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Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues RIAA Certified Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Steve Appleford

Observe as David Byrne finally learns to dance. Non-Western sounds and funky rhythms had infected Talking Heads music prior to this 1983 pop breakthrough, but Speaking in Tongues is where the beat truly gels. The band's quirky, nerdy persona somehow blends easily with music borrowed from the African Diaspora on "Stop Making Sense" and "Burning Down the House." The album also marks one of the last true band collaborations, before Byrne reduced his partners to mere sidemen. If their edgier early albums now sound more challenging and unique in hindsight, Speaking in Tongues at least documents the New York quartet's singular blend of World Beat, art school rock, and the always irresistible dancefloor.

1. Burning Down the House6. Swamp
2. Making Flippy Floppy7. Moon Rocks
3. Girlfriend Is Better8. Pull up the Roots
4. Slippery People9. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
5. I Get Wild: Wild Gravity


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Artist: Talking Heads

Released: June 1, 1983

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum

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