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Talking Heads

(1975-1991)
Talking Heads
David Byrne (vocals, guitar)
Jerry Harrison (guitar, keyboards)
Tina Weymouth (bass)
Chris Frantz (drums)

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Byrne, Frantz, and Weymouth all attended the Rhode Island School Of Design.
Frantz and Weymouth are married. They still record and perform with The Tom Tom Club, which started out as a side project while they were with The Talking Heads.
Harrison graduated from Harvard.
"Talking Head" is a television term for a person, usually a newscaster, speaking on camera.
There is no "The" in the name of the band. It is simply Talking Heads.
The famous Oxford band Radiohead got their name from a Talking Heads' song. They were previously called On A Friday. (thanks, Sebastian - Mt. Vernon, NY)

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Comments:

Ted, the band split, according to Tina, because David wanted to do it all himself and get all the glory, so to speak. Talented and visionary as Byrne is he still fell victim to the same problem that Eddie Van Halen attributed the breakup of the original Van Halen lineup to, a galloping case of LSD - Lead Singer's Disease.

Chris, Jerry may've been late to the dance but he was the one who produced the band's albums and tours. The backup singers and musicians you see in "Stop Making Sense" were uncredited members of the band, meaning they played on the band's albums and toured with them - but were credited as accompanying musicians despite being such a big part of the band's success.
- Shell, Riverdale, GA
I don't care what anyone says, PSYCHO KILLER is the best song by Talking Heads. The rest of their music is good too, but nothing beats PSYCHO KILLER.
- Naioka, Sptsyltuckey, VA
"And She Was" is an awesome tune.
- K, Toronto, Canada
These guys are just awesome.
- Jonathon, Clermont, FL
I was flying first class to Lndon one time in 1992, and found myself sitting next to Symore Stein, the founder of Sire records. I asked him about all the Sire stable of artists, including the Heads. He said, "I was going downtown one Thursday nite, and decided to stop by CBGB's before heading to another club, and I get out of the cab, and the only thing I hear coming out of the front door of CBGB's is this guy screatching "I got two loves, and they go tweet tweet tweet like little birds" and I say, what is that? I go inside and I see these preppy kids on stage playing away. They were unique and very talented, so I approached them after the set, and by the next morning we were under contract""

I also asked him about the Smiths, said what one would expect, Morrissey was very talented, but a bummer.

I asked him (in 1992) who was the smartest person he had met in the music industry? Without hesitating one second, he said, "thats easy....Madonna" "She knows where every cent goes, and always did. Very smart, and a very astute manager. Obviously talented. I signed her and we put out her first single on Sire....Holiday"
- Jay, scottsdale, AZ
I thought Jerry was just there, like Chester and Daryl w/ Genesis, never actually a memeber but toured and appeared in videos.
- chris, frederick, MD
Talking Heads all got started with David and Chris forming the band 'The Artistics'. Tina joined the band slightly later, and before they actually went to stage they changed their name to Talking Heads. Jerry Harrison joined the band after the first single was released. None of the former band members ever gave a clear explanation for the band's split, in public, but it had to do with a lot of arguing during the last tours and different musical ideas.
- Ted, Loveland, CO
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