When I was a teenager, I wanted to go to Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) because that is where the Talking Heads formed.
See if you recognize some very young and famous people in the Wild Wild Life video.
For your listening pleasure.
I’m so excited to see that Chris Frantz is releasing a Talking Heads memoir this may called “Remain in Love“.
Here’s a description of the 320-page Remain In Love:
One of the most iconic bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Talking Heads distinguished themselves from the ultra-cool Rolling Stones, the chaotic Sex Pistols, and glam rockers like David Bowie. They burst onto the scene when Frantz’s girlfriend Tina Weymouth taught herself to play bass and joined him and lead singer David Byrne, playing at CBGBs and touring Europe with the Ramones. Their hits from ‘Psycho Killer’ to ‘Burning Down the House’ to ‘Wild, Wild Life’ captured the post-baby boom generation’s intense, affectless style. Their Jonathan Demme-directed concert film Stop Making Sense remains a classic. Frantz’s and Weymouth’s creativity surged with Tom Tom Club, bringing an Afro-Caribbean beat to their fresh hits like ‘Genius of Love.’
Remain in Love is studded with memorable names from the era: Grace Jones, Andy Warhol, Stephen Sprouse, Lou Reed, John Cale, Richard Hell, Twyla Tharp, Brian Eno, Debbie Harry, and many more. Beautifully written with immersive vivid detail, the book moves from the rooms where the songs were made―including Providence, RI and the Chrystie Street loft Frantz, Weymouth, and Byrne shared―to the meals eaten and the clothes worn, right to the dynamics of a long and complicated working relationship with a mercurial frontman.
With the sense of place and time that characterized Patti Smith’s book Just Kids, Remain in Love is as frank and open as autobiographies from rockers Neil Young and Keith Richards.
Be well everyone!
Peace & Love, Holly
Talking Heads photo – photographer unknown