Talking Heads go insane with “Speaking In Tongues”

Posted: September 23, 2011 in New Wave
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Cover of "Speaking in Tongues"

Cover of Speaking in Tongues

The Talking Heads are probably one of the smarter new wave bands. They didn’t need success to prove what kind of brilliant musicians they were, yet it found them on their 1983 release Speaking In Tongues.

Speaking In Tongues is like art-rock/experimental but still new wave all at the same time. Lead singer David Byrne personifies this both in what he sings about, such as him taking shots at then-president Ronald Reagan’s “reaganomics” (Aka trickle-down economics) economy plan. On other songs, such as “Making Flippy Floppy,” “Burning Down the House” and “Pull Up the Roots,” the band shows off their mad skills.

However, one of the best things about this album is the bass lines of Tina Weymouth. On virtually every track she shines as the bass player. This is a rare feat on any album. She borrows quite a bit from funk with her repetitive & rhythmic bass lines.

Bottom line: this is a great album.

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