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Published: 2004/02/13

Talking Heads: Back and Forth

Following the release of last year’s nerdily lavish Once In A
Lifetime box set, the Talking Heads continue to pepper the racks with
new and old music. On March 16th, Nonesuch Records will release Grown
Backwards, Heads’ frontman David

Byrne’s debut on the famed avant-garde label (an imprint of Elektra
Records, which – in turn – is a subsidiary of the Time-Warner empire). The
disc follows last year’s Lead Us Not Into Temptation, a mostly
ethereal instrumental soundtrack to the film Young Adam, released on
Thrill Jockey. Grown Backwards – which includes covers of two
operatic arias (Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Un di Felice, Eterea’ and Georges Bizet’s
‘Au Fond du Temple Saint’) as well as Nashville indie faves Lambchop’s ‘The
Man Who Loved Beer’ – finds the normally world-beat obsessed singer focusing
on rich arrangements, accompanied throughout by the Tosca Strings. On March
17th, Byrne will celebrate the release with a show at Joe’s Pub in
After an autumn trip to London, drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina
Weymouth continue to lay down tracks for the next Tom Tom Club album at The Clubhouse in

Connecticut. In the meantime, Weymouth confirmed that The Name of This
Band Is…, Talking Heads’ 1982 double-live album will finally be
released on CD by Rhino Handmade (also owned by, surprise, Warner), who also
issued Once In A Lifetime. Released as a stop-gap between 1980’s
Remain In Light and 1983’s Speaking In Tongues – when the
future of the band seemed to be up in the air – the long out-of-print,
four-sided affair featured sets of the band recorded as a quartet (recorded
in November 1977 and November 1979) and an expanded eight-piece (recorded in
August and November 1980, and February 1981). No release date has been set. Reporting by Jesse Jarnow

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