The Epic 2017 Project #320: 171116
Talking Heads – The name of this band is… (1981)
The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads is a double live album by Talking Heads, originally released in 1981. The first disc featured the original quartet in recordings from 1977 and 1979, and the second disc the expanded ten-piece lineup that toured in 1980 and 1981. The album contains live versions of songs that appear on their first four studio albums, Talking Heads: 77, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, and Remain in Light. The cassette edition of the album included “Cities” as a bonus track not included on the vinyl edition – this track has been included on the subsequent CD release.
The title of the album is a reference both to the group’s preference for having no expressed definite article within the band name (as opposed to “The Talking Heads”) and to David Byrne’s minimalist introductions to songs. The album opens with one such introduction: “The name of this song is New Feeling. That’s what it’s about.”
An expanded version of the record, on CD in the United States for the first time, was released in 2004 by Sire/Warner Bros./Rhino. It duplicated the pattern of the original with the first disc featuring the quartet alone, and the second disc a ten-member band. Additional tracks from 1978 are among the eight extra songs on the first disc, and correct running order for the set from the larger band on the second disc.
Unusually for an American band, the original vinyl release came out a year earlier in the UK than it did Stateside.
The Epic 2017 Project #319: 171115
Talking Heads -Speaking in Tongues (1983)
peaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album from Talking Heads, released in 1983. Following the band’s split with producer Brian Eno and a short hiatus which allowed the individual members to pursue side projects, recording began in 1982. It became the band’s commercial breakthrough and produced the band’s first (and only) American Top 10 hit, “Burning Down the House”, which was accompanied by a promotional video.
The album’s tour was documented in Jonathan Demme’s film Stop Making Sense, which generated a live album of the same name. (The concert film and live album’s title comes from the repeated phrase “Stop making sense!” during the song “Girlfriend Is Better”.) In addition, the album crossed over to the dance charts where it peaked at number two for six weeks. It was also the group’s highest-charting album on the American Billboard 200.
The Epic 2017 Project #318: 171114
Talking Heads – More songs about buildings and food (1978)
Talking Heads’ second studio album – More Songs About Buildings and Food – was released in July 1978. The album was the first of three Talking Heads LPs produced by collaborator Brian Eno. It saw the group move musically toward a danceable style, crossing singer David Byrne’s unusual delivery with new emphasis on the rhythm section (made up of bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz).
More Songs established the group as a critical success, reaching No.21 in the UK Albums Chart. It featured the group’s first Top 30 single, a cover of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River”.
The Epic 2017 Project #315: 171111
10cc – The Original Soundtrack (1975)
The Original Soundtrack was 10cc’s third studio album. It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone”, and “I’m Not in Love”, the band’s most popular song.
The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. It has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.
“I’m not in love’ also featured on ‘The awesome Mix – Vol. 1’ – the soundtrack to the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy – one of my favourite films of the 21st century so far.
The Epic 2017 Project #301: 171028
Sparks – Mael Intuition (1977)
Sparks formed in Los Angeles in 1972 with brothers Ron on keyboards and Russell Mael on vocals. Sparks’ music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell’s animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron’s deadpan scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael’s falsetto voice and Ron Mael’s keyboard playing style.
While achieving chart success in various countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the United States, they have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. During the late 1970s, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, Sparks reinvented themselves as a new wave/synth-pop band, and abandoned the traditional rock band line-up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, art-pop music.
Mael Intuition was a best of compilation released in 1977.
The Epic 2017 Project #260: 170917
Republica was the self-titled debut released in the USA on 30 July 1996 by RCA Records and in the UK on 5 October 1996 by Deconstruction Records.
Upon its release, Republica received generally positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success. It peaked at number four on the UK Album Charts. In the United States, it reached number 153 on the Billboard 200 and was also successful in other countries, such as Germany and New Zealand.
Three singles were released from the album: “Bloke” and two hit singles, “Ready to Go” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”.
The Epic 2017 Project #256: 170913
Red Snapper – Making Bones (1998)
Red Snapper was founded in London in 1993 by Ali Friend (double bass), Richard Thair (drums), and David Ayers (guitar). The three core members are also joined by various guest musicians and vocalists on different records. Since the 2007 reunion Tom Challenger (saxophone) has also been a member of the band. Music journalist Jason Ankeny of Allmusic characterises their sound…
the British acid jazz trio [are] notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic instruments and electronic textures
Making Bones was their second studio album released in 1998. For this one they were joined by jungle MC Det, Byron Wallen the jazz trumpeter and singer Alison David.
Here’s ‘The sleepless’