—Road to Nowhere
Talking Heads’ Unreleased ‘Theme’ Song, Recorded in 1976
Recorded live at CBGB’s in New York City on July 30, 1976. Talking Heads (still a trio at that time) and Television both played two sets that night - this recording is from the second Talking Heads set.
I AM THE TALKING HEADS SANTA! ASK AND YE SHALL (probably) RECEIVE!
CHRIS FRANTZ HAS A FACEBOOK! You know what that means… old Talking Heads photos. xD
Chris seems like a very accessible, nice guy, but privately I always worry about the prospect of getting to know him because, even though I really resist the TEAM DAVID/TEAM WEYMOUTH-FRANTZ thing, I’m still a huge DB fan and ugh… politics. @_@
As a personal project, I decided I wanted to try and re-imagine Talking Heads album covers, just to see what I could come up with.
The first one on the list is Talking Heads: 77.
The cover for 77 was designed by David Byrne. It was just a florescent red block that said TALKING HEADS: 77 in bright green type that made your eyes bleed. I have always been curious as to why that colour for the type was picked. Was it for the visually jarring effect? It always made me uncomfortable, and I’m wondering if that was the point. I could rationalize it for days, but I’d really know what he was actually thinking when he picked it. Yellow type was used for the back, perhaps as a complement to the blue background in the photo.
For my version, I did not go with the green and yellow type, and just stuck with a red, black, and white monochrome. For the cover, I wanted to stick with the simplicity of the original.
Psycho Killer is the most significant track on the record, and it would have been very easy to bloody up the album art, turning it into a gruesome slasher poster (and I admit I did play around with that for fun). But the direction I went was a direct homage to a couple classic 1960 Psycho posters, using the crack for the cover as a nice graphic element to break up the space a bit, and pretty much an exact mock up of another for the back.
I think it all turned out pretty well.
If I ever had a chance to have an extended conversation with David Byrne, I’d ask him why the green type, and why the plaid shirt? Both baffle me.