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Talking Heads

1949

Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1950

Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads is born in Coronado, California.

1951

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads is born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

1952

David Byrne of Talking Heads is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.

1974

David Byrne, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz sow the seeds of Talking Heads when they jointly move into a loft in New York from Rhode Island, where they’d been attending art school.

1975

Talking Heads perform their first gig at the New York punk club CBGB’s, where they open for the Ramones.

1976

Jerry Harrison makes his onstage debut with Talking Heads, expanding the trio to a quartet.

1976

Talking Heads sign with Sire Records after being courted by label president Seymour Stein.

1977

Talking Heads first single, “Love Goes to Building on Fire” b/w “New Feeling” – is released on Sire Records.

1977

Talking Heads perform in London, where they meet Brian Eno, late of Roxy Music. He will subsequently produce three Talking Heads albums and cut an album (’My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’) with David Byrne.

1977

‘Talking Heads ’77,’ the New Wave quartet’s debut album, is released. It contains “Psycho Killer,” an older song dating back to their days as the Artistics.

1978

‘More Songs About Buildings and Food,’ Talking Heads’ curiously titled second album, is released.

1979

“Take Me to the River,” Talking Heads’ remake of an Al Green song, peaks at #26. It is the first of three Top Forty hits for the band.

1979

‘Fear of Music,’ Talking Heads’ third album, is released. It includes the club hit “Life During Wartime” and reaches #21 on the album chart.

1980

Talking Heads introduces its expanded touring lineup – the original quartet plus five additional musicians, guitarist Adrian Belew and keyboardist Bernie Worrell (of Parliament/Funkadelic) among them – at a Canadian rock festival.

1980

Talking Heads’ groundbreaking ‘Remain in Light’ enters the album chart, where it will peak at #19 in March 1981.

1983

Talking Heads’ fifth album, ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ is released. It becomes their highest-charting album, rising to #15 and launching the Top Ten hit “Burning Down the House.”

1983

Talking Heads film a live concert, with Jonathan Demme directing, at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. It is released in the fall of 1984 as the film and album ‘Stop Making Sense.’

1985

‘Little Creatures,’ Talking Heads’ first studio album in two years, is released. It features a striking cover illustration by renowned Georgia folk artist Howard Finster.

1986

Talking Heads’ ‘True Stories,’ featuring songs from the movie of the same name, written and directed by David Byrne – enters the album chart. It yields the hit single “Wild Wild Life” (#25).

1988

‘Naked,’ Talking Heads’ eighth and last studio album, is released. The album was recorded in Paris with African musicians.

1991

David Byrne announces Talking Heads’ dissolution in an interview in the ‘Los Angeles Times.’

1992

‘Popular Favorites 1976-1992 – Sand in the Vaseline,’ a two-CD anthology including previously unreleased and newly recorded tracks, is released.

2002

Talking Heads are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the seventeenth annual induction dinner. Anthony Kiedis is their presenter.