Talking Heads – Pulled Up

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• “Pulled Up” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to FlyingDoctor1988.

8.5 “Excellent New Wave from the USA”

From their album “Talking Headsː 77” (Sire SR-6036) released in 1977.

They’re usually at their best when David Byrne’s borderline psycho, such is the case here. Writing in the Rolling Stone at the time, Stephen Demorest described this one as “a fiercely exhilarating rush of aural amyl nitrate“. Nailed it.

My album review:

At the time of release in September ’77 the New Yorkian quartet were: David Byrne (25, guitar, vocals); Chris Frantz (26, drums); Jerry Harrison (28, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Tina Weymouth (26, bass guitar). They had something different to offer – some kinda weird hybrid of Roxy-inspired white modernism digging on funk, disco and even some Caribbean motifs. It’s bold and progressive, and every band member has a big part to play. The drum n bass of Weymouth and Frantz is often unconventional, seamlessly alternating between marches and grooves as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. Similarly, Byrne’s vocals acrobatically veer between low and high registers, mostly high, with a nervy inflection which gives the band an unmistakeable character. New recruit Harrison, a former member of the Modern Lovers, sprinkles flavour here, there and everywhere. In a year full of cool debut albums, Talking Heads played their part with some distinction.

You can read the rest of my favoured album reviews from ’77 here.

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