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TALKING HEADS - Popular Favorites 1976-1992/Sand In the Vaseline


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At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically ... Read more in Amazon's Talking Heads Store

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  • Audio CD (October 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sugar On My Tongue
2. I Want To Live
3. Love/Building On Fire
4. I Wish You Wouldn't Say That
5. Psycho Killer
6. Don't Worry About The Government
7. No Compassion
8. Warning Sign
9. The Big Country
10. Take Me To The River
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Life During Wartime (Live)
2. Girlfriend Is Better (Live)
3. And She Was
4. Stay Up Late
5. Road To Nowhere
6. Wild Wild Life
7. Love For Sale
8. City Of Dreams
9. Mr. Jones
10. Blind
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Released four years after the Talking Heads called it a day with 1988's Naked, Popular Favorites provides a thorough overview of one of the most important American bands of the '80s. From tightly wound early efforts such as "Psycho Killer" and "Don't Worry About the Government" to the seriously funky likes of "I Zimbra" and "Burning Down the House," David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, and Chris Franz grew as musicians as they stretched the original concepts of the unit to the breaking point. Over the course of two discs and 32 selections, the anthology chronicles the Heads' development from Bowery art punks (albeit of the most civil stripe) to unlikely arena stars. A smattering of unreleased tracks and notes from the original quartet nicely flesh out the retrospective. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

The Talking Heads were a fantastic band.
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If you want to get way into the Heads this would be a great place to start.
Rex Langley
It's wonderful stuff, and this is a good collection of this great band.
"origen"

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on December 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'll start off by saying that I am not the world's biggest Talking Heads fans. But I do like a lot of their individual songs, and they are to be commended for putting together one of the best ever anthology albums. This is appreciated for those of us who want all the best material without having to shell out major coin for a box set full of excess material we don't want. At two discs and 33 songs, covering every one of their studio albums, "Sand in the Vaseline" uncanilly manages to hit the all the highlights. Everything essential is here, from early successes like "Love--Building on Fire" and "Psycho Killer" to late career successes such as "Wild Wild Life" and "(Nothing But) Flowers."
Overall, this is a perfect album for the casual fan. My hat is off to the Heads.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on June 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Few groups merged the disposable bubblegum pop of the Ohio Express with the hypnotic dance-funk of the Ohio Players. Talking Heads lead singer/ writer/guitarist David Byrne, who in the liner notes ranked the Jackson 5's "Get It Together" with the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper," saw New Wave as a synthesis of those styles. The Talking Heads, with cryptic lyrics and art-rock presentation, led that sound, and became one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years.
"Sand In The Vaseline" chronicles their career. Drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth studied 70s funk albums like textbooks, giving it right back to George Clinton in rave-ups like "Wild, Wild Life," "Burning Down The House," and the hits from 1985's "Little Creatures." ("And She Was," "Stay Up Late").
Byrne's lyrics were often misunderstood; evangelical Christians bristled over his vision of heaven as "where nothing ever happens." (Wait 'till they read his liner notes on "Take Me To The River.")But his stories often shifted from dark ("Life During Wartime," "Psycho Killer," unleashed during 1977's Summer of Sam) to whimsical ("Nothin' But Flowers").
Not every experiment is successful ("Love For Sale" falls flat; Frantz found "City of Angels" "relaxing." You'll find it boring). But all of it intrigues, and hearing it again reminds you of rock and rap artists today influenced by the Heads, payback for the group's own roots. In her portion of the liner notes, Weymouth thanks her bandmates for "never, ever, being boring.") With rare exceptions, she was correct, and "Sand In The Vaseline" is highly musical, compelling proof. Recommended.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
So, I guess you would say I'm a jerk for saying this but what happened to music? I wasn't alive during the 80's and I have grown up with the "music" of the 90s and early 2000s. I don't really listen to it anymore because I have discovered that this is around. Honestly, find me a rap cd that has the contingency of "And she was", "Burning down the house", "Psycho Killer", or their cover of "Take me to the river". Talking heads are amazing. Their instruments sound GOOD together, not just like a heavy metal bang. Oh, and have you noticed there's actually a tune to the song, making it possible to whistle it? These two cds cover just about every category of loudness, some uprising, some moderate, and some that lull you to sleep. This is completely amazing that this one band is able to create such a beautiful, yes beautiful, mix of noise. do yourself a favor and buy this cd to save music!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on October 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you want to know why Talking Heads are SUCH an influential band (and still light years ahead of much of what passes for music today), this must be the place! You get some amazing electicism, from the frenetic funk of "Crosseyed and Painless" to the Latin tinge of "Mr. Jones." Obviously, once you sample the appetizers here, it should lead you to some meaty main courses like "Remain in Light," "Speaking in Tongues" and the underrated "Naked." Still, this is the best TH for a road trip when you can only take so much of one artist. Now that I think about it, TH should be the soundtrack for ANY road trip, even if you're on the road to nowhere.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JGM on October 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This 2-disc set spans, somewhat uncomfortably, the boundary between a greatest-hits collection (targeted at the casual fan) and a retrospective box set (targeted at the completist). Nearly all of the band's well-known hits are here (with the odd exception of "Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town"), padded out to double-CD length with live cuts and non-album tracks. The result is completely listenable, as the boundary between the group's quirky art-rock days and their FM-radio heyday falls nicely between discs, but new fans might consider the later, single-disc hits collection a better value while fans wanting to go deeper will seek out the recent DualDisc re-releases which feature lots of bonus tracks.

It's all great stuff, however, with the first disc showcasing the band's uncanny ability to merge art tendencies with pop instinct even as they were mastering their instruments, and the second bringing key tracks from some of the less-heard later albums to light.

Of special note is the superb re-mastering job by Bob Ludwig, which gives the early songs a punch and presence missing from the prior releases.
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