Talking Heads - Fear of Music
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Release date: 04 October 2005
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- I Zimbra
- Life During Wartime
- Memories Can't Wait
- Electric Guitar
- Dancing for Money (unfinished outtake)
- Life During Wartime (alternate version)
- Cities (alternate version)
- Mind (alternate version)
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Talking Heads - Fear of Music: Wikipedia Album Entry
Principally recorded at Chris and Tina's loft, Long Island City, Queens, New York.
FEAR OF MUSIC is the point of transition between the angular art-school new wave of the Heads' early work and the P-Funk-inspired modalism of their early-'80s output. While there's nothing as funky or visionary as REMAIN IN LIGHT here, the album represents a step in a new direction. At the same time, the Heads' white-knuckled neuroticism is pushed to the extreme here. Almost unrelentingly dark and paranoid-sounding, the tunes find Byrne at his most Anthony Perkins-like, and the interplay of the guitars, even more syncopated and thoughtfully arranged than on the previous album, provides a pointillistic landscape on which Byrne can let his twitchy persona run free. From the tense espionage tale of "Life During Wartime" to the global disaffection of "Cities," Byrne and company seem wound so tight you wonder when they'll snap. One of the only places to look for breathing room here is the funky, African-sounding "I Zimbra," with its highlife-influenced guitars and tribal chanting. This tune also points the way to the mind-blowing innovations that were just around the corner on REMAIN IN LIGHT.
Talking Heads: David Byrne (vocals, guitar); Jerry Harrison (guitar, keyboards); Tina Weymouth (bass); Chris Frantz (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Robert Fripp (guitar); Gene Wilder, Ari (congas); Brian Eno (sound effects, background vocals); Julie Last, The Sweetbreathes (background vocals)
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Gadji beri bimba clandridi
Lauli lonni cadori gadjam
A bim beri glassala glandride
E glassala tuffu i zimbra
Time won't change you, money won't change you
I haven't got the faintest idea
Everything seems to be up in the air at this point
Hold the paper up to the light
Some rays pass right through
Expose yourself out there for a minute
Some rays pass right through
Think of London, small city
Dark, dark in the daytime
People sleep, sleep in the daytime
If they want to, if they want to
Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons
Packed up and ready to go
Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway
A place where nobody knows
Do you remember anyone here?
No you don't remember anything at all
I'm sleeping, I'm flat on my back
Never woke up, had no regrets
Everyone is trying to get to the bar
The name of the bar, the bar is called Heaven
The band in Heaven that plays my favorite song
Play it once again, play it all night long
I'm mad and that's a fact
I found out animals don't help
Animals think they're pretty smart
Shit on the ground, see in the dark
Electric guitar gets run over
By a car on the highway
This is a crime against the state
This is the meaning of life
And all I see is little dots
Some are smeared and some are spots
Feels like a murder but that's alright