More Songs About Buildings and Food is Talking Heads' second album, the first of a string of three co-produced by Brian Eno. The album was significantly more popular than their first, Talking Heads: 77. The band's blend of funky bass, bubblegum, country, reggae and punk influences, with David Byrne's unique voice, established the group as a critical success known for their live shows, but still with disappointing album sales.
Concerning the album's title:
"When we were making this album I remembered this stupid discussion we had about titles for the last album," Tina smirked. "At that time I said, 'What are we gonna call an album that's just about buildings and food?' And Chris said, 'You call it more songs about buildings and food.'"
More Songs About Buildings and Food was released on July 21, 1978. It peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. The album's one single, a cover of the Al Green hit "Take Me to the River", peaked at number 26 on the Pop Singles chart in 1979.
In 2003 the album was ranked number 382 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2006 it was ranked the 45th best album of the 1970s by Pitchfork Media. It was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of 1967-1987.
In 2005 it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros., Sire and Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with four bonus tracks on the CD side ("Stay Hungry" (1977 version), alternate versions of "I'm Not in Love" and "The Big Country", and the 'Country Angel' version of "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel"). 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 videos of the band performing "Found a Job" and "Warning Sign". 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.
Cover Artwork 
The front cover of the album, conceived by Byrne and executed by artist Jimmy De Sana, is a photomosaic of the band comprising 529 close-up Polaroid photographs.
Track listing 
All songs written and composed by David Byrne, except where noted.
||"Thank You for Sending Me an Angel"
||"With Our Love"
||"The Good Thing"
||"Warning Sign" (David Byrne, Chris Frantz)
||"The Girls Want to Be With the Girls"
||"Found a Job"
||"Stay Hungry (1977 Version)" (David Byrne, Chris Frantz)
||"I'm Not in Love (Alternate Version)"
||"The Big Country (Alternate Version)"
||"Thank You for Sending Me an Angel ("Country Angel" Version)"
- Talking Heads
- Additional personnel
- Brian Eno – synthesizers, piano, guitar, percussion, background singing
- Tina & the Typing Pool – backing vocals on "The Good Thing"
- Recording personnel
||Billboard Pop Albums
||"Take Me to the River"
||Billboard Pop Singles
|RIAA – USA
||November 16, 1983