Showing posts with label Talking Heads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Talking Heads. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 March 2010

And she was - Talking Heads

'And she was' was a track on the 1985 Talking Heads album 'Little creatures'. The song was written by David Byrne. According to him, the song was written about a girl he knew who used to take LSD in a field next to a Yoo-hoo beverage factory in Baltimore, Maryland.

The single reached number 54 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 in the UK singles chart. It was the band's last hit single in the Netherlands, peaking at number 25.

My collection: 7" single no. 4666
Found: All that music, Leiden, March 13, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'And she was' / 'Perfect world'

Monday, 9 March 2009

Once in a lifetime - Talking Heads

'Once in a Lifetime' was taken from the fourth album by Talking Heads, 'Remain in Light'. It was written by David Byrne and Brian Eno. The lyric has a rather existential vibe to it, although it is usually interpreted to be a song dealing with midlife crisis and the inevitable sacrifice of youthful ideals and dreams for conventional success.

In 1981, the single peaked at number 28 in the Netherlands and number 14 in the UK. In 1985, the single was re-released as part of the promotion of the concert film Stop Making Sense. It didn't chart in the UK, but made number 29 in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 2946
Found: Record fair, Leiden, January 31, 1998
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Once in a lifetime' / 'Seen and not seen'

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Road to nowhere - Talking Heads

Talking Heads had a worldwide hit with 'Road to nowhere' in 1985, at a time where music videos became increasingly important for chart success. The video to promote this single was a clever piece of work, with lots of shots in different environments. The video was shown on TV so often and the song played on the radio even more, that I got totally bored with the song.

Still, ten years later, it was a pleasant surprise when my friend Puck showed up with a copy of this single and gave it to me. It was a nice present, filling a gap in my collection of Talking Heads singles.

My collection: 7" single no. 2159
Found: Den Haag (present)
Cost: nothing
Tracks: 'Road to nowhere' / 'Television man'

Thursday, 29 January 2009

The lady don't mind - Talking heads

'The lady don't mind' was the last single released by the Talking Heads before their hugely successful 'Road to nowhere'. In the summer of 1985, this single reached number 13 in the Dutch Top 40, whereas it didn't chart in the UK.

'Little creatures', the album where this single was drawn from, was released in 1985 as well. It was Talking Heads' sixth album. 'The lady don't mind' was the only track on the album written and composed by the entire band.

My collection: 7" single no. 313
Found: LP Top 100, Den Haag, 1985
Cost: 5,5 guilders
Tracks: 'The lady don't mind' / 'Give me back my name'
Download: Album 'Little creatures', including both tracks
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