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Talking Heads — Burning Down The House
Album: Speaking In Tongues
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Released: 1983
Length: 3:42
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Ah, watch out, you might get what you're after
Cool babies, strange, but not a stranger
I'm an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

Hold tight, wait till the party's over
Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here's your ticket, pack your bags
Time for jumpin' overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough, but not too far
Maybe you know where you are
Fightin' fire with fire

Ah, all wet, yeah, you might need a raincoat
Shape down, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hundred sixty-five degrees
Burning down the house, huh

Ah, it was once upon a place
Sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work
And, baby, what did you expect
Gonna burst into flames
Ah

Burning down the house

My house, s'out of the ordinary
That's right, don't want to hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

No visible means of support
And you have not seen nothing yet
Everything's stuck together
And I don't know what you expect
Staring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire
Ah
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 LeftShoe wrote:
What an amazingly complex soundscape. I just heard this an a high end sound system and I was truly impressed. I totally overlooked it up until now.
 

For one thing, this has more dynamic range than 10 or 20 average modern recordings. 
 Ugh! Can't. Keep. Still! Gotta. Move!
Tom Tom Club birthing!?
 thewiseking wrote:
DEAD FROM OVERPLAY

 
Like Led Zeplen??
DEAD FROM OVERPLAY
Bill! You play this song sooo much, can you play other TH tunes once in a while...{#Drunk}
 midget wrote:

Indeed!
I was just having such a nice RP work morning until this happened.
Why? Just why? 

 
average rating 7.5 hit PSD move on lmao {#Beat}
Legendary!{#Dancingbanana}
One of the BEST 80s songs in existence!!!  {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}
I hear the inventiveness, and all. But I still don't dig it.
 mafe wrote:
Heh this song makes me shake it in my little cubicle at work.
 
shake in cubicle
{#Cheers}    {#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}
 FrankRizzo wrote:

I never really looked into what happen after they all split up. Turns out most of them went on to pretty fulfilling careers. Never know some of the band members started the Tom Tom Club after the break up.

 
Bit late to the reply but... TTC was a side-project from Frantz and Weymouth dating from 81'.

 
 SeriousLee wrote:
This band always ruin the groove.

 
Indeed!
I was just having such a nice RP work morning until this happened.
Why? Just why? 
This band always ruin the groove.
 LeftShoe wrote:
What an amazingly complex soundscape. I just heard this an a high end sound system and I was truly impressed. I totally overlooked it up until now.
 
Yes this album and all of their catalogue sound fantastic on high end audio, and fortunately all of it is available in HiDef!  Highly recommended.
 aspicer wrote:
Genius Album....
 
You bet! The Heads at their best. I remember seeing them on SNL in the 70s and finding them interesting but I didn't really get into them that much till this song. Then I started really paying attention. Wish I'd have gotten on board earlier!
Genius Album....
If you have heard this somewhat recently, then it is super annoying song to hear again.

If you haven't heard this in awhile, then the first few notes will make you turn it up to 11 and wiggle your butt throughout the whole track. 
 VH1 wrote:
{#Dancingbanana}

 
What he said!
 LeftShoe wrote:
What an amazingly complex soundscape. I just heard this an a high end sound system and I was truly impressed. I totally overlooked it up until now.

 
So true!

Also, this song is a perfect example of how context while listening can really change the meaning...either having a house party or a pre-game/test/whatev listening to get jamming...this tune rocks!


What an amazingly complex soundscape. I just heard this an a high end sound system and I was truly impressed. I totally overlooked it up until now.
{#Dancingbanana}
 jagdriver wrote:

Yes, I had UP TO HERE to TH/DB years ago. It ceased being even slightly amusing after the 3rd hearing.

 
So did you.
My house, s'out of the ordinary
I've a radio on home TV set.
 Shimmer wrote:
Man, this brings me right back to 1983. I can't believe it's been nearly 20 years. Yikes.
 
And now it's well over 30.
 jagdriver wrote:

Yes, I had UP TO HERE to TH/DB years ago. It ceased being even slightly amusing after the 3rd hearing.

 
Agreed. Except for a few tunes heard a lot less often — here and on FM — there is not a lot of there there. 
 sirdroseph wrote:

One of those unremarkable songs that would be ok if rarely heard but when saturated becomes quite loathsome.

 
Yes, I had UP TO HERE to TH/DB years ago. It ceased being even slightly amusing after the 3rd hearing.
 radioparadise wrote:
this is just another take on the classic party song, just like "louie louie" or "shout" from animal house. sure it's cheesy, but it IS 80's syth-pop. you just have to enjoy it for what it is...
 

I read that this track was a reaction against the electronic scene at the time - ie burning down 'house music'. There was a lot of strong opinion at the time and many people saw the new electronic dance scene as soulless. I always thought that it was rather interesting when David Byrne then embraced electronic music later in his career when joining forces with mainstream house bands for tracks like 'Lazy'.
Nice!
 fredriley wrote:

Thanks, Dave - that's a much nicer listen than David "Teletubby" Byrne. Cute animals too :)

 
Absolutely hilarious.  
 DaveInVA wrote:


 
Thanks, Dave - that's a much nicer listen than David "Teletubby" Byrne. Cute animals too :)
Not my favorite version, but always a solid offering. 

One of those unremarkable songs that would be ok if rarely heard but when saturated becomes quite loathsome.


 kcar wrote:


 ziakut wrote:
This is not my beautiful home!




Adjustable rate mortgage and the house is still underwater five years later? Sorry, it's all yours! Betcha didn't know they made ball and chains that big!  

