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Talking Heads — The Lady Don't Mind
Album: Little Creatures
Avg rating:
7.4

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1630









Released: 1985
Length: 3:51
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Last time she jumped out the window
Well, she only turned and smiled
You might think she would say something
But you'd have to wait a while

Well, the lady don't mind
No, no, no, the lady don't mind
She just turns her head and disappears
And I kinda like that style

Little boat floats on the river
It's drifting through a haze
She floats by whenever she wants to
Well, there she goes again

Well, it's no trouble at all
No, no, no trouble at all
Well, what she does is all right with me
And I kinda like that style

Come on, come on, I go up and down
I like this curious feeling
I know, I see, It's like make-believe
Cover your ears so you can hear what I'm saying
I'm not lost, but I don't know where I am
I got a question
All right, all right, this is what we like
Who knows, who knows what I'm thinking?

She says love is not what she's after
But everybody knows
Each time she looks in the mirror
Well, she lets her feelings show

Well, the lady don't mind
No, no, no, the lady don't mind
She just turns around and disappears
And I kinda like that style

Uh-oh, uh-oh, here we go again
I don't know, Don't know what I'm sayin'
Hey man, hey man, I sure don't feel the same.
She likes to say what she's feeling
Hey, did I get a big surprise?
I know you think so
Come on, come on, she says anything
Who knows, who knows what she's thinking?

Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
Uh-oh, uh-oh
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 treatment_bound wrote:
This was their "Brothers In Arms".  Who could have guessed 4 quirky art students went from playing in front of 40 people at CBGB to selling over 2 mil. copies of an album.
 
It helps that this and Brothers In Arms were topping the charts at the same time.  They dominated in '85.
 treatment_bound wrote:
This was their "Brothers In Arms".  Who could have guessed 4 quirky art students went from playing in front of 40 people at CBGB to selling over 2 mil. copies of an album.
 
Well, three art students.  Jerry Harrison was an architecture student (and played with The Modern Lovers) in Boston several years before he joined the Talking Heads.
Huge TH and DB fan, seen the band 3 times at SPAC.  Superb shows, all of them.  I still am hoping for a reunion, if they can get past their personalities and pride.
Oh my, I absolutely adore that song. <3
 lemmoth wrote:
I have a special place in my heart for this record.

 
Sorry, there's a special place in hell for this album. The edgy, New Wave TH and the African Eno TH were gone at this point and they were fairly boring.
 lemmoth wrote:
I have a special place in my heart for this record.

 
me too.
 aspicer wrote:
Their last good album before they totally splintered into samba and Naked.....

 
There's nothing wrong with NAKED - It is a great album!!! Just need to listen a few more times
Their last good album before they totally splintered into samba and Naked.....
 lemmoth wrote:
I have a special place in my heart for this record.

 
I believe I do too...it always leads me back to a great time of my life...esp. this track...
This was their "Brothers In Arms".  Who could have guessed 4 quirky art students went from playing in front of 40 people at CBGB to selling over 2 mil. copies of an album.
They are the great! Always have been and always will be.
.... a very good 9
Ugh. I can tolerate TH more than I can tolerate solo DB. So, I'll take it.
So far removed from their greatness. Difficult to listen to.
Mannered, not very edgy, and somewhat needy. 

He's forgotten his own admonition: "I don't have to prove / that I am creative."
I have a special place in my heart for this record.
TH/DB have had a disproportionate run here on RP for many years.

Insta-, as usual. 
 user4176 wrote:
TH always evoke that particular feeling inside of me that life on this planet is "hopeless, but not serious" :)

I like that strange melancholy (especially in Road to Nowhere, but basically in all their songs) mixed with an equally strange feeling that there is hope that everything turns out to be good, no matter how it looks at the moment.

 
That pretty much sums up the world-view of twenty somethings in the early 80's in NYC. Basically how things turned out too.
TH always evoke that particular feeling inside of me that life on this planet is "hopeless, but not serious" :)

I like that strange melancholy (especially in Road to Nowhere, but basically in all their songs) mixed with an equally strange feeling that there is hope that everything turns out to be good, no matter how it looks at the moment.
Damn if this isn't one of Bill/Rebecca's finest sequences:

Other Lives - For 12
Alt-J - Bloodflood
Woodkid - I Love You
Eels - Woman Driving, Man Sleeping
Talking Heads - The Lady Don't Mind

Incredible blend of old/new groove-based experimental alternative.  

