Talking Heads Fear of Music 12" Vinyl LP Album

Talking Heads' 1979 release, "Fear of Music," epitomized the evolving sound of late 1970s new wave music. Produced with avant-garde influence by Brian Eno, the album blended punk, funk, and art rock. Standout tracks like "Life During Wartime" and "I Zimbra," inspired by Dadaist poetry, showcased the band's departure from conventional structures. The album's impact, though modest on charts, resonates as a pivotal work in experimental music history.

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"Fear of Music" Album Description:

The release of Talking Heads' "Fear of Music" 12" Vinyl LP Album in 1979 marked a significant moment in the landscape of new wave music. As the band's third studio album, it not only showcased their evolving sound but also solidified their status as innovators within the music industry.

The time period of the late 1970s was characterized by a musical climate undergoing rapid transformation. The punk rock movement had laid the groundwork for a more experimental and diverse approach to music. Against this backdrop, Talking Heads emerged with their unique blend of post-punk, new wave, and art rock elements.

"Fear of Music" reflected the band's willingness to push boundaries and explore unconventional sonic territories. Released during a time when the music industry was undergoing a shift towards more eclectic and experimental genres, the album captured the zeitgeist of the late 1970s.

Production-wise, the album was a testament to Talking Heads' collaboration with producer Brian Eno. Eno, known for his work with Roxy Music and as a pioneer in ambient music, brought his avant-garde sensibilities to the project. The result was a sonically rich and textured album that transcended the conventional boundaries of rock music.

The album's standout tracks, "Life During Wartime" and "I Zimbra," further exemplified Talking Heads' departure from conventional song structures. "Life During Wartime" blended punk energy with funk-infused rhythms, creating a politically charged and danceable anthem. Meanwhile, "I Zimbra" took inspiration from Dadaist poet Hugo Ball's work, infusing the album with a surreal and poetic dimension.

In terms of chart performance, "Fear of Music" reached #21 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, underscoring its commercial success. The singles from the album, although not massive chart-toppers, made their mark on various charts, with "I Zimbra" reaching #28 on Club Play Singles.

Music Genre:

  New Wave, Post Punk Rock 

Collector's info:

  Structured embossed album cover design resembling a black metal floor tiles. This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by The Talking Heads

Album Production Information:

  The album: "Fear of Music" was produced by: Brian Eno and the Talking Heads

Record Label Information:

  SIRE 200 880

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 200 gram  

Year & Country:

  1979 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Talking Heads Fear of Music
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • David Byrne vocals, guitars

      David Byrne a Scottish-American musician, singer, songwriter, and artist. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of the American rock band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Byrne's solo career began in the early 1980s, and he has released several albums and collaborated with various other musicians and artists. He has also been involved in various film, theater, and art projects throughout his career. In addition to his music, Byrne is known for his eclectic and experimental approach to songwriting and his distinctive stage presence. He has won several awards and accolades throughout his career, including an Academy Award for his work on the film "The Last Emperor" in 1988.

  • Chris Frantz drums
  • Jerry Harrison keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
  • Tina Weymouth bass, backing vocals
Track Listing of: "Fear of Music"

The Song/tracks on "Fear of Music" are

  • I Zimbra (Byrne, Brian Eno, Hugo Ball) 3:06
  • Mind 4:12
  • Paper 2:36
  • Cities 4:05
  • Life During Wartime (Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth) 3:41
  • Memories Can't Wait 3:30
  • Air 3:33
  • Heaven (Byrne, Harrison) 4:01
  • Animals 3:29
  • Electric Guitar 2:59
  • Drugs 5:13

 

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Record Label Details: SIRE 200 880

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Band Description:

The Talking Heads were a rock band formed in New York City in 1975. The band consisted of David Byrne (vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (guitar, keyboards, and vocals). They were known for their eclectic and experimental style, which incorporated elements of punk, funk, world music, and avant-garde art. They released several critically acclaimed albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.  

David Byrne a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and artist who is best known as the frontman of the rock band Talking Heads. He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Byrne co-founded Talking Heads in 1975 with Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. He was the lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the band, which became known for its eclectic and experimental style. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Byrne continued to release solo albums, collaborate with other musicians and artists, and pursue other creative projects. He is also known for his contributions to the world of contemporary art and his work as an author and film director.

Chris Frantz the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Talking Heads. He was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and raised in New York City. Frantz formed Talking Heads in 1975 with David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. He played drums and percussion in the band throughout its career. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Frantz continued to play music and has been a part of several other music projects. He and his wife, Tina Weymouth, co-founded the Tom Tom Club, which released several albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He also worked as a DJ and producer.

Tina Weymouth the bassist and co-founder of the rock band Talking Heads. She was born in Coronado, California, and raised in New York City. She formed Talking Heads in 1975 with David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison. As the bassist of the band, she played an important role in the development of the band's eclectic and experimental style. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Weymouth continued to play music and has been a part of several other music projects. She and her husband, Chris Frantz, co-founded the Tom Tom Club, which released several albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. She also worked as a DJ and producer.

Jerry Harrison the guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist of the rock band Talking Heads. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined Talking Heads in 1977 as a replacement for the band's original guitarist, Jerry Harrison played guitar and keyboards and sang backing vocals in the band, which became known for its eclectic and experimental style. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Harrison continued to play music, produce and collaborate with other musicians. He has released several solo albums and collaborated with various musicians and bands, such as The Modern Lovers and Jonathan Richman. He has also been involved in the production of several music records and has been active as a record producer, songwriter, and remixer.