 
This is not my beautiful wife. (Divorce will do that)   {#Eh}
bigtime memories here! THANKS!
 ziakut wrote:
This is not my beautiful home!

 
Adjustable rate mortgage and the house is still underwater five years later? Sorry, it's all yours! Betcha didn't know they made ball and chains that big!  
 Bargamon wrote:

One of their best! 

This band had so much left in its tank. 

 
I never really looked into what happen after they all split up. Turns out most of them went on to pretty fulfilling careers. Never know some of the band members started the Tom Tom Club after the break up.

Tom Jones and the Cardigans do a wonderful cover of this song.  

One of their best! 

This band had so much left in its tank. 
This is not my beautiful home!
Playin' with matches here. Hey David Byrne...come over here...c'mon...open your mouth. Wait you already did! {#Fire}

Bill loves Byrnin' down the house.
I was shocked to discover that the Talking Heads final tour was actually their 1983 one. I could have sworn that they last toured in 86' or 88'. You know, as support for Amnesty Int. or something. Too bad.
amazing song...phrasing, drumming heavy...great. what a freaking shame that I cringe everytime I hear it for the 12,000,000,000th time. not your fault RP, the damage is done. deeper cuts please?
At least an 8.
ButterFingers wrote:
If I hear this song one more time on Radioparadise, I'm gonna do the unthinkable and switch to another webcast :frustrated: :cry: :frustrated:
Did you move? LOL Oscar
mafe wrote:
Heh this song makes me shake it in my little cubicle at work. :bananasplit:
There's gotta be a better way of saying that
I LOVE THIS SONG! LOVE THIS LP!!! Nicely played!!! Thanks Bill!! :bananajam::bananapiano::bananajam::drummer::dancingbanana_2:
Thank GOD i was very small when ths song was overplayed ... that gives me the pleasure of enjoyinment!! I love this song! Oscar
Heh this song makes me shake it in my little cubicle at work. :bananasplit:
ladybinnath wrote:
I hated this the first time I ever heard it. Time and excessive airplay (what *do* people see in this?) have done nothing to improve my opinion. If you must play Talking Heads, please stick with early albums like Fear of Music or Remain in Light. This makes me want to smoke crack. :evil:
I actually enjoyed this track the first few thousand times, but I'm well over it now. Maybe play the live version from Stop Making Sense instead? I completely agree that TH material gets pretty dodgy beginning with the very uneven Speaking in Tongues, and it's a rapidly accelerating downhill trip from that point into the insufferable black hole that is Byrne's post-TH career. However, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, and especially the very fantasmagorical Name of This Band is Talking Heads (esp that thunderous expanded lineup) are all loaded with great stuff.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Some crazy percussion and superfunk keyboards that makes me happy. Can't speak for anyone else tho.
Beat me to it though, Scott. Stop speaking for me!
stradaduro wrote:
Can't see what people like about this...
Some crazy percussion and superfunk keyboards that makes me happy. Can't speak for anyone else tho.
radioparadise wrote:
this is just another take on the classic party song, just like "louie louie" or "shout" from animal house. sure it's cheesy, but it IS 80's syth-pop. you just have to enjoy it for what it is...
:jump: = Shout. :guitarist: = Louie, Louie. :rolleyes: = Talking Heads.
it does recycle very quickly... :??:
If I hear this song one more time on Radioparadise, I\'m gonna do the unthinkable and switch to another webcast :frustrated: :cry: :frustrated:
this is just another take on the classic party song, just like \"louie louie\" or \"shout\" from animal house. sure it\'s cheesy, but it IS 80\'s syth-pop. you just have to enjoy it for what it is...
one of the top three 80\'s songs...
I hated this the first time I ever heard it. Time and excessive airplay (what *do* people see in this?) have done nothing to improve my opinion. If you must play Talking Heads, please stick with early albums like Fear of Music or Remain in Light. This makes me want to smoke crack. :evil:
No need to hear this here - we have Clear Channel for that.
Great band with a vast library of material to choose from.. so please give this one a rest! Already overplayed to death on commercial radio. :cry:
ARGH!!! Please refrain from playing this crap anymore. I can hear this on my local FM station and I hate that station... :frustrated:
This is an excellent song to ride my horse to. He loves it!
Originally Posted by ChanceM3: Yep
Nope
Love the Talking Heads (especially \"Remain In Light\"), but this song\'s never done anything for me. To me it\'s just a radio-ready single that lacks the drive and intellegence that their best works contain.
Can\'t see what people like about this...
Good classic song...
Originally Posted by seawolf: tired of this...overplayed.
Yep
Originally Posted by gypsy222: Bonnie's version is the only version of this song that I like.
What about Tom Jones cover of the Cardigans cover of this song?
brings back a lot of fun memories
The talking heads rule.
Originally Posted by RParadise: Bonnie Raitt does a cover of this song on her live CD, Road Tested, that really does burn the house down. It contains some of the hottest slide guitar work I've ever heard. Those who have engaged in the running debate about covers of famous originals should give it a listen. It's a powerful argument.
Bonnie's version is the only version of this song that I like.
Bonnie Raitt does a cover of this song on her live CD, Road Tested, that really does burn the house down. It contains some of the hottest slide guitar work I\'ve ever heard. Those who have engaged in the running debate about covers of famous originals should give it a listen. It\'s a powerful argument.
This IS a good tune, but it\'s been overplayed and - I can\'t believe I\'m saying this - it\'s beginning to sound a little dated.
Man, this brings me right back to 1983. I can\'t believe it\'s been nearly 20 years. Yikes.
tired of this...overplayed.