And this is why I never can listen to Pandora/iTunes Radio or any other computer generated radio station for more than 20 minutes... 



Agreed.
 

Papasmeg wrote:
This has stood the test of time. It was good its now great.IMHO
 

 


 Zigi wrote:

Quoting the rating distribution is very relevant since there have been a couple of posts in this thread claiming that everybody here hates the Talking Heads, which is obviously not the case. There is a lot of hate in paradise...



 
Indeed... there, sadly, is.
This has stood the test of time. It was good its now great.IMHO
 
his voice sounds constipated. syncopated but constipated. a strain.
"The lady is not for turning."


 Cynaera wrote:
I'm going on record to say that I don't own a single Talking Heads album, in any form. But lately, I've been liking everything I've heard here at RP. I'm sure TH are an acquired taste, so apparently, I'm finally acquiring a taste for them. Quirky, funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes, dance-inspiring.

Say what you want (and I know you will!) - I'm really starting to love this band.
 

Start with Stop Making Sense.  See the movie, even.  You'll be fully converted.  Then buy this album, and then work your way backwards through their catalog.

You're welcome.  ;)

A fantastic album.     And a great mind.
 
 I couldn't agree more....if you want to be foul mouthed and write like a 13 year old boy, stick to writing your comments on YouTube. 

ScottFromWyoming wrote:
 

You're right, of course, but I was mostly protesting the bathroom humor that passes for criticism, especially when it comes to Talking Heads. I don't care what you like or don't like but what does being foul do for your cause? 
 


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
 

You're right, of course, but I was mostly protesting the bathroom humor that passes for criticism, especially when it comes to Talking Heads. I don't care what you like or don't like but what does being foul do for your cause? 
 
"Cause"? I'm not aware of any anti-Byrne campaigns and wouldn't join one if there were one. Just letting off steam, man, just like the rest of the stiffs on this board. Cred to Byrne for being innovative, and a great songwriter, but his voice always provokes a leap to the mute button. The chatterati love him to bits, I know, so maybe it's my loss.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Okay, I love Talking Heads and an awful lot of Byrne's solo stuff. But the problem with this sort of "support" is that you descend to the level of the criticism with which you disagree. Or as my Uncled Ned once said, "Don't argue with a fool, boy. Folks can't tell the difference."
 
 fredriley wrote:

Which reminds me of the old slogan: "Eat sh1t - a billion flies can't be wrong". And no, I don't regard TH or Byrne as sh1t, I just don't think a popularity poll is in itself evidence of how good or not an artist is. Neither is there a "right" or "wrong" musical judgement - one person's Sucko-Barfo is the next's Godlike, a statement of the bleedin' obvious yet which seems to need continually restating on this board.  Personally, I've respect for him as a songwriter and innovator, it's his voice that gets right on my tits. Much the same as Neil Young's and Bob Dylan's do, two other exceptional writers. 

  

You're right, of course, but I was mostly protesting the bathroom humor that passes for criticism, especially when it comes to Talking Heads. I don't care what you like or don't like but what does being foul do for your cause? 
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm going on record to say that I don't own a single Talking Heads album, in any form. But lately, I've been liking everything I've heard here at RP. I'm sure TH are an acquired taste, so apparently, I'm finally acquiring a taste for them. Quirky, funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes, dance-inspiring.

Say what you want (and I know you will!) - I'm really starting to love this band.
 

YOU DON'T OWN ANY TALKING HEADS ALBUMS???   {#Beat}
 WonderLizard wrote:

Okay, I love Talking Heads and an awful lot of Byrne's solo stuff. But the problem with this sort of "support" is that you descend to the level of the criticism with which you disagree. Or as my Uncled Ned once said, "Don't argue with a fool, boy. Folks can't tell the difference."
 
