Talking Heads 77 (Deluxe Version)
Part of New York punk's legendary first wave, Talking Heads upended pop music's conventions by twisting its rhythms, scrambling its lyrics, and adding a refreshing dose of weirdness. Their debut, Talking Heads 77, took an avant-garde art sensibility and applied it to bubblegum rock and old-school funk. The results cook with skewed genius. Drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth keep a tight grip on the beat, while Jerry Harrison provides flavorful keyboard filigrees. Singer/guitarist David Byrne is the Head who speaks loudest - his edgy vocal tics, along with his slinky guitar lines, define the band's mystique. This album's highlights include the frisky "Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town," the nervously reassuring "Don't Worry About the Government", and the desperately cheerful "Pulled Up." The most famous track is "Psycho Killer," Byrne's oddly sympathetic portrait of "a real live wire." Smart, danceable and a little demented, 77 is a joyfully jittery experience.