Anthony Keidis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Anthony Kiedis Inducts Talking HeadsAnthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers Inducts Talking Heads at the 2002 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Anthony Kiedis Inducts Talking Heads00:06:13
Talking Heads Acceptance Speech00:10:23
"Burning Down the House"00:03:59
Hall of Fame Essay
IN 1975, in New York City, at the back of a narrow, dark room called the Lower Manhattan
Ocean Club, a triad of misfits tentatively took the stage. Their leader announced in a reed-thin voice, “The name of this band is Talking Heads,” and then they launched into a devastating set.
The bass was pumped by a moppet who stared from fretboard to stage front through doleful eyes and blond bangs. The drum kit was pounded by a tousle-haired boy in a rugby shirt, whose unflinching ear-to-ear grin could be spied just above the hi-hat.
Up front, the wiry singer pulsed in place. His guitar swung from his neck like a noose; his resemblance to Tony Perkins only added to the menace. The trio could have been dropped from an alien aircraft, or taken a hard left off the Yellow Brick Road.
They taught me that music could be inspired by visual arts.
Photography: Jeff Rusnak
Cleveland, Ohio 44114