What do you get when you mix three art school punks with a Harvard architecture grad? The Talking Heads of course. Born during the New York punk scene in 1975, the band consisted of David Byrne(vocals/guitar), Chris Frantz(drums), Tina Weymouth(bass), and Jerry Harrison(keyboards). Prior to Harrison joining in 1977, the trio had humble beginnings opening for the Ramones at the now-legendary CBGB. With an adventurist and experimental sound that fused funk and punk, African beats, avant-garde, and pop, Talking Heads were one of the first innovators of new wave music. Their 1977 debut album, Talking Heads:: 77 received positive reviews and a trio of Brian Eno-produced classics followed. Then in 1983, Talking Heads reached a commercial peak with Burning Down the House and subsequently released Stop Making Sense, a concert film featuring a live performance from the band.
Psycho Killer, a track off their debut album, was one of the songs included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. As the song was released during the same year as the Son of Sam serial killings, many believed Psycho Killer was inspired by those notorious events. The band, however, always insisted that was never the case.
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