Tunes Du Jour Presents Talking Heads

In the vast and ever-evolving landscape of popular music, few bands have left an indelible mark quite like Talking Heads. Hailing from the vibrant streets of New York City, this innovative quartet carved out a unique sonic identity that defied conventions and pushed the boundaries of what rock music could be.

Led by the charismatic and visionary David Byrne, Talking Heads burst onto the scene with a raw, eclectic sound that seamlessly blended elements of punk, funk, and global music. Their debut album, Talking Heads: 77, introduced listeners to a refreshingly different approach, with tracks like “Psycho Killer” showcasing their penchant for unconventional rhythms and lyrics.

As their popularity grew, Talking Heads continued to evolve, exploring new sonic territories and challenging traditional songwriting structures. Their collaborations with producer Brian Eno yielded groundbreaking albums like Remain in Light and Fear of Music, which incorporated African rhythms, experimental textures, and avant-garde sensibilities into their sound. The 1983 album Speaking in Tongues further cemented their status as musical innovators, with the hit single “Burning Down the House” becoming an instant classic.

But Talking Heads’ influence extended far beyond their musical output. Their live performances were nothing short of captivating, with Byrne’s iconic jerky dance moves and the band’s infectious energy captivating audiences worldwide. Their music videos, directed by acclaimed filmmakers including Jonathan Demme, Jim Jarmusch, and Wim Wenders, plus Toni Basil and David Byrne himself, were visual masterpieces that redefined the art form. Additionally, the band members’ creative pursuits outside of Talking Heads, such as Tom Tom Club’s funky explorations, showcased their versatility and dedication to pushing artistic boundaries.

Moreover, Talking Heads’ impact can be felt across genres and generations. Their unique blend of art-rock, funk, and world music paved the way for countless artists who followed, inspiring a new wave of musical experimentation and genre-blending. From alternative rock to electronic music, the band’s influence can be traced in the works of countless contemporary artists.

In a world where trends come and go, Talking Heads’ enduring legacy remains a testament to their artistic vision and unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of popular music. Their melodies and rhythms continue to resonate with listeners, serving as a reminder that true art transcends time and never grows old.

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Tunes Du Jour Presents 1985

The year 1985 was a remarkable one for music, as it showcased a variety of genres, styles, and influences. From pop to rock, from synth to soul, from rap to reggae, the music of 1985 reflected the diversity and creativity of the artists and the listeners. Whether it was the catchy melodies, the powerful lyrics, or the innovative sounds, the music of 1985 had something for everyone.

One of the most notable trends of 1985 was the emergence of new wave and synth-pop, which dominated the charts and the airwaves. Artists like Tears for Fears, a-Ha, Simple Minds, and The Cure blended synthesizers, guitars, and drums to create catchy and memorable songs that captured the mood and the spirit of the times. Songs like “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, “Take On Me”, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, and “Close to Me” became anthems for a generation that was looking for fun, freedom, and adventure.

Another trend of 1985 was the influence of dance and disco, which brought energy and excitement to the music scene. Artists like Madonna, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Dead Or Alive, and Sade combined dance beats, catchy hooks, and sensual vocals to create songs that made people want to move and groove. Songs like “Into the Groove”, “Relax”, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”, and “Smooth Operator” became hits that defined the style and the attitude of the era.

A third trend of 1985 was the resurgence of rock and roll, which showed the diversity and the versatility of the genre. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Dire Straits, and The Smiths demonstrated their musical skills, their lyrical talents, and their artistic visions. Songs like “Born In The U.S.A.”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Money For Nothing”, and “How Soon Is Now” became classics that showcased the range and the depth of rock music.

A fourth trend of 1985 was the rise of social awareness and activism, which inspired many artists to use their music as a platform for change and charity. Artists took part in USA For Africa and Band Aid to raise funds and awareness for famine relief.

The music of 1985 was a year of diversity and innovation, as it offered a wide range of musical experiences and expressions. The playlist below features some of the best songs of 1985, which represent the different trends and influences of the year. Enjoy the music and relive the memories of 1985!

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 11-18-23

In early 1980 newspaper The Village Voice published the results of its poll of 155 music critics. Voted the best album of 1979 was Graham Parker & The Rumour’s Squeezing Out Sparks. The rest of the top ten was:

Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps

The Clash – The Clash

Talking Heads – Fear of Music

Elvis Costello – Armed Forces

Van Morrison – Into the Music

The B-52s – The B-52s

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes

Pere Ubu – Dub Housing

Donna Summer – Bad Girls                                                                                                                                                                  Graham Parker was born on this date in 1950. A handful of his songs are included on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 10-2-23

In the same room where Ian Fleming wrote James Bond novels Sting of The Police wrote what he called a “nasty little song” about his feelings of jealousy and obsession over his first wife following their divorce. I’m not sure if hearing the song everywhere helped him get over those feelings, but the money the song generated may have lifted his spirits.

Sting was born on this date in 1951. Lotsa Police songs on today’s playlist.

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