Sunday, May 29, 2011

Talking Heads -- True Stories

...and here's the full True Stories record. This is the soundtrack to Byrne's "completely cool multi-purpose movie" of the same name starring a young John Goodman, Spalding Gray, Pops Staples, and Byrne himself. It's based on "true" stories he read in tabloid papers like The National Enquirer and so are all the songs on this "soundtrack". I put soundtrack in quotes because these aren't the same recordings that are in the movie. Where we see Goodman, Staples, and choirs of small children singing these songs in the movie, this record is all(thankfully) David Byrne and the Talking Heads. Not that the versions of the songs in the movie aren't any good, quite the contrary, but it's just really amazing to hear these songs performed by the Talking Heads too. This is also the record the band Radiohead owes their name to. Stand outs include "Dream Operator," "Radio Head," "Love for Sale," "Puzzlin' Evidence," "People Like Us," and, of course, "Wild, Wild Life."

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