Monday, March 1, 2010

Talking Heads: Live in Rome

The big difference between us and punk groups is that we like KC and the Sunshine Band. You ask Johnny Rotten if he likes KC and the Sunshine Band and he'll blow snot in you face.
Chris Frantz, Talking Heads
Talking Heads could have been terrible. There were enough lofty artistic goals (some would say pretensions) in that band, and their extended entourage, to throw the world off its axis. But when those disparate elements; the funky jamming crossed with the nervous elocution, the world-beat experimentations hitched to the art-school theorizing gelled, as they did throughout the late seventies and early eighties, it was magnificent. This live show (may be available as a DVD here) contains each those elements (and many more) mentioned, all of which served to make them one of the most critically-esteemed bands of their time. Don't hold that against them, either.

I'd like to dedicate this post to my former colleague, Rolly, who recently passed on. Rolly would sometimes walk the halls of the school where we taught, yelling "Who's in charge here?" just like Capt. Willard and, occasionally, when the students had departed, he'd throw on "Once in a Lifetime" on the P.A. and just his eyes would dance.

Live in Rome CD
"People take us far too seriously. We're going to have start being far more stupid."
David Byrne


  1. I like some Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime" "Life During Wartime" being my faves, cheers for this post Jeff.

    Another blog.

  2. It's hard to go wrong with those two tracks!

    I'll find a way to add King Rocker - the first ten times didn't work maybe the next one will!

  3. Thanks for this show - looks very cool! I love this period of the T-Heads.

  4. Thanks for the live Talking Heads! I have been looking for some besides the Stop Making Sense LP!

  5. Love Talking heads, then and now. Thanks!!


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