‘Talking Heads: 77’ is their debut (featuring ‘Psycho Killer’) album released on September 16, 1977.
Track listing : 1.Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town (David Byrne) – 02:48 . 2.New Feeling (David Byrne) – 03:09 . 3.Tentative Decisions (David Byrne) – 03:04 . 4.Happy Day (David Byrne) – 03:55 . 5.Who Is It? (David Byrne) – 01:41 . 6.No Compassion (David Byrne) – 04:47 . 7.The Book I Read (David Byrne) – 04:06 . 8.Don’t Worry About the Government (David Byrne) – 03:00 . 9.First Week/Last Week…Carefree (David Byrne) – 03:19 . 10.Psycho Killer (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth) 4:19 . 11.Pulled Up (David Byrne) – 04:29 .
Musicians : Talking Heads – . David Byrne – Guitar, Vocals . Chris Frantz – Drums . Jerry Harrison – Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals . Tina Weymouth – Bass Guitar .
Production Produced by Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn and Talking Heads . Ed Stasium – Engineer . Joe Gastwirt – Mastering .
Package : David Byrne – Cover Design . Mick Rock – Photography .
Recorded 1976–1977 at Sundragon Studios, New York City .
Released on September 16, 1977 by Sire.
Personally, I was even more put off by lyrics that fleshed out the Heads’ post-Jonathan Richman, so-hip-we’re-straight image; when David Byrne says “don’t worry about the government,” the irony is that he’s not being ironic. […]
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The problem is the limited nature of the arrangements: they had their space-conscious nerd-funk groove worked out, but without much technical facility, they end up using the same arpeggiated chords on track after track . In small doses it’s great, but after a whole album – at roughly the same tempo – may start to feel like water torture. […]
For me, the direct, crisp, jaunty Talking Heads and the abstracted, unrestrained, fiery Television stand as the Beatles and Rolling Stones of the restless, displaced Seventies. Not only is this a great album, it’s also one of the definitive records of the decade.= […]