OMG, that's SO funny AND brilliant!!!
fun.

arty literate fun.
Daang. First few seconds I heard the Lost boys soundtrack and went to up the volume. 
Not hating the TH, just a bit meh. ;) 
I agree that THeads are an acquired sound, but as time goes on David Byrne's musical genius becomes clearer.  He is one of the important people in music.  My teen years were spent listening to Stop Making Sense, really loud- phenomenal.  Anyone who has not seen the amazing concert movie, must!!
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm going on record to say that I don't own a single Talking Heads album, in any form. But lately, I've been liking everything I've heard here at RP. I'm sure TH are an acquired taste, so apparently, I'm finally acquiring a taste for them. Quirky, funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes, dance-inspiring.

Say what you want (and I know you will!) - I'm really starting to love this band.
 
Me too.  You said it!

I'm going on record to say that I don't own a single Talking Heads album, in any form. But lately, I've been liking everything I've heard here at RP. I'm sure TH are an acquired taste, so apparently, I'm finally acquiring a taste for them. Quirky, funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes, dance-inspiring.

Say what you want (and I know you will!) - I'm really starting to love this band.
I understand a lot of folks don't like TH.  I do.
And, as Fredriley said:
one person's Sucko-Barfo is the next's Godlike, a statement of the bleedin' obvious yet which seems to need continually restating on this board.

Yup.
 lemmoth wrote:

Can't disagree more. This is one their finest moments and a personal fave with lots of meaning and memory.
 
Right on! I saw these folks (along with the Tom Tom Club) back in the day. Always relevant, always rhythmically bizarre (in a good way!), and always pushing the envelope of what it meant to be a rock and roll band. Bravo! {#Clap}
 dmax wrote:
There was a period where they became irrelevant, and this was it.
 


Can't disagree more. This is one their finest moments and a personal fave with lots of meaning and memory.
There was a period where they became irrelevant, and this was it.
Do you ever feel like the world is on your shoulders, and you're in your tighty-whities?  


sounds sped up a little. Is my hearing off? Maybe I just haven't heard this in years. Good tune.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Suck on this you annoyingly persistent foulmouthed and clearly wrong Talking Heads haters:

Ratings Dist:
1 votes: 8 (1.5%)2 votes: 9  (1.7%)3 votes:  20 (3.8%)4 votes:  12 (2.3%)5 votes:  16 (3.1%)6 votes:  43 (8.2%)7 votes:  90 (17%)8 votes:  184 (35%)9 votes:  111 (21%)10 votes:  30 (5.7%)


Total Ratings: 523

 
Okay, I love Talking Heads and an awful lot of Byrne's solo stuff. But the problem with this sort of "support" is that you descend to the level of the criticism with which you disagree. Or as my Uncled Ned once said, "Don't argue with a fool, boy. Folks can't tell the difference."
85 ~ god I'm old  lol
 fredriley wrote:

Which reminds me of the old slogan: "Eat sh1t - a billion flies can't be wrong". And no, I don't regard TH or Byrne as sh1t, I just don't think a popularity poll is in itself evidence of how good or not an artist is. Neither is there a "right" or "wrong" musical judgement - one person's Sucko-Barfo is the next's Godlike, a statement of the bleedin' obvious yet which seems to need continually restating on this board.  Personally, I've respect for him as a songwriter and innovator, it's his voice that gets right on my tits. Much the same as Neil Young's and Bob Dylan's do, two other exceptional writers.

 
Quoting the rating distribution is very relevant since there have been a couple of posts in this thread claiming that everybody here hates the Talking Heads, which is obviously not the case. There is a lot of hate in paradise...


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Suck on this you annoyingly persistent foulmouthed and clearly wrong Talking Heads haters:

Ratings Dist:
1 votes: 8 (1.5%)2 votes: 9  (1.7%)3 votes:  20 (3.8%)4 votes:  12 (2.3%)5 votes:  16 (3.1%)6 votes:  43 (8.2%)7 votes:  90 (17%)8 votes:  184 (35%)9 votes:  111 (21%)10 votes:  30 (5.7%)


Total Ratings: 523

 
Which reminds me of the old slogan: "Eat sh1t - a billion flies can't be wrong". And no, I don't regard TH or Byrne as sh1t, I just don't think a popularity poll is in itself evidence of how good or not an artist is. Neither is there a "right" or "wrong" musical judgement - one person's Sucko-Barfo is the next's Godlike, a statement of the bleedin' obvious yet which seems to need continually restating on this board.  Personally, I've respect for him as a songwriter and innovator, it's his voice that gets right on my tits. Much the same as Neil Young's and Bob Dylan's do, two other exceptional writers.

