Album #382 – Talking Heads: 77

Album #381

The first album from the Talking Heads, like any good debut album, is an indication of things to come. David Byrne’s voice sounds young and nervous. But, because of this, this debut album stands out. It was around this time that the Talking Heads, Ramones, Blondie, Television and Patti Smith were all coming out of the CBGB’s scene, a punk music movement that surrounded the pivotal New York music club. Each of these five bands were different in style and sound and left an indelible mark on music.  The sounds on this album range from r&b to reggae to Motown influenced bass lines by the legendary Tina Weymouth (one of my favourite bassists). Of course, the sound of Taking Heads: 77 could be summed up in the biggest track from this album, Psycho Killer, which despite the song’s content, shows the beginnings of the Talking Heads’ unique and influential sound. I look forward to seeing it progress when I listen to their preceding albums as the challenge rolls along. Other highlights include: Uh-oh, Love Comes To Town, New Feeling,  The Book I Read, Don’t Worry About The Government and Pulled Up. Overall, I give Talking Heads: 77, 5 out of 5.

Next: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac!!!!

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