Houses in Motion

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"Houses in Motion"
Houses in Motion (Talking Heads single - cover art).jpg
Single by Talking Heads
from the album Remain in Light
B-side "Air"
Released 5 May 1981
Format 7", 12"
Recorded July–August 1980
Length 4:33
Label Sire
Songwriter(s) Byrne, Eno, Frantz, Harrison, and Weymouth
Producer(s) Brian Eno, Talking Heads
Talking Heads singles chronology
"Once in a Lifetime"
"Houses in Motion"
"String Module Error: Match not found"

"Once in a Lifetime"
"Houses in Motion" (alternate mix)
"Life During Wartime" (Live)
Remain in Light track listing
"Once in a Lifetime"
"Houses In Motion"
"Seen and Not Seen"

"Houses in Motion" is the second and final single from Remain in Light, the fourth studio album by American new wave band Talking Heads. An alternate mix of the song was released in vinyl form on 5 May 1981 and peaked at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Recording and style[edit]

Talking Heads frontman and chief lyricist David Byrne remixed the song created with Remain in Light producer Brian Eno at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas in the summer of 1980. "Houses in Motion" features brass performances by Jon Hassell.[2] The B-side "Air" is from the band's third studio album Fear of Music. The cover artwork is by designer Thomi Wroblewski.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Houses in Motion" – 4:33
  2. "Air" – 3:34
  • The 12" version included an extra live version of "Houses of Motion".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 26
UK Singles Chart[3] 50


A faster-paced version of the track performed by Helen White was featured in the 1999 Plunkett & Macleane soundtrack (scored by Craig Armstrong).

Phish covered Houses in Motion at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, during their 1996 Halloween show. At this show they played the entire Remain in Light album for their second set.


  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Talking Heads". Chart Stats. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Bowman, David (2001). This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century. HarperCollins. p. 176. ISBN 0-380-97846-6. 
  3. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Crampton, Luke (1991). Rock Movers & Shakers. Billboard Books. p. 519. ISBN 0-8230-7609-1. 

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