Suck on this you annoyingly persistent foulmouthed and clearly wrong Talking Heads haters:

Ratings Dist:
1 votes: 8 (1.5%)2 votes: 9  (1.7%)3 votes:  20 (3.8%)4 votes:  12 (2.3%)5 votes:  16 (3.1%)6 votes:  43 (8.2%)7 votes:  90 (17%)8 votes:  184 (35%)9 votes:  111 (21%)10 votes:  30 (5.7%)


Total Ratings: 523

Great to groove to! Thanks Bill, keep up the good stuff!
Ah, it's that typically 'eh-oh' guitar style that warns me that David Byrne's going to warble again. And the mute goes on...
 peter_james_bond wrote:
                                              Smile
 
                                                            {#Fight}
                                                        Talking,,,,Not Talking
{#Whisper},,(i'm on your side.)
Sometimes when the comments don't match the rating i just have to drop in a message reminding those with no taste that just cause you moan the most it don't make you right.  One of the truly great albums of all time and an absolute classic track from it to boot.
 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
  Tosser


Smile
 crockydile wrote:
My Fave TH song! {#Dancingbanana_2} And for you haters out there...{#Moon}
  Mmmhmm!


A 7.4 rating despite all the whiners!

SO SICK OF DAVID BYRNE!!!!!!



 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 
witty.

My Fave TH song! {#Dancingbanana_2} And for you haters out there...{#Moon}
Time for a bathroom break.
I'm sure glad RP plays the Talking Heads. I love their music! {#Sunny}
 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 
Yes, and I'm damn proud to be one of them....


 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 

OH, Contrar (sp?)....the nay sayers are just more prone to writing...look at the rating bar graph....a STRONG 7
 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 
Not everyone. {#Cowboy}
 Pyro wrote:
So glad I'm guaranteed not to hear another TH song after this one.  I can manage one song without muting or changing the station...Byrne just grates my nerves.
 
{#Headache}

8 just for the college party memories.

{#Dancingbanana}


 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 

Not everyone...
So glad I'm guaranteed not to hear another TH song after this one.  I can manage one song without muting or changing the station...Byrne just grates my nerves.
 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 
Not everyone.

 marcucho wrote:
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 

Not everyone...
 On_The_Beach wrote:

So you hate the music but you stay tuned. Guess you like suffering.

 

There's always the next song on the playlist.  Do you turn away everytime a song you don't like is played?
it all seems that everyone here hates the Talking Craps...
 jagdriver wrote:
Talking Heads —>  {#Puke}<— David Bryne
 
So you hate the music but you stay tuned. Guess you like suffering.

This amazing album helped me survive a very difficult period of my life.  It gave me hope, helped me cope with my ... heavy load. <sorry George>

Anyway - I've always loved this song.

9
How much Talking Heads can a girl take?  {#No}


 jjbix wrote:
how do I spell tedious?  B-Y-R-N-E
 

Yep.  Talking Heads: "Just say no."
This gentleman doesn't mind this song. {#Jump}


 ThePoose wrote:


Yeah, Bill loves giving Heads.

 

{#Roflol}
 ThePoose wrote:


Yeah, Bill loves giving Heads.

 

LMFAO{#Roflol}
how do I spell tedious?  B-Y-R-N-E
fredriley wrote:
"beep-beep" - not the best Roadrunner impression I've ever heard ;-). Then yer man follows it up with a Tellytubbies impression ("uh-oh, uh-oh").



Not to pick too much but this came out before the Tellytubbies were a twinkle in Andrew Davenport's eyes.

 That_SOB wrote:
I agree and that would just be the first set...
LA or NYC phone book ?
 
Both. {#Music}
 ThePoose wrote:
Without the Talking Heads, the RP playlist would be much-diminished: Bill loves Byrnin' down the house.
 

Yeah, Bill loves giving Heads.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmmm, nice to see this page isn't dominated by the usual Heads-bashing!
 
