Album of the Day: Talking Heads (10/8/80)

41KKVNSS1QL._SL160_For their fourth studio album, Remain In Light, the Talking Heads added African flavors to their tight, eccentric and edgy brand of post-punk, New Wave pop-rock. Using a recording studio in the Bahamas probably helped as well, for the result was a lighter, more upbeat and danceable album than anything previous. Remain In Light was released on October 8, 1980 and begat two singles, “Crosseyed And Painless” and “Once In A Lifetime.” The latter features frontman David Byrne’s preaching lyrics chanted from a gospel-revival pulpit atop a polyrhythmic African jam, and like the rest of the album it finds the link between the listener’s head and feet. Remain In Light was the third and final Heads’ album produced by Brian Eno. A marginal seller despite reaching #19 on the U.S. album charts (only briefly, though), it is nevertheless one of their best and ranks #126 on Rolling Stones’ list of the Top 500 albums of all-time. The Talking Heads are in the Playlist Vault at DrRock.com and Remain In Light is available on Amazon (CD) and iTunes (track downloads).

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