Talking Heads: 77

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Talking Heads: 77
Talking Heads 77.jpg
Studio album by Talking Heads
Released September 16, 1977
Recorded 1976–77,
Studio Sundragon Studios, New York City
Genre Art punk,[1] new wave[2]
Length 38:37
Label Sire (US, UK)
Philips (Europe, Japan)
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn, Talking Heads
Talking Heads chronology
Talking Heads: 77
(1977)
More Songs About Buildings and Food
(1978)
Singles from Talking Heads 77
  1. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town"
    Released: 1977
  2. "Psycho Killer"
    Released: December 1977
  3. "Pulled Up"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[6]
The Irish Times 5/5 stars[7]
Mojo 3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[10]
Uncut 5/5 stars[11]
The Village Voice A−[12]

Talking Heads: 77 is the debut album by the American rock band Talking Heads, released in September 1977. The single "Psycho Killer" reached No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 290 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Release history[edit]

The album was released by Sire Records in the UK and US and Philips Records throughout continental Europe.[13]

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 five bonus tracks on the CD side (see track listing below).[citation needed] 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 "Pulled Up" and "I Feel It in My Heart". 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.[citation needed]

The album was re-released on vinyl on April 18, 2009 for Record Store Day.[14]

Reception[edit]

In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed it in the No. 5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Byrne,[13] except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town" 2:48
2. "New Feeling" 3:09
3. "Tentative Decisions" 3:04
4. "Happy Day" 3:55
5. "Who Is It?" 1:41
6. "No Compassion" 4:47
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "The Book I Read" 4:06
8. "Don't Worry About the Government" 3:00
9. "First Week/Last Week ... Carefree" 3:19
10. "Psycho Killer" (Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth) 4:19
11. "Pulled Up" 4:29

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album's liner notes.[13]

Talking Heads

Production

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1978 UK Albums 60[18]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Psycho Killer" Billboard Hot 100 92[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gittins, Ian (September 1, 2004). Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime, The Stories Behind Every Song. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 39. ISBN 0-634-08033-4. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Aaron, Charles (August 2004). "New Wave". Spin. New York: 104. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Talking Heads 77 – Talking Heads". AllMusic. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (May 6, 1990). "Talking Heads On The Record". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Smith, Jon (July 15, 2012). "Album Review: Talking Heads – Talking Heads 77". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  7. ^ Courtney, Kevin (January 13, 2006). "Talking Heads: 77/More Songs About Buildings and Food/Fear of Music/Remain in Light". The Irish Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Talking Heads: Talking Heads: 77". Mojo: 116. Their claustrophobic tunes of social unease, mathematical arrangements and front man David Byrne's self-conscious take on mundane events elevated them far beyond what would become new wave. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. p. 394. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  11. ^ Shapiro, Peter (February 2006). "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth". Uncut (105): 82. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 31, 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c Talking Heads: 77 liner notes
  14. ^ "Record Store Day releases". Recordstoreday.com. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Alan Cross' Ten Classic Alternative Albums". Apr 18, 2010. Retrieved Mar 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ Hermes, W, 2011. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever. 1st ed. U.S.A: Faber & Faber Ltd.
  17. ^ Diver, M, BBC. 2012. Talking Heads Remain in Light Review. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bcnv/. [Accessed 10 March 2017].
  18. ^ British Hit Singles & Albums, Edition 17, 2004 Guinness World Records Limited, p.548
  19. ^ Billboard chart history. Retrieved 2012-06-22.