22.6.09

TALKING HEADS : 1975 Demos

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Splendid stuff this, Talking Heads' original 15-song demo tape, recorded by the fledgling 3-piece line-up (i.e. no Jerry Harrison as yet) for CBS Records in late '75, not too long after their live debut at CBGB's on 8th June, supporting The Ramones. A couple of these tracks were tided up for inclusion on the Sand In The Vaseline anthology back in 1992, but that's l-o-n-g out of print so I've bundled the entire set herein. This, needless to say, is how I prefer my Talking Heads - in their nervous, scrawny lo-fi glory. Bassist Tina Weymouth reputedly (spuriously, I hope) familiarised herself both songs & instrument in the taxi on her way over to this session - hence their anxious, somewhat prudent disposition perhaps? However, as all the nascent Heads' finest performances anxious & somewhat prudent, that's fine by moi. No "1-2-3 Red Light" unfortunately, though you'll find it here as part of a nifty Max's live set from late 1976. Like I said, splendid stuff...
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