Their blend of funk, minimalism and polyrhythmic world beats articulated the strangeness and anxiety of modern times. The bass was pumped by a moppet who stared from fretboard to stage front through doleful eyes and blond bangs. The drum kit was pounded by a tousle-haired boy in a rugby shirt, whose unflinching ear-to-ear grin could be spied just above the hi-hat. Up front, the wiry singer pulsed in place. His guitar swung from his neck like a noose; his resemblance to Tony Perkins only added to the menace. The trio could have been dropped from an alien aircraft, or taken a hard left off the Yellow Brick Road. This website uses cookie data.
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Described by the critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s,"  the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punk , art rock , funk , and world music with avant-garde sensibilities and an anxious, clean-cut image. Former art school students who became involved in the s New York punk scene , Talking Heads released their debut album, Talking Heads: 77 , to positive reviews. The Artistics dissolved the following year, and the three moved to New York City, eventually sharing a communal loft. Frantz encouraged Weymouth to learn to play bass by listening to Suzi Quatro albums. It fit. However, they drew a following and signed to Sire Records in November In March , they added Jerry Harrison , formerly of Jonathan Richman 's band the Modern Lovers , on keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals. The first Talking Heads album, Talking Heads: 77 , received acclaim and produced their first charting single, " Psycho Killer ". Eno's unusual style meshed with the group's artistic sensibilities, and they began to explore an increasingly diverse range of musical directions, from post-punk to psychedelic funk to African music. The collaboration continued with Fear of Music , with the darker stylings of post-punk rock, mixed with white funkadelia and subliminal references to the geopolitical instability of the late s.
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