen I was less enthusiastic about this, but then on my second and third listens fell in love with this expectedly weird and quirky ride. So much so that I went back and listened to the Deluxe version with 5 extra songs. Those are great additions to a great album! Psycho Killer acoustic is amazing with that cello!

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

It starts with Tina's bass. It's direct, primitive, a heartbeat. There's an irresistible brew of jagged, danceable tunes with David's voice over the top. He should be irritating but he's not. This is possibly their weakest album yet it's an easy 5. This album came out when I was 17 but I didn't discover it until I was 57.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Molto bello, mi piacciono tutti i brani.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Yeah, good

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Tue Sep 08 2020
4

banger

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

favourites: love>building on fire, uh oh love comes to town, new feeling, psycho killer

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Feel like I’m going to have heard their entire discography by the time we’re done here. I’m not complaining though

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Tue Nov 17 2020
4

Great

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Thu Dec 24 2020
4

Great record!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Wasn’t the best talking heads album but psycho killer is a great song

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

I mean psycho killer, that alone gives this 3

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Really into this! I already knew Psycho Killer was great, but the rest is really catchy rock as well. Kind of whimsical too.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Psyhco Album!

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Very cool album, keeps it interesting Gotta love psycho killer

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Fun

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Very nice record, I liked the guitars a lot

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Optimistic, nice to listen to

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

I listened four times through. Really great.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Really funky, my favorite talking heads album I’ve heard

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

This has everything. Steel drums. Great guitar riffs. Top hot of the Talking Heads. Great 1st album.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

i really enjoyed this album. it was very funky

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Anything by the Talking Heads is always a good time. A solid debut album.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Amazing album. 8-9/10 1. Pulled Up 2. Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town 3. Psycho Killer

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Wasn't sure at first, but warmed up to it by the end. 4*

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Loved the funkiness of the melodies. Whether it was the vocal line or the guitar line, there was always something fun happening.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

The first and last songs are great! Everything else is just okay. I guess it's enough to earn 4 stars.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

4.2 *

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

4 wegen Psycho Killer

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

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

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Tip top stuff! Much better than the other Talking Heads album so far encountered. Their best album? I should say so!

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

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.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Was gonna go 3 but ends on a big high

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

An odd vibe just like Man Man. I'd have to be in an unusual mood, but it is fun. Includes Psycho Killer.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

2nd Talking heads album, and only a week in

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Great

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Goooood stuff

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

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. 

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Most excellent.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Love this. Never heard it before. I'm a fan. Made me feel very productive!

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Groundbreaking.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Ganska bra! Psychokiller är mmm bra

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

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!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

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

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Really enjoyed this journey! Wasn’t familiar with much of their work outside of the big singles

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Really good! Loved the music

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Very good.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Lovely smooth bass and thoroughly enjoyable album.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

byrne's lyrics can be super lame, but they can be excusable when the song rules. great album.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Not as wild and interesting as some of their later stuff but still a very good record and a great debut

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Cool album

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Enjoyed it

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I like the Talking Heads, but only in small doses. It does have Psycho Killer, so that’s a plus.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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!

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Mon May 17 2021
4

3.5

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Bumping.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

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"

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

classic

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Album clave que marca muy perfectamente el paso del punk al new wave.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

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.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

I'd say a good ole classic talking heads album, take my 4 stars!

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

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.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

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.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Fuck yeah! Super fun and deep, a little more melodic than I'm used to from them too, which was good

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

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 🌟

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Love the revisit this is a favorite of my parents

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

77

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

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.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Muy buen disco. Psychokiller excelente

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

"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.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Classic.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

One of the classic debut albums

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Rock new wave un tanto monótono. Un megahit.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Only 4 stars because they made even better albums later

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

They hadn’t quite found their sound yet on this album. Still a great performance from David Byrne with some classic songs. 8/10

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

7/10. Pretty good, but the way they sing grates on me after a while.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

8. I like the talking heads, but not their best album

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

7/10 interesting album! Not as good as I would’ve hoped but the singles were solid standouts .

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

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.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

This album fucks. Very fun and really interesting to listen to. Not a background music type of sound at all

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

psycho killer & sugar on my tongue push this to a 4

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Thu Oct 28 2021
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).

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

3.5, not sure on 3 vs 4...

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Tue Nov 02 2021
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.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Psycho killer bop

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Great record, Psycho Killer is an all-time fave

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

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.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

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.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Super clean guitars, unexpected harmonies

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I like the upbeat vibes. It got a bit samey after ahwile.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

I liked the vibe and the beats of the songs. I could listen to more of it. not my favorite, but still pretty good.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

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.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

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.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Þvílíkt útálandi unglingafyllerí á fimmtudegi!

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

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

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