Jan 7, 2015

RhoDeo 1501 Aetix

Hello, well there's been a big Talking Heads posting earlier October 2006, damn yes that's more than 8 years ago and although the posting was kept alive for a long time, it's been dodo for sometime too. Files at the time couldn't be larger than a 100mb... yes that old. Anyway it will be flac and ogg 9 to choose from this time...

The new wave style of today's Aetix band combined elements of punk rock, art rock, funk, avant-garde, pop music, world music, and Americana. Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed neurotic, whimsical lyrics to the band's songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances. They were described as being "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits." In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.....N'Joy

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At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits. While some of their music can seem too self-consciously experimental, clever, and intellectual for its own good, at their best Talking Heads represent everything good about art-school punks.

And they were literally art-school punks. Guitarist/vocalist David Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz, and bassist Tina Weymouth met at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early '70s; they decided to move to New York in 1974 to concentrate on making music. The next year, the band won a spot opening for the Ramones at the seminal New York punk club CBGB. In 1976, keyboardist Jerry Harrison, a former member of Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers, was added to the lineup. By 1977, the band had signed to Sire Records and released its first album, Talking Heads: 77. It received a considerable amount of acclaim for its stripped-down rock & roll, particularly Byrne's geeky, overly intellectual lyrics and uncomfortable, jerky vocals.

For their next album, 1978's More Songs About Buildings and Food, the band worked with producer Brian Eno, recording a set of carefully constructed, arty pop songs, distinguished by extensive experimenting with combined acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as touches of surprisingly credible funk. On their next album, the Eno-produced Fear of Music, Talking Heads began to rely heavily on their rhythm section, adding flourishes of African-styled polyrhythms. This approach came to a full fruition with 1980's Remain in Light, which was again produced by Eno. Talking Heads added several sidemen, including a horn section, leaving them free to explore their dense amalgam of African percussion, funk bass and keyboards, pop songs, and electronics.

After a long tour, the band concentrated on solo projects for a couple of years. By the time of 1983's Speaking in Tongues, the band had severed its ties with Eno; the result was an album that still relied on the rhythmic innovations of Remain in Light, except within a more rigid pop-song structure. After its release, Talking Heads embarked on another extensive tour, which was captured on the Jonathan Demme-directed concert film Stop Making Sense. After releasing the straightforward pop album Little Creatures in 1985, Byrne directed his first movie, True Stories, the following year; the band's next album featured songs from the film. Two years later, Talking Heads released Naked, which marked a return to their worldbeat explorations, although it sometimes suffered from Byrne's lyrical pretensions.

After its release, Talking Heads were put on "hiatus"; Byrne pursued some solo projects, as did Harrison, and Frantz and Weymouth continued with their side project, Tom Tom Club. In 1991, the band issued an announcement that they had broken up. Shortly thereafter, Harrison's production took off with successful albums by Live and Crash Test Dummies. In 1996, the original lineup minus Byrne reunited for the album No Talking Just Head; Byrne sued Frantz, Weymouth, and Harrison for attempting to record and perform as Talking Heads, so the trio went by the Heads. In 1999, all four worked together to promote a 15th-anniversary edition of Stop Making Sense, and they also performed at the 2002 induction ceremony for their entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through the 2010s, Byrne released a number of solo and collaborative projects. Tom Tom Club continued to tour, while Harrison produced albums for the likes of No Doubt, the Von Bondies, and Hockey.

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The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain in Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain in Light had more words than any previous Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music. David Byrne and his band were in the greatest shape , Brian Eno contributed to the whole and in the field of production , he really did his utmost , many super guests marched over through the whole album , lyrics are sophisticatedly social-political and the music is so dense , intricate and layered , blending art punk and new wave , innovative electronics and world and ethnic elements .

The album's single, "Once in a Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to a striking video, its inclusion in the band's 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, and its second single release (in the live version) because of its use in the 1986 movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, when it became a minor chart entry. Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder. However, despite their artistic developments before or after, 'Remain in Light' truly remains an all time masterpiece of modern American pop music, a very , very unique album !!!

Talking Heads - Remain In Light  (flac 372mb)

01 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 5:46
02 Crosseyed And Painless 4:45
03 The Great Curve 6:26
04 Once In A Lifetime 4:19
05 Houses In Motion 4:30
06 Seen And Not Seen 3:20
07 Listening Wind 4:42
08 The Overload 6:00
Bonus Tracks
09 Fela's Riff (Unfinished Outtake) 5:15
10 Unison (Unfinished Outtake) 4:58
11 Double Groove (Unfinished Outtake) 4:28
12 Right Start (Unfinished Outtake) 4:07

