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Talking Heads' Fear of Music

Author: Jonathan Lethem

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA


Category: Music

Page: 160

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It's the summer of 1979. A fifteen-year-old boy listens to WNEW on the radio in his bedroom in Brooklyn. A monotone voice (it's the singer's) announces into dead air in between songs "The Talking Heads have a new album, it's called Fear of Music" - and everything spins outward from that one moment. Jonathan Lethem treats Fear of Music (the third album by the Talking Heads, and the first produced by Brian Eno) as a masterpiece - edgy, paranoid, funky, addictive, rhythmic, repetitive, spooky and fun. He scratches obsessively at the album's songs, guitars, rhythms, lyrics, packaging, downtown origins, and legacy, showing how Fear of Music hints at the directions (positive and negative) the band would take in the future. Lethem transports us again to the New York City of another time - tackling one of his great adolescent obsessions and illuminating the ways in which we fall in and out of love with works of art.

Fear of Music

Author: Talking Heads



Category: Music, American


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Albums Produced by Jerry Harrison; Talking Heads

77, Fear of Music, the Singles 1992-2003, Return of Saturn, Everything in Time

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series



Page: 168

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (music and lyrics not included). Pages: 28. Chapters: Talking Heads: 77, The Singles 1992-2003, Fear of Music, Return of Saturn, Everything in Time, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, Throwing Copper, Once in a Lifetime, The Distance to Here, Naked, True Stories, Speaking in Tongues, More Songs About Buildings and Food, The Gracious Few, The Raw and the Cooked, Sand in the Vaseline: Popular Favorites, Little Creatures, Awake: The Best of Live, God Shuffled His Feet, Mind Chaos, The Best of Talking Heads, Mental Jewelry, Pawn Shoppe Heart, Trouble Is..., No Talking, Just Head, Walk on Water, The Blind Leading the Naked, Stories of a Stranger, I'd Rather Eat Glass, Remember, Bonus Rarities and Outtakes, Teenage Graffiti, Shine, Soul Lost Companion, The Red and the Black, Casual Gods, Villains, Lost in the Former West, Rub It Better, Four Songs, Rip It Off, Once in a Lifetime - The Best of Talking Heads, Love. Excerpt: The Singles 1992-2003 is a compilation album by the American rock band No Doubt, produced by Nellee Hooper and released on November 25, 2003 on Interscope Records. It features thirteen of the band's singles from their later three studio albums-Tragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn, and Rock Steady-and the album track "Trapped in a Box" from their debut album, No Doubt. The album also included a cover of Talk Talk's song "It's My Life," which was the only new song on the album and which was released as a single. It is the band's final album to date and was released alongside the DVD Rock Steady Live, a video of a concert as part of the band's Rock Steady tour in 2002, and the box set Boom Box, which contained The Singles 1992-2003, Everything in Time, The Videos 1992-2003, and Live in the Tragic Kingdom. No Doubt went into hiatus in April 2003 after the release of four singles from their fifth studio album, Rock St...

Talking Heads

Talking Heads Discography, Tom Tom Club

Author: LLC Books

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series



Page: 26

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 33. Chapters: Talking Heads albums, Talking Heads members, Talking Heads songs, The Heads (American band) albums, David Byrne, Talking Heads: 77, Remain in Light, Talking Heads discography, Fear of Music, Tom Tom Club, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, Psycho Killer, Take Me to the River, Tina Weymouth, Burning Down the House, Naked, True Stories, Speaking in Tongues, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Stop Making Sense, Once in a Lifetime, Little Creatures, Jerry Harrison, This Must Be the Place, Road to Nowhere, Chris Frantz, Life During Wartime, Wild Wild Life, Heaven, No Talking, Just Head, Houses in Motion, And She Was, (Nothing But) Flowers, I Zimbra, Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town, Love Building on Fire, Born Under Punches, Girlfriend Is Better, Sax and Violins. Excerpt: Remain in Light is the fourth studio album by American New Wave band Talking Heads, released on 8 October 1980 on Sire Records. It was recorded at locations in the Bahamas and the United States between July and August 1980 and was produced by the quartet's long-time collaborator Brian Eno. The album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 in the US and at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released from Remain in Light: "Once in a Lifetime" and "Houses in Motion." The record was certified Gold in the US and in Canada during the 1980s. The members of Talking Heads wanted to make an album that dispelled notions of frontman and chief lyricist David Byrne leading a back-up band. They decided to experiment with African polyrhythms and, with Eno, recorded the instrumental tracks as a series of samples and loops, a novel idea at the time. Additional musicians were frequently used throughout the studio sessions. The lyric writing process slowed Remain in Lights progress, but was concluded after Byrne drew inspiration from academic literature ...

