Talking Heads: Naked poll

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yeah i'm thinking true stories has to be to blame except it didn't fail (or at the time wasn't regarded as such) - time mag cover, first rolling stone cover (after time mag cover lol), BIG hit w/ 'wild wild life', get's 4th in rolling stone crit list, much lower in p&j but still bizarrely high (someone who cares about rock criticism and esp rockcrit polls should do a thing on critical inertia, more interesting, influential on final tallies, telltale sign of a hackdom, and revealing look into the crit cw of a certain time than tokenism)(someone = matos obv). maybe by naked some overcorrection to true stories/little creatures (which WON p&j and topped rolling stone list - CRAZY even if 85 is a weak year for albums) has set in and the only ppl still caring about talking heads at that point are ones who totally bought into the 'back to basics' little creatures/true stories sound and so naked moving away from basics really didn't connect. plus by this point everyone knew this band was dying w/ a whimper and dead band walking albums get slighted even when they're great (cf. trompe le monde) which naked definitely wasn't. then again this thing had a solid if unspectacular finish in the 88 p&j so what i'm remembering as 'it wasn't relevant/discussed at the time' may be 'it wasn't relevant to/discussed by 13 yr old me at the time' when i'm way way way more interested in def leppard and luke skyywalker and sonic youth and new jack swing and inxs and whatever house i can hear on the radio and rakim and pixies and trying to find a copy of the black album and public enemy public enemy public enemy public enemy.

balls, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 04:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

just to clarify, when I said True Stories failed I meant the movie, not the album.

da croupier, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

with the band already running on fumes crit-wise, his failure to become King Of All Quirky Media couldn't have helped

da croupier, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

da croupier, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

They went from being counterculture to being culture. "The Big Country" leads into "(Nothing But) Flowers", but "Wild, Wild Life" is kind of their "Shiny, Happy People."

Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

That above cartoon basically doubles as a review of Naked

da croupier, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

where did my post go? weird. anyway, there is a fair amount of not good material here, but the stuff that is good is great. flower, blind, mr jones, ruby dear, cool water. yeah it sounds and feels more like a david byrne solo album. I don't listen to this very much, but it's better than LIttle Creatures or True Stories.

akm, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've got a soft spot for the Democratic Circus, but my fave like many is Nothing But Flowers.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Rob Sheffield got this one right in the blue RS Album Guide: by '88 it was much easier to find Franco & Rochereau albums in record stores.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

speaking of corrections:

Naked [Sire, 1988]

Where Paul Simon appropriated African musicians, David Byrne just hires them, for better and worse--this is T. Heads funk heavy on the horns, which aren't fussy or obtrusive because Byrne knew where to get fresh ones. What's African about it from an American perspective is that the words don't matter--it signifies sonically. The big exception is the glorious "(Nothing But) Flowers," a gibe at ecology fetishism that's very reassuring in this context. B+

Once in a Lifetime [Sire/Warner Bros./Rhino, 2003]

...Third disc loaded with True Stories and Naked, which I once thought overrated. I was wrong. They sucked. C

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also: Speaking in Tongues, Stop Making Sense, and Little Creatures are certified double platinum, while True Stories and Naked stopped at gold. Clearly they were stalling.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Cool Water" has been scaring the bejesus out of me for 20 years now. So that.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 14:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

was a swine trying to find this image. you still don't see it much

piscesx, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 17:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

such a great album. Nothing But Flowers for sure

lol @ that Friedman cartoon, forever associated in my mind with Graceland and this record

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Where Paul Simon appropriated African musicians, David Byrne just hires them,

I don't get this distinction? African musicians are all over Graceland, it's not like Simon did all those Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes vocals himself

another weird thing that's always stuck in my head about this album is the Mr. Jones video with the monkeywrench spewing water at the political convention.

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

no wait that video was for Blind

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah was gonna say. that video freaked me out way before I'd heard anything else by the Talking Heads.

listening to this album for the first time ever right now.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

video is here, though first I had to watch a skittles commercial with norma from twin peaks in it

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcuey1_talking-heads-blind_music

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

I bought this album my senior year of high school on the day of release, brought it to my AP English class, and we all lisened to it.

Bag Smart, Street Stupid (Eazy), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

so far it sounds good, but not really like a Talking Heads album? it has lots of horns, good thing I like horns.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

a poll for 'Sounds From True Stories' should be next! that was better than the actual album proper.

piscesx, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

i was able to find the American link that worked, they kind of hid it:

Bee OK, Thursday, 19 August 2010 01:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

a poll for 'Sounds From True Stories' should be next! that was better than the actual album proper.

Or a poll for which version from the movie is better than the Heads version from the album. Except the winner is so obviously Pops Staples' "Papa Legba" that there's no point in starting a thread.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 19 August 2010 01:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

i listened to most of this today. think of voting for "Totally Nude." i turned it off after awhile, the second side is really hard to get through at this point in time.

Bee OK, Saturday, 21 August 2010 04:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 21 August 2010 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Easily their 2nd worst album *cover* after True Stories.

piscesx, Sunday, 22 August 2010 00:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 22 August 2010 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

A rout!

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 August 2010 23:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

no votes for "Blind" or "Mr. Jones?" thought they should have received at least one vote each, but yeah the right song won.

Bee OK, Monday, 23 August 2010 00:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Can't really imagine too many people tempted to vote "Blind" or "Mr. Jones" ending up not voting for "(Nothing But) Flowers" TBH.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 23 August 2010 17:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

then again this thing had a solid if unspectacular finish in the 88 p&j so what i'm remembering as 'it wasn't relevant/discussed at the time' may be 'it wasn't relevant to/discussed by 13 yr old me at the time' when i'm way way way more interested in def leppard and luke skyywalker and sonic youth and new jack swing and inxs and whatever house i can hear on the radio and rakim and pixies and trying to find a copy of the black album and public enemy public enemy public enemy public enemy.

otm

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

This album was part of the batch of 8-albums-for-a-penny Columbia House subscription I signed up for when I got a CD player in 1987.

I overpaid for it.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^^ Byrne quote?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was in high school when Naked came out, and I loved it at the time. But the cool alterna kids didn't listen to them. The only people that did were me and my music geek friends. We'd smoke lots of dope, listen to Roxy Music, Lou Reed and the Talking Heads. What a shock there were no girls around.

I do distinctly remember an MTV promo for 120 Minutes that showed a clip of their new video Blind, referring to David Byrne as an "underground legend." So even back then he was being ushered nascent the adult alternative genre.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 17 February 2012 05:12 (2 years ago) Permalink


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