True Stories (Talking Heads album)

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True Stories
Talking Heads - True Stories -1986-.jpg
Studio album by Talking Heads
Released September 15, 1986
Recorded 1986
Studio Sigma Sound Studios in Manhattan;
additional recording at
O'Henry Sound Studios in Toluca Lake CA,
Studio Southwest in Sunnyvale TX,
the Arcadia Theater in Dallas TX
[with Omega Audio remote];[1]
mixed at
Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood.
Length 40:33
Label Warner Bros./Sire (US/Canada)
EMI (UK/Europe)
Producer Talking Heads
Talking Heads chronology
Little Creatures
True Stories
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[5]
The Village Voice B[6]

True Stories is the seventh album released by Talking Heads in 1986; it was released at the same time as the David Byrne film of the same name, True Stories.

The album does not contain the actors' performances from the film. Instead, this is a Talking Heads studio album featuring recordings of songs from the film. While an original cast recording for this movie was never released, several of the film performances did appear on single releases of several songs from the album.

Later, lead singer Byrne released the album Sounds from True Stories containing incidental music from the soundtrack.

The single "Wild Wild Life" became the big hit from the album, accompanied by its video airplay on MTV. The "Wild Wild Life" video won two MTV Video Music Awards in 1987: "Best Group Video", beating U2 and Crowded House, and "Best Video from a Film". (The video is in fact an extended sequence lifted directly from the film itself). A video for "Love for Sale" was created for use in the film (during a sequence when a woman, played by Swoosie Kurtz, watches the video on TV), and an extended version was later released as a video in its own right.

In 2006, it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with three bonus tracks on the CD side (an extended mix of "Wild Wild Life", "Papa Legba" with vocal by Pops Staples, and "Radio Head" with vocals by Tito Larriva). 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 the videos of "Wild Wild Life" and "Love for Sale". 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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Byrne.

  1. "Love for Sale" – 4:30
  2. "Puzzlin' Evidence" – 5:23
  3. "Hey Now" – 3:42
  4. "Papa Legba" – 5:54
  5. "Wild Wild Life" – 3:39
  6. "Radio Head" – 3:14
  7. "Dream Operator" – 4:39
  8. "People Like Us" – 4:26
  9. "City of Dreams" – 5:06
  10. "Wild Wild Life" (Extended mix) (CD bonus track) – 5:30
  11. "Papa Legba" (Pops Staples vocal version) (Re-release bonus track) – 5:59
  12. "Radio Head" (Tito Larriva vocal version) (Re-release bonus track) – 3:50

Tracks 11 and 12 appear on the 2006 CD issue only. Of the 9 tracks on the original LP release, "Love for Sale", "Wild Wild Life" and "City of Dreams" are the only recordings that actually appear in the film. On screen, the other songs are performed by the film actors; two of those are included among the bonus tracks of the 2006 reissue.

The band Radiohead named themselves after Track 6, "Radio Head".[7]


Talking Heads[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Charles Brocco – assistant mixing
  • Paul Christiensen – overdubbing engineer on "Puzzlin' Evidence"
  • Nick del Ray – assistant engineers
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing on "Wild Wild Life"
  • Lee Herschburg – mixing on "People Like Us"
  • Robin Laine – assistant mixing
  • Michael McClain – overdubbing engineer on "Hey Now", "Radio Head", "People Like Us", and "City of Dreams"
  • Tom Nist – assistant mixing
  • Jack Skinner – mastering
  • Eric Thorngren – engineer, mixing, overdubbing
  • Melanie West – assistant engineers
  • Mike Nicholson – engineer on "Wild Wild Life"
  • Brian Kehew - expanded CD bonus track mixing



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