Fear of Music

The 261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco

Author: Garry Mulholland

Publisher: Orion Publishing Company


Category: Music

Page: 373

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In This is Uncool, Garry Mulholland set out on a one-man mission to reclaim music 'criticism', to dispense with the idea of 'proper' records and celebrate the beauty of the pop single. Four years on, and the next logical step is Fear of Music: the 261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco. Mulholland writes with such clarity as to bring it all back again, to have you searching out dusty old vinyl from the likes of The Specials, Stevie Wonder and the Smiths, as well as Television, Outkast and Earth Wind and Fire.--BOOK JACKET.

Gang of Four's Entertainment!

Author: Kevin J.H. Dettmar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA


Category: Music

Page: 160

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Following hard on the explosion of British punk, in 1979 Gang of Four produced post-punk's smartest record, Entertainment! For the first time, a band wedded punk's angry energy to funk's propulsive beats-and used that music to put across lyrics that brought a heady mixture of Marxist theory and situationism to exposing the cultural politics of everyday life. But for an American college student from the suburbs-and, one expects, for many, many others, including British youth-Jon King's and Andy Gill's mumbled lyrics were often all but unintelligible. Political rock 'n' roll is always something of an oxymoron: rock audiences by and large don't tune in to be lectured to. But what can it mean that a band that made pop songs as political theory actively resisted making that theory legible? Coming to terms with the impact of Entertainment! requires us to take the mondegreen-the misunderstood lyric-seriously. The old joke has it that the title of R.E.M.'s debut album should have been not Murmur, but Mumble: true, so far as it goes. But that's the title, too, of rock 'n' roll's Greatest Hits compilation-and that strategic inarticulateness itself, which creates such an important role for the listener, has an important politics.

Seen and Not Seen

Confessions of a Movie Autist

Author: Jasun Horsley

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

View: 387

Popular culture mirrors the human soul and it can't lie about the state it is in—which is what makes it an essential guide on the quest for self-knowledge. Seen and Not Seen: Confessions of a Movie Autist is a series of autobiographical explorations which slowly uncover the author's secret life to himself. Revisiting his former writings on film and deconstructing old texts, he engages in a literary dialogue with his past as he struggles to bust open his fantasy life and reach the truth behind it. Moving into and through the cultural, social and political dimensions of movies, the book maps previously undiscovered psychological and spiritual realms of the movie-going experience to create an engaging, thought-provoking, utterly original narrative about the essential acts of movie-watching, writing, and self-examination.

Rip it Up and Start Again

Postpunk 1978-1984

Author: Simon Reynolds

Publisher: Faber & Faber


Category: Music

Page: 608

View: 685

'A fantastic tribute to an amazingly creative musical period . . . An instant pop classic, worthy of a place on your shelves beside the handful of music books that really matter.' John McTernan, Scotland on Sunday Punk revitalized rock in the mid-seventies, but the movement soon degenerated into self-parody. Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length celebration of what happened next: post-punk bands who dedicated themselves to fulfilling punk's unfinished musical revolution. 1978 - 1984 rivals the sixties for the sheer amount of fabulous music created, the spirit of adventure and possibility that infused it, and the way the sounds felt inextricably connected to the political and social turbulence of the day. Simon Reynolds, acclaimed author of Energy Flash, recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music. Packed with anecdote and insight, populated by charismatic and maverick characters, Rip It Up and Start Again stands as one of the most inspired and inspiring books on popular music ever written. 'I had never expected there to be a book on this subject; had I done so, I would never have dared to hope it could be as good as this.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Book of the Week 'This remarkable and perfectly timed cultural history is required reading.' Q Magazine

Law School Basics

A Preview of Law School and Legal Reasoning

Author: David Hricik

Publisher: Nova Press


Category: Study Aids

Page: 224

View: 389

Law school has the reputation of being one of the hardest academic programs. It is a reputation well earned. However, Law School Basics is chock-full of insights and strategies that will prepare you well and give you a head start on the competition. Law School Basics presents a thorough overview of law school, legal reasoning, and legal writing. It was written for those who are considering law school; for those who are about to start law school; and for those who are interested in knowing more about lawyering and the legal process. Law School Basics was written with one overriding goal: to enlighten you about everything the author wishes he had known before starting law school.

Brian Eno's Another Green World

Author: Geeta Dayal

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Music

Page: 112

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The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practically meditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled by adrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album to be composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio, over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proof of concept for Eno's budding ideas of "the studio as musical instrument," and a signpost for a bold new way of thinking about music. In this book, Geeta Dayal unravels Another Green World's abundant mysteries, venturing into its dense thickets of sound. How was an album this cohesive and refined formed in such a seemingly ad hoc way? How were electronics and layers of synthetic treatments used to create an album so redolent of the natural world? How did a deck of cards figure into all of this? Here, through interviews and archival research, she unearths the strange story of how Another Green World formed the link to Eno's future -- foreshadowing his metamorphosis from unlikely glam rocker to sonic painter and producer.

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