Slacker Logo

Remain in Light

Talking Heads 10/25/1990


The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain in Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain in Light had more words than any previous Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music. The album's single, "Once in a Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to a striking video, its inclusion in the band's 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, and its second single release (in the live version) because of its use in the 1986 movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, when it became a minor chart entry. Byrne sounded typically uncomfortable in the verses ("And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife/And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?"), which were undercut by the reassuring chorus ("Letting the days go by"). Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder. As it turned out, however, it marked the end of one aspect of the group's development and was their last new music for three years. ~ William Ruhlmann
Read More Read Less
  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) Talking Heads 5:43
  3. 2 Crosseyed and Painless Talking Heads 4:42
  4. 3 The Great Curve Talking Heads 6:22
  5. 4 Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads 4:16
  6. 5 Houses in Motion Talking Heads 4:28
  7. 6 Seen and Not Seen Talking Heads 3:24
  8. 7 Listening Wind Talking Heads 4:42
  9. 8 The Overload Talking Heads 6:0

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -
  • CHAT
Some UserSample Msg



Casting to |