Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

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Laquers Cut From Original Analog 2-Tracks By Chris Bellman At Bernie Grundman!

Classic Talking Heads Platinum Album Back On Vinyl!

In 2011, Ranked #54 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of The Eighties!

Features 1983 Hit Single "Burning Down The House" + "Girlfriend Is Better" & "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"!

The group's fifth studio album, released in 1983, proved to become their commercial breakthrough producing their first American Top 10 single, "Burning Down The House".

"The band's playful side indeed shines through on the album's nine songs, which include such tracks as the wobbly "Making Flippy Floppy," the animated "Girlfriend Is Better" and the cheery "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)." For all its lightheartedness, however, the album still managed to fuse the band's disparate musical interests, most notably the Afro-funk that Byrne had led the band to explore on its preceding album, Remain in Light, and the dance-oriented sounds that drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth had pursued with the Tom Tom Club. And years of touring had given the Heads a sense of how to craft songs that would appeal to their audience." -, April 2011

On March 5, 2012, Slant Magazine listed Talking Heads' "Speaking In Tongues" as #89 on their list of Best Albums of the 1980s.

"If the title of the Talking Heads' sixth album found them embracing their lyrical Dadaism with an almost religious zealotry, and if the title's mission statement is more than fulfilled in the likes of "Moon Rocks" ("I ate a rock from the moon/Got shicked once, shocked twice") and "Girlfriend Is Better" (where "Stop making sense" became a mantra), it's also worth noting that the tunes were counter intuitively accessible like never before, no more so than "Burning Down the House," which set fire to no wave and planted one of the many seeds for new wave." Slant Magazine, March 5, 2012

"Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads' first studio release in three years, is the album that finally obliterates the thin line separating arty white pop music and deep black funk. Picking up where their 1980 Afro-punk fusion Remain in Light left off, this LP consummates the Heads' marriage of art-school intellect and dance-floor soul. Imbued with an adventurous spirit that's as close to Television's Marquee Moon as it is to Michael Jackson's Thriller, Grand Master Flash's "The Message" and Nigerian high-life music, Speaking in Tongues gives new meaning to the word crossover - 5 1/2 Stars" -, David Fricke, June 9, 1983

"...Despite their formal power, Talking Heads' preceding two albums seemed to have painted them into a corner, which may be why it took them three years to craft a follow-up, but on Speaking in Tongues, they found an open window and flew out of it." -

• 180g HQ Rhino Vinyl
• Laquers Cut By Chris Bellman At Bernie Grundman
• Cut From Original Analog 2-Tracks
• Replica of original LP jacket

David Byrne, vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass percussion
Chris Frantz, drums, backing vocals, synthesizer
Jerry Harrison, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
Tina Weymouth, synthesizer and string bass, backing vocals, guitar

Side A:

1. Burning Down The House
2. Making Flippy Floppy
3. Girlfriend Is Better
4. Slippery People
5. I Get Wild / Wild Gravity
Side B:
1. Swamp
2. Moon Rocks
3. Pull Up the Roots
4. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

Additional Information

Record Label Rhino
Music Genre Pop - Rock