Heaven (Talking Heads song)
|Studio by Talking Heads from the album Fear of Music|
|Released||August 3, 1979|
|Genre||New wave, post-punk, art punk|
|Writer||David Byrne, Jerry Harrison|
|Producer||Brian Eno, Talking Heads|
|Fear of Music track listing|
"Heaven" is a song by the American new wave band Talking Heads from their 1979 album Fear of Music. The song has been called "the calm after their unusual ominous storm" by AllMusic as well as something "psychologists would certainly have a field day with" by journalist Ian Gittins.
Dave Bell, writing for quarterly UK magazine Ceasefire, argued that the song "epitomises "pop as Samuel Beckett might write it: tedious, beautiful and desperate".
- k.d. lang recorded a version of this song with The Siss Boom Bang for their 2011 album Sing It Loud.
- The song was covered by Q Lazzarus and used in the soundtrack of the Jonathan Demme film. Philadelphia. Demme previously directed the Talking Heads' concert film Stop Making Sense, also featuring this song.
- The song was covered by Icehouse frontman Iva Davies.
- The song is frequently played by Widespread Panic during live shows.
- The song is covered live by White Lies.
- Voxtrot does a cover of this song.
- The song appears on Simply Red's 1985 debut album Picture Book.
- Greg Keelor covered this song on his first solo album, Gone.
- Alkaline Trio covered the song on the pre-production demos to their Good Mourning album.
- The band Duels covered this song as a 'Little Monster'.
- In 2004, Eric Burdon played a jazzy version of the song for his album My Secret Life. It was also featured on his live album Athens Traffic Live (2005).
- In 2008, the band Bell X1 covered the song at a session with Paste magazine.
- On the soundtrack to the 2009 film My Sister's Keeper, Jimmy Scott plays a stripped down version of the song. It is also the title track to his 1996 album, "Heaven".
- German musician Joachim Witt released a cover version with German lyrics called "Der Weg in die Ferne (Heaven)" on his album Silberblick in 1980.
- German indie rock band Kolossale Jugend (de:Kolossale Jugend) covered it on their debut album Heile Heile Boches in 1989.
- A solo version of the song was released in 2009 by Paul Dempsey, lead singer and guitarist from Something for Kate.
- The song is played at the conclusion of the 30 for 30 film June 17, 1994.
- "Heaven - Talking Heads", Allmusic.com.
- Gittins, Ian (2004). Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime: The Stories Behind Every Song. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 57. ISBN 9780634080333. Link
- "Deserter’s Songs: A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens". Ceasefire Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- Everyday Companion. Heaven Played List
- "The Vault". Voxtrot.net. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- Dave Nathan (1996-09-24). "Heaven - Little Jimmy Scott | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-27.