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The Best of Talking Heads

Review: Jack Foley

ANOTHER week, another greatest hits compilation - Christmas must be coming!

The Best of Talking Heads collects 18 of the group's most popular songs on a single disc and will probably rate as the definitive collection for followers of the bamd.

Compiled by the band, itself, the album includes all the old favorites, such as the edgy Psycho Killer, the timeless Once In A Lifetime, and the anthemic Road To Nowhere, as well as some unexpected selections like Heaven and Memories Can't Wait.

It is designed to provide new listeners with a perfect introduction to the group's ground-breaking work, as well as providing the loyal fanbase with all the hits on one CD.

For those who don't know, Talking Heads was formed by David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth after they met at Rhode Island School Of Design in the early 1970s.

Jerry Harrison, formerly of The Modern Lovers, joined in 1976 and Talking Heads quickly became one of the most important bands to emerge from the New York punk scene.

Over the course of their 11-year recording career, they released 10 albums (including five gold records, one platinum, and two double-platinum), earned critical acclaim, and racked up more than a few hits.

They've also been copied many times (Burning Down The House, which appears on the compilation, was given a Tom Jones makeover), as well as providing some killer soundtrack moments on countless movies.

Needless to say, a lot of the material sounds hopelessly dated now, especially some of the surprise choices (which represent the pick of past albums), but Byrne's freaky vocals remain as distinctive as ever, while there's no denying the influence Talking Heads have had on countless contemporary artists.

And even if some of the tracks fail to click with modern listeners, then there's no getting away from the sheer joy of listening to the classics - Road To Nowhere is made for long car journeys, and singing along to, while the brilliance of And She Was and Once In A Lifetime continues to put a smile on the face.

If nothing else, this album deserves to find a place in anyone's record collections for those tracks alone.

Click on the blip to listen to some audio of the album, the Once In A Lifetime video, plus a competition to win the entire Talking Heads back catalogue on CD (which extends to 12 albums).

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Track listing:
1. Love --> Building on Fire
2. Psycho Killer
3. Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town
4. Take Me to the River
5. Found a Job
6. Life During Wartime
7. Heaven
8. Memories Can't Wait
9. Once in a Lifetime
10. Houses in Motion
11. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
12. Girlfriend Is Better
13. Burning Down the House
14. Road to Nowhere
15. And She Was
16. Wild Wild Life
17. Blind
18. (Nothing But) Flowers

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