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Talking Heads found a way to open up the dense textures of the music they had developed with Brian Eno on their two previous studio albums for Speaking in Tongues, and were rewarded with their most popular album yet. Ten backup singers and musicians accompanied the original quartet, but somehow the sound was more spacious, and the music admitted aspects of gospel, notably in the call-and-response of "Slippery People," and John Lee Hooker-style blues, on "Swamp." As usual, David Byrne determinedly sang and chanted impressionistic, nonlinear lyrics, sometimes by mix-and-matching clich├ęs ("No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet," he declared on "Burning Down the House," the Heads' first Top Ten hit), and the songs' very lack of clear meaning was itself a lyrical subject. "Still don't make no sense," Byrne admitted in "Making Flippy Floppy," but by the next song, "Girlfriend Is Better," that had become an order -- "Stop making sense," he chanted over and over. Some of his charming goofiness had returned since the overly serious Remain in Light and Fear of Music, however, and the accompanying music, filled with odd percussive and synthesizer sounds, could be unusually light and bouncy. The album closer, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," even sounded hopeful. Well, sort of. Despite their formal power, Talking Heads' preceding two albums seemed to have painted them into a corner, which may be why it took them three years to craft a follow-up, but on Speaking in Tongues, they found an open window and flew out of it.

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues  (flac 379mb)

01 Burning Down The House 4:00
02 Making Flippy Floppy 4:36
03 Girlfriend Is Better 4:25
04 Slippery People 3:30
05 I Get Wild / Wild Gravity 4:06
06 Swamp 5:09
07 Moon Rocks 5:04
08 Pull Up The Roots 5:08
09 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) 4:56
Bonus Tracks
10 Two Note Swivel (Unfinished Outtake) 5:51
11 Burning Down The House (Alternate Version) 5:09

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Although most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there's an earlier, better live album called The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads. Originally released in 1982 on LP and cassette, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise. The first LP is the original quartet version of the band, recorded between 1977 and 1979, performing excellent versions of tunes (mostly) off 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food. Also included were the previously unavailable "A Clean Break" and "Love Goes to a Building on Fire," as well as early versions of "Memories Can't Wait" and "Air." The second LP comes from the Remain in Light tour, recorded in 1980 and 1981. In order to present something close to the music on that album, the original quartet lineup was greatly expanded. Added were two percussionists (Steven Stanley, Jose Rossy), two backup singers (Nona Hendryx, Dollette McDonald), Busta Cherry Jones on bass, Bernie Worrell (!) on keys, and a young Adrian Belew on lead guitar. The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases. "Drugs" gets revamped for live performance, and "Houses in Motion kicks into high gear with a great art-funk coda. Belew is absolutely on fire throughout, especially on "The Great Curve" and "Crosseyed and Painless," where his deranged feedback soloing has never sounded better. At this point in their career, Talking Heads were still basically an underground band; it was "Burning Down the House" that really thrust them into the mainstream, and Stop Making Sense documents their arrival as a more or less mainstream act. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads captures a hungry band on its way up, performing with a fire that was never matched on later tours. Unfortunately, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads remained unavailable on compact disc for years, which is a shame since it's arguably one of their finest releases.

Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (77-79)  (flac 551mb)

01 New Feeling 3:09
02 A Clean Break (Let's Work) 5:05
03 Don't Worry About The Government 3:03
04 Pulled Up 4:04
05 Psycho Killer 5:31
06 Who Is It? 1:44
07 The Book I Read 4:22
08 The Big Country 5:09
09 I'm Not In Love 4:57
10 The Girls Want To Be With The Girls 3:44
11 Electricity (Drugs) 3:28
12 Found A Job 5:35
13 Mind 4:55
14 Artists Only 3:49
15 Stay Hungry 4:05
16 Air 4:01
17 Love -> Building On Fire 3:46
18 Memories (Can't Wait) 3:44
19 Heaven 4:31


Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (80-81)  (flac 546mb)

01 Psycho Killer 5:33
02 Warning Sign 5:39
03 Stay Hungry 3:56
04 Cities 5:00
05 I Zimbra 3:30
06 Drugs (Electricity) 4:41
07 Once In A Lifetime 5:57
08 Animals 4:05
09 Houses In Motion 6:54
10 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 8:24
11 Crosseyed And Painless 5:58
12 Life During Wartime 4:54
13 Take Me To The River 6:33
14 The Great Curve 6:42

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Supersonic75 said...

I agree with you about "The Name of..." and never really got why Byrne didn't want it out on cd. Such a great record. Thanks for post; great records.

Gremlim said...

Could you possibly re-up Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads please

Anonymous said...

Hello Rho,
Could you please re-post and give us some more Heads? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi Chief, I have a pb to download this one: The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (77-79) ?
do you another link?
please, JM

Rho said...

Well JM dozens haven't had a problem downloading this one, so

zeroid said...

Hello Rho, any chance of a reup for Remain In Light. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hello Rho,
The link to The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (80-81) seems to be down.
Could you reupload it?
Thank you for your work!