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Real Live Wires


Real Live Wires

by Talking Heads

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This great live set captures Talking Heads at The Park West, in Chicago, in 1978. After playing a selection of showcases in Europe at the start of the year - and taking time-out to record their second album in the Bahamas - the group were amidst a tour criss-crossing the USA from New York to Los Angeles.After their first single, the group immediately expanded the line-up, adding Jerry Harrison (previously with Jonathan Richmans Modern Lovers) on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals. Their debut album, Talking Heads: 77 was released in September. All the songs, bar one, were written exclusively by David Byrne. The sole collaboration was the Byrne-Frantz-Weymouth number Psycho Killer, the albums stand-out cut, it was released as a single. Although it only reached number 92 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, it has gained the band a huge amount of recognition and airplay over the years. Other standout cuts include the exuberant The Book I Read, the Caribbean styling of Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town and the punchy but nimble New Feeling.

This broadcast recording, which includes all three singles by then released, together with the cream of the two albums other cuts, is a superb distillation of all that made Talking Heads such a unique and remarkable band.


1. The Big Country 5.15 

2. Warning Sign 4.23

3. The Book I Read 5.18 

4. Stay Hungry 3.13 

5. Artists Only 5.21 

6. The Girls Want To Be With the Girls 4.07 

7. Dont Worry About the Government 2.59 

8. The Good Thing 3.30 

9. Uh-Oh Loves Comes To Town 2.52 

10. Love-Building on Fire 2.59 

11. New Feeling 3.05 

12. Psycho Killer 6.02 

13. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel 2.04 

14. Take Me to the River 5.29