Monday, April 18, 2005

Talking Heads V's Arcade Fire

Talking Heads met while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early '70s and moved to New York in 1974 where they won a spot opening for the Ramones at the seminal New York punk club CBGB's. By 1977, the band had released their first album, Talking Heads: 77, which received a considerable amount of acclaim for its stripped-down rock & roll and for David Byrne's geeky, overly intellectual lyrics and uncomfortable, jerky vocals.

While some of their music can seem too self-consciously experimental and intellectual, at their best Talking Heads represent everything good about art-school punks. They had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop between their first album and their last in 1988, becoming one of the most critically acclaimed American bands of the '80s and managing to earn several pop hits.

Talking Heads recorded many of their earlier, more experimental albums with Brian Eno and received extensive publicity from a 1983 tour captured on the Jonathan Demme-directed concert film "Stop Making Sense".

Arcade Fire formed in Montreal, Canada in the summer of 2003. The experimental indie rock quintet fleshed out an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, and classically tinged songs and released a self-titled EP in 2003. They released their debut album Funeral in September 2004 to immediate critical acclaim and have been touring America and Europe since it’s release.

Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Arcade Fire - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

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