Let me help you out with that.

Talking Heads —>  {#Puke}<— David Bryne
"beep-beep" - not the best Roadrunner impression I've ever heard ;-). Then yer man follows it up with a Tellytubbies impression ("uh-oh, uh-oh").

 

 Oh ya-hoe  ya-hoe    David is always wecome at our parties .. Just stuff him in the DVD !

 


{#Cowboy} I knda like this style. Hard to believe this albums nearly 18 years old. 

fingerpin wrote:
The guy could sing the whole phone book and I think I'd stick around just to see where it might go. :bounce:
I agree and that would just be the first set... LA or NYC phone book ?
will last forever... :yell: yeah, yeah, yeah...
:bananasplit: EXCELLENT !
The guy could sing the whole phone book and I think I'd stick around just to see where it might go. :bounce:
:frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated:
On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmmm, nice to see this page isn't dominated by the usual Heads-bashing!
There's still time. :wink: Godlike, as usual. I think this is one of their best.
Hmmm, nice to see this page isn't dominated by the usual Heads-bashing!
A really good late TH album I think. Lots of good songs on there.
me like. *8*. reminds me of fingers in ears.... ~i can't hear you, i can't hear you~ Come on. come on. I go up and down. I like this curious feeling. I know, I see. It's like make believe. Cover your ears so you can't hear what I'm saying.
babagaga wrote:
the somewhat frequent talking heads and david byrne songs are some of my biggest pleasures on rp. thanks!
I absolutely agree. Thanks!! :dance:
handyrae wrote:
I really do like this song. I makes me want to get up and dance.
It IS a groovy tune.......... :dancingbanana:
Without the Heads, the RP playlist would be much-diminished: Bill loves Byrnin' down the house.
I really do like this song. I makes me want to get up and dance.
horstman wrote:
Gee, that's similar to your listening criteria. Likes and Dislikes. Expand your mind hippiechick. Maybe you should drop some acid or at least go for a walk on a sunny day. :stupid:
lol
THIS lady don't mind.
hippiechick wrote:
Gee...I almost made it thru a whole day without having to listen to Talking Heads. Sorry, but David Byrne gets on my nerves! He's only can sing in 2 notes.
Gee, that's similar to your listening criteria. Likes and Dislikes. Expand your mind hippiechick. Maybe you should drop some acid or at least go for a walk on a sunny day. :stupid:
the somewhat frequent talking heads and david byrne songs are some of my biggest pleasures on rp. thanks!
Gawd, I love this song. Can't explain why.
The segue from Kubb "Remain" was masterful.
Good stuff..........................................
Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
Playing this song six times in over four months is not exactly heavy rotation. I think that you are oversensitive in your aversion of the Talking Heads. This can be worked out in counciling, you know. No surgery or medication necessary, we hope!
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
oh oh oh oh oh oh says Rheana
hippiechick wrote:
Gee...I almost made it thru a whole day without having to listen to Talking Heads. Sorry, but David Byrne gets on my nerves! He's only can sing in 2 notes.
Open your mind.....let it flow.....
kazuma wrote:
Oh how I love the stuff before "Speaking in Tongues" but this is Talking Heads at their worst ... toothless, generic, and bland.
:think: hmmmm .. Disagree. It's very distinctive and powerful.
:dancingbanana_2: YES!!!!!!
Gee...I almost made it thru a whole day without having to listen to Talking Heads. Sorry, but David Byrne gets on my nerves! He's only can sing in 2 notes.
the fat lady is singing... :yell: :whipit:
Oh, man you have GOT to love Bill and RP! Crank up the Trow, jam the old Floyd bits bongo down to the new Guster the recently obscure Talking Heads, and long live The Shins! It's all in a day on RP. There is no place like it. Outside it's Tokyo... (no kidding, Akatsutsumi, Setagaya, in fact) cold and raining and inside it's RP on the Mac... and yes, I have assumed Standard Orbit. Ohhhmmmm...
Oh how I love the stuff before "Speaking in Tongues" but this is Talking Heads at their worst ... toothless, generic, and bland.
OH what a song - i love it! Ich liebe Talking Heads!
Very good song from a very good album. Love it, thanks! :sunny.gif: :bounce: