National Album Day: Remain In Light By Talking Heads

by | Oct 11, 2019 | National Album Day 2019

Almost thirty nine years to the day Talking Heads presented us with Remain In Light. I was hooked on these former art school students from the moment I heard Psycho Killer three years earlier but with Brian Eno working his production magic on this album it has never been far from my turntable.

With Once In A Lifetime the ridiculous image of David Byrne dancing in the oversized white suit during the 1983 Stop Making Sense tour always pops up in my mind. It is an album that draws on the influence of African rhythms, funk and experimental electronic sounds that makes it so unique. It is almost as if each band member is playing his own thing but it all comes together somehow, loose yet tight as hell. Side A with Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) followed by Crosseyed And Painless still sends shivers up my spine.

Whenever I need some me time this album allows me the space in which to drift. I am jealous of anyone listening to this album for the very first time as I remember the thrill of that experience. The thrill has never gone. 

Remain In Light by Talking Heads, 1980, chosen by photographer and writer Phil Honley.

By Phil Honley

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