Little Creatures

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This article is about the Talking Heads album. For the Australian brewery, see Little Creatures Brewery.
Little Creatures
Studio album by Talking Heads
Released June 10, 1985
Recorded October 1984 – March 1985 at Sigma Sound, New York
Genre New wave, pop,[1] art punk
Length 38:38
Label Warner Bros./Sire (US/Canada)
EMI (UK/Europe)
Producer Talking Heads
Talking Heads chronology
Stop Making Sense
(1984)
Little Creatures
(1985)
True Stories
(1986)
Singles from Little Creatures
  1. "The Lady Don't Mind"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Road to Nowhere"
    Released: 1985
  3. "And She Was"
    Released: 1985

Little Creatures is the sixth studio album by the American new wave band Talking Heads, released in June 1985. The album examines themes of Americana and incorporates elements of country music, with many of the songs featuring steel guitar. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and is the band's biggest-selling studio album, with over two million copies sold in the US.

The cover art was created by outsider artist Howard Finster, and was selected as album cover of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2005, it was remastered and re-released by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with three bonus tracks on the CD side (early versions of "Road To Nowhere" and "And She Was" and an extended mix of "Television Man"). The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and the videos of "And She Was" and "Road to Nowhere." In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (A) link
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Byrne, except where noted.

  1. "And She Was" – 3:36
  2. "Give Me Back My Name" (Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth) – 3:20
  3. "Creatures of Love" – 4:12
  4. "The Lady Don't Mind" (Byrne, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth) – 4:03
  5. "Perfect World" (Byrne, Frantz) – 4:26
  6. "Stay Up Late" – 3:51
  7. "Walk It Down" – 4:42
  8. "Television Man" – 6:10
  9. "Road to Nowhere" (Byrne, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth) – 4:19
Bonus tracks
  1. "Road to Nowhere" (Early version) [Re-release bonus track]
  2. "And She Was" (Early version) [Re-release bonus track]
  3. "Television Man" (Extended mix) [Re-release bonus track]

Personnel[edit]

Talking Heads[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Ellen Bernfeld – backing vocals on "Perfect World" and "Walk It Down"
  • Andrew Cader – washboard on "Road to Nowhere"
  • Erin Dickens – backing vocals on "Television Man" and "Road to Nowhere"
  • Diva Gray – backing vocals on "Road to Nowhere"
  • Gordon Grody – backing vocals
  • Lani Groves – backing vocals
  • Jimmy Macdonell – accordion on "Road to Nowhere"
  • Lenny Pickettsaxophones
  • Steve Scales – percussion
  • Naná Vasconcelos – percussion on "Perfect World"
  • Eric Weissbergsteel guitar on "Creatures of Love" and "Walk It Down"
  • Kurt Yahijian – backing vocals

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Jack Skinner – mastering
  • Eric Thorngren – engineer, mixing
  • Melanie West – second engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1985 Billboard 200 20
UK Albums 10
German Albums 9
Australian Albums 2
Singles
Year Song Peak
US UK
1985 "The Lady Don't Mind" 81
1985 "Road To Nowhere" 105 6
1985 "And She Was" 54 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/little-creatures-mw0000191997