“Remain in Light,” the best work of the band according to many critics, was released in 1980 and was also listed among the top 500 albums of all time. This album included “Once In A Lifetime”, the theme representing the first music video released by the quartet, considered by many to be one of the most innovative videos in the history of music. In part this album for the last time Brian Eno. The second single from “Remain in Light” was “Crossey And Painless.”
This streak of 4 excellent albums (the best in the group), in 4 consecutive years (1977 to 1980) was one of the most important in the history of rock.
In 1981, the band decided to take a break and return to touring in 1982, to return to record a new studio album recently in 1983.
In 1981, David Byrne began to record with Brian Eno (musician who had worked on three albums of Talking Heads) album “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts”, which was based on recordings of radio journalists in New York used rhythmic base. The project was one of the pioneers of the use of ‘Samples’ in different rhythms of music, a feature heavily used by Hip Hop, and was cited by major groups of Rap (as Public Enemy) as his main influence.
One of the best tracks on the disc and it opens, “America Is Waiting”, was chosen as the first single and was accompanied by an interesting music video where no music was not there (it was directed by Bruce Conner).
That same year, David launches its first completely solo album, entitled “The Catherine Wheel: Complete Broadway Score.” The music of this album (half instrumental and half vocal) served as a soundtrack to a Broadway play directed by Twyla Tharp. The themes of this work highlights are “What A Day That Was” and “Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open).”
In 1982, Talking Heads began their tour with a large number of accompanying musicians (including the great guitarist Adrian Belew, Alex Weir, Nona Hendryx, etc.).. It was a very interesting tour which was partly recorded in the first live LP of the banda called “The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.” This work also contained items recorded in previous concerts.
The live recordings of the album “The Name Of This Band …” were launched in 1982 as a vinyl only, and was delayed 22 years to leave as a remastered double CD.
For the year 1983, Talking Heads and soon had a new studio album entitled “Speaking In Tongues”, a disc where no longer appeared Brian Eno, but still the line of the previous work of the banda ( “Remain In Light” of 1980) , adding pop song structures.
It was the first album in 3 years and left the band its first Top 10 single in the United States, “Burning Down The House”, a song with funky rhythms accompanied by a good music video, nominated in the category “Best Musical Effects” in the first installment of the MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. The subject was also nominated for a Grammy Award as “Best Rock Vocal By A Group or Duo” this nomination could not win, but the artist Robert Rauschenberg won an important prize for creating the cover of the disc.
The second single from the album was “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”, the group’s first major ballad, which would also be accompanied by a good music video, and the third single was the theme of “Swamp.”
“Speaking In Tongues” was the Talking Heads first album to sell over a million copies in America. After the release of this album, the band embarked on another extensive tour to promote it, which would be the last in the history of the banda. This tour was captured in the film “Stop Making Sense” director Jonathan Demme, who later directed the film “The Silence of the Lambs.”
“Stop Making Sense” is considered one of the best concerts in the history of Rock N ‘Roll. La banda introduce the most important items on its fifth album “Speaking In Tongues”, but the best of the four previous releases. It highlights the great performance of “Psycho Killer”, and “Take Me To The River”, “Life During Wartime,” “Once In A Lifetime,” “Burning Down The House,” among others.
These recordings were made by the director Jonathan Demme and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth for four shows at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, and the quartet captured the maximum of its energy. He was also the first digital movie sound ever.
The video for “Once In A Lifetime”, taken from the concert, was selected to promote the film through various musical signal as MTV, in addition to being nominated for “Best on a stage in the delivery of the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985.
Was also launched as well as a film, its soundtrack, with the best four of the nine concerts.
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