Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.
If you asked me to fill in the blank for the statement, “The band you most associate with your college years is _____________,” I’d be pretty tempted to say Talking Heads. For my 20th birthday, just a few days after getting on the U2 and Marshall Crenshaw trains, I received Fear of Music from my roommate James (thanks, mon!). From there, it was on: I’m fairly sure that within a year I had their first five albums. I’d been thinking lately that the first two disks haven’t held up all that well over time, but I’m reconsidering this view after hearing “New Feeling” from Talking Heads: 77 just last week in Kroger (!!). Fear of Music and Remain in Light definitely still feel like brilliant achievements.
Their concert movie “Stop Making Sense” was released in late 1984. Seeing it multiple times at the midnight showing at the Kentucky those last two years at Transy is a favorite memory. Their take on this song in the movie is a fun one, but it’s the studio version from Speaking in Tongues that got on the tape.