Girlfriend Is Better

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"Girlfriend Is Better (Live)"
Girlfriend Is Better.jpg
UK vinyl edition
Single by Talking Heads
from the album Stop Making Sense
B-side"Once in a Lifetime"
RecordedDecember 1983
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
GenreNew wave, funk
LabelSire/Warner Bros
Songwriter(s)David Byrne
Producer(s)Talking Heads
Talking Heads singles chronology
"Slippery People (Live)"
"Girlfriend Is Better (Live)"
"The Lady Don't Mind"

"Girlfriend Is Better" is a 1984 song by new wave band Talking Heads, from their fifth studio album Speaking in Tongues. The song's single version was a live version from the soundtrack of their 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. The film's title comes from a lyric in the song.

Rolling Stone's David Fricke described the song: "On the surface, 'Girlfriend Is Better' is a brassy, straightforward bump number sparked by Byrne's animated bragging ... and by the kind of rapid, zizagging synth squeals so common on rap and funk records. But the edgy paranoia smoldering underneath ... is colorfully articulated by guitar and percussion figures that burble along in a fatback echo, sounding like a sink backing up."[1]


Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 59
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 21
UK Singles Chart[4] 99


  1. ^ Fricke, David (June 9, 1983). "Talking Heads' Arty Party". Rolling Stone (397): 52. Retrieved February 4, 2016. Note: The online version of the review retains most of the text of the original print edition, but omits the title.
  2. ^ "Discography Talking Heads". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Discography Talking Heads". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  4. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Talking Heads". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 August 2011.

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