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Ben’s BackTrack – Talking Heads – ‘Remain In Light’.

I first saw Talking Heads at the Narrara Music Festival in 1984 on the NSW Central Coast, who were on the bill alongside my heroes at the time; The Pretenders and INXS. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. David Byrne and band were simply amazing.  David’s frenetic spastic-like stage performance with his southern preacher-like rants and babbling. And then the band playing funk and groove as I had never ever heard before. 

‘Remain In Light’ was released in 1980 and remains a powerhouse record of Afro-pop, funk grooves and incredibly catchy tunes that have stayed with me for years. You can hear in this record the sound of things to come for the creatively restless David Byrne. His fascination with Third World music is very evident here, and it was all brought to the fore by producer Brian Eno, who had been working with Roxy Music and David Bowie and would go onto produce amazing records for U2 amongst others.

There is nothing quite like ‘Remain In Light’ in my opinion. It’s a stand-alone masterpiece of pop and funk. Talking Heads were at the time at the forefront of the new New Wave movement and the album is full of polyrhythms, punk attitude and pop.

Special mention must go to Jerry Harrison on keyboards and the incredible chaotic groove and funk from husband and wife powerhouse that is Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz on bass and drums.

This record gave us incredible songs like ‘Crosseyed and Painless’, the opener ‘Born Under Punches’ and the excellent hit ‘Once In A Lifetime’  with those legendary lyrics “You may ask yourself, how did I get here?”.

Don’t miss this record. Please – find yourself an incredible sound system, pop it on the turntable and turn it up!





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