The Epic 2017 Project #317: 171113
Talking Heads – ’77 (1977)
Talking Heads: 77 was their debut. Released in September of that year, it now ranks at No. 290 on Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
“Psycho Killer” was written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and first played by their band the Artistic in 1974. But it also made it onto their 77 debut and became the band’s signature debut hit. Originally written and performed as a ballad, “Psycho Killer” became what AllMusic calls a “deceptively funky new wave/no wave song” with “an insistent rhythm, and one of the most memorable, driving basslines in rock & roll.”
“Psycho Killer” was the only song from the album to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 92. It reached number 32 on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 1989, and peaked at number 11 on the Dutch singles chart in 1977. The song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.