In 2002, their first year of eligibility, the Talking Heads were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No wonder: the following year many of the same music industry people would place no less than four Talking Heads albums onto Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All Time list. A casual perusal of the band’s discography on AllMusic.com reveals more stars than a Texas sky on a clear night. Jeff Gold‘s sumptuous coffee table tome 101 Essential Rock Records devotes two whole pages to their debut Talking Heads :77 .
Singer/songwriter David Byrne and keyboard/guitarist Jerry Harrison join me In the Studio on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of Talking Heads’ best-selling album Little Creatures for the stories behind “Psycho Killer”, the terrific cover of Al Green/ Teenie Hodges’ “Take Me to the River” from More Songs About Buildings and Food, the pulsing pre-9/11 domestic terrorism in “Life During Wartime”, the MTV video classic “Once in a Life Time”,”Burning Down the House” and “Girlfriend is Better” from the brilliant 1983 breakthrough Speaking in Tongues, “And She Was” from 1985’s Little Creatures, and “Wild Wild Life” from True Stories. – Redbeard