TALKING HEADS NAKED 12" LP Vinyl Album

Gatefold Cover

"Naked," the Talking Heads' 1988 album, marked the apex of their musical experimentation, heavily infused with African influences. As David Byrne assumed greater control, the album became a swan song, signaling the band's eventual hiatus and breakup in 1991. A sonic tapestry of rhythms, "Naked" remains a poignant finale, encapsulating the band's evolution and the end of an influential era in European musical history.

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TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album album front cover

"Naked" Album Description:

The year 1988 marked the culmination of an era for the Talking Heads, one of the pioneering bands of the new wave and post-punk movements. With the release of their eighth studio album, "Naked," the band delved into a musical landscape heavily influenced by African rhythms and polyrhythmic styles reminiscent of their earlier masterpiece, "Remain in Light." This album, however, would become a swan song, as it represented both a musical zenith and a prelude to the band's hiatus.

"Naked" showcased the Talking Heads' unique ability to assimilate diverse musical influences into their sound. The album's sonic palette drew heavily from African music, infusing it with a rich tapestry of rhythms and textures. This departure from their earlier works, while surprising to some, exemplified the band's commitment to musical exploration and experimentation.

The production of "Naked" was marked by a shift in the dynamics within the band. David Byrne, the frontman and creative force behind much of the Talking Heads' music, began to exert increasing control over the direction of the group. The result was an album that bore the unmistakable stamp of Byrne's artistic vision.

As the band navigated the creative process of "Naked," it became apparent that this would be their last studio album. The strains within the group had reached a breaking point, leading to the Talking Heads officially going on hiatus after the album's release. The dissolution of the band would be announced in 1991, marking the end of an era for the influential musical ensemble.

The year 1988, encapsulated within the notes and rhythms of "Naked," represented a crossroads for the Talking Heads. It was a time of musical exploration, innovation, and ultimately, the end of a remarkable chapter in the band's history. The influence of African music, so palpably present in the album, served as a fitting homage to the diverse sources that had fueled the Talking Heads' creative journey.

Music Genre:

 New Wave, Alternative 

Album Production Information:

 The album: "TALKING HEADS - Naked" was produced by: Steve Lillywhite and Talking Heads
Packaging: Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Record Label Information:

 Fly / Sire Records 1-2565  

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 430 gram  
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: TALKING HEADS - Naked
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • David Byrne – vocals, guitar, keyboards, toy piano, slide guitar
  • Chris Frantz – drums, keyboard percussion
  • Jerry Harrison – French piano, keyboards, tambourine, guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals
  • Tina Weymouth – bass, keyboards, electric organ, backing vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "TALKING HEADS - Naked"

The detailed tracklist of this record "TALKING HEADS - Naked" is:

  1. Blind – 4:58
  2. Mr. Jones – 4:18
  3. Totally Nude – 4:10
  4. Ruby Dear – 3:48
  5. (Nothing But) Flowers – 5:31
  6. The Democratic Circus – 5:01
  7. The Facts of Life – 6:25
  8. Mommy Daddy You and I – 3:58
  9. Big Daddy – 5:37
  10. Cool Water – 5:10

 

Front Cover Photo Of TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album album front cover

Photo Of The Back Cover TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album album back cover

Photo One Of The Inner Gatefold TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album inner gatefold cover

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TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album inner gatefold cover

Close up of record's label TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album Side One

 

TALKING HEADS - Naked FOC Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album enlarged record label
 

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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.