Sire release Talking Heads’s fifth album ‘Speaking in Tongues’ featuring ‘Burning Down the House’ (1983)

Talking Heads’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ feat. ‘Burning Down the House’ is their fifth studio album released on May 31, 1983 by Sire.

Track Listing : 1.Burning Down The House (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 04:01 . 2.Making Flippy Floppy (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:53 . 3.Girlfriend Is Better (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:42 . 4.Slippery People (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:05 . 5.I Get Wild/Wild Gravity (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:16 . 6.Swamp (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:12 . 7.Moon Rocks (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:45 . 8.Pull Up The Roots (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:09 . 9.This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:03 . 10.Two Note Swivel (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:51 . 11.Burning Down The House (Alternate Version) (David Byrne, Talking Heads) – 05:09

Robert Rauschenberg

Musicians : Talking Heads – Band . David Byrne – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, Percussion . Chris Frantz – Drums, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer . Jerry Harrison – Keyboards, Guitar, Backing Vocals . Tina Weymouth – Synthesizer And String Bass, Backing Vocals, Guitar . Wally Badarou – Synthesizer . Raphael Dejesus – Percussion . Nona Hendryx – Backing Vocals . Richard Landry – Saxophone . Dolette Mcdonald – Backing Vocals . Steve Scales – Percussion . Shankar – Violin . David Van Tieghem – Percussion . Alex Weir – Guitar . Bernie Worrell – Synthesize

Production : Produced By Talking Heads . Butch Jones – Engineer . John Convertino – Assistant Engineer . Franklin Gibson – Assistant Engineer, Mixing . Ted Jensen – Mastering . Jay Mark – Assistant Engineer, Mixing . Alex Sadkin – Engineer, Mixing

Package : Robert Rauschenberg asterisques RVM – Cover Design

Recorded July 1982–February 1983 At Blank Tapes, Ny, Compass Point Studios, Sigma Sound .

Released On May 31, 1983 By Sire.

Video Director(s) : David Byrne for “Burning Down the House”


The way in which Speaking in Tongues comes together as a whole is admirable from the onset. Even the cover art, which David Byrne designed himself, is a simple pattern on a yellow background that adds to the upbeat, enjoyable feel that the album conveys. Each song comes together through the quick-paced melodies even though the lyrics cover a range of topics. […]

Rolling Stone
Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads’ first studio release in three years, is the album that finally obliterates the thin line separating arty white pop music and deep black funk. […]

The tone of the record is shifting, without question Speaking In Tongues, but it’s their broadest and warmest, looking constantly for a way to worm in and “share the same space for a minute or two.” […]


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