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Talking Heads — Crosseyed And Painless
Album: Remain In Light
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7.6

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Total ratings: 2608









Released: 1980
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Lost my shape
Trying to act casual
Can't stop
I might end up in the hospital
Changing my shape
I feel like an accident
They're back
To explain their experience

Isn't it weird?
Looks too obscure to me
Wasting away
That was their policy

I'm ready to leave
I push the fact in front of me
Facts lost
Yeah, facts are never what they seem to be
Nothing there
No information left of any kind
L-l-lifting my head
L-l-looking for the danger signs

There was a line
There was a formula
Sharp as a knife
Facts cut a hole in us
There was a line
There was a formula
Sharp as a knife
Facts cut a hole in us

I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting

The feeling returns
Whenever we close our eyes
Lifting my head
Looking around inside

The island of doubt
It's like the taste of medicine
Working by hindsight
Got the message from the oxygen
M-m-making a list
Find the cost of opportunity
Doing it right
Facts are useful in emergencies

The feeling returns
Whenever we close our eyes
Lifting my head
Looking around inside

Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don't do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things

I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
I'm still waiting, I-I-I'm still waiting
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Always thought it was "the island of DUMB, it's like the taste of medicine." Doubt works too but still like dumb more! 
Love this song, but with so much music out there, why do I hear it every day? This is the third day in a row, I think.

Stiiiiiilllllll waiting for other Head songs to play.
 SpaceCase wrote:
I remember when Phish blew up a 20 minute version of this on New Years 2000 down in Florida....what an adventure that was!
 
Indeed it was! What a weekend.
Phish regularly covers this and jams it out extensively.  Worth a listen...
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

My favourite (English UK spelling) one too with David Byrne and TH at the top of their game - pity it all went downhill after this album.

 
David Byrne recently played San Francisco with a brilliant band and an incredible song selection - including many Talking Heads songs. The show was one of the best I'd seen in a few years.
Byrne is the funkiest white guy ever (until Beck!).
 8 -> 7   from me
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ND_m99OKPw0/Uo_14Ll-DiI/AAAAAAAAAU4/3rxRPKqLsdw/s1600/tumblr_mwohf6ux2c1spn6xyo1_500.jpg
Tina showin' the boys how it's done.
 spiritfla wrote:
My favorite Talking Heads{#Notworthy} album!!

 
My favourite (English UK spelling) one too with David Byrne and TH at the top of their game - pity it all went downhill after this album.
My favorite Talking Heads{#Notworthy} album!!
 kcar wrote:

Great footage—thanks! Was this performance used in "The Name of This Band is The Talking Heads"? That album's largely forgotten these days. 

I saw Belew at Carnegie-Mellon University around '84 with one of Elvis Presley's drummers (who had his own eager audience of fans/questioners about Elvis at the end of the show). Loud and a lot of fun. 

 
Belew is now in a quartet with Stewart Copeland!
Facts are USEFUL in Emergencies! Still waiting...he ha ha...still waiting...the feeling returns whenever we close our eyes...still waiting!


                            Bad ass, definitive Talking Heads.


 

Enjoy this song for the simple reason that the opening line sounds like "Lost my shit...!"
more cowbell
Treated myself to the YouTube video of the TH Live in Rome '80 posted by jbuhl below, and it was INCREDIBLE! Byrne, Harrison, AND Belew are all three absolutely shredding guitars, and they're backed by Tina AND some other mad cat on bass, and Chris has another drummer along on stage next to him! AND they have an additional vocalist, too!  They're full-on jamming, at the peak of their powers!
 dc_zee wrote:

"Facts don't do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things"

Dear pesky facts:

How I miss you.

 
Don't feel bad; now we have alternative facts!

"Facts don't do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things"

Dear pesky facts:

How I miss you.


Just upped this to a 10 as I immediately started dancing in my chair as soon as the music started.

Great tune.  Loved it from Day 1 - long ago although it seems like only yesterday. 
 jbuhl wrote:
That's Adrian Belew ripping all those cool sounds on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g8lFmsCXhg

 
Great footage—thanks! Was this performance used in "The Name of This Band is The Talking Heads"? That album's largely forgotten these days. 

I saw Belew at Carnegie-Mellon University around '84 with one of Elvis Presley's drummers (who had his own eager audience of fans/questioners about Elvis at the end of the show). Loud and a lot of fun. 



No wonder I zoned out musically in the 80s.
This is a "must have" in your collection !
Remain in Light is one of their best and I think underrated albums.
 Skydog wrote:
settle an argument
my wife says this is Trick Daddy and I say it is Air Supply 

 
I'll settle it; you two might want to reconsider your marriage.
 jbuhl wrote:
That's Adrian Belew ripping all those cool sounds on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g8lFmsCXhg

 
Funky as hell! Thank you.
 jbuhl wrote:
That's Adrian Belew ripping all those cool sounds on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g8lFmsCXhg

 
Very cool !


settle an argument
my wife says this is Trick Daddy and I say it is Air Supply 
10 to a 10

This song has passed the tests of time. 
 mdnlsn wrote:

I'll see your 1 and raise you an 8. Pretentious, maybe. But still enjoyable to my ears!

 
pri-ˈten(t)-shəs

"having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are"

I don't think that fits this tune. Do you even know the meaning of the words you use?

 mdnlsn wrote:

I'll see your 1 and raise you an 8. Pretentious, maybe. But still enjoyable to my ears!

 
Why pretentious?


That's Adrian Belew ripping all those cool sounds on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g8lFmsCXhg


 whomhow wrote:
Talking Heads - Pretencious and Painful. 1.

 
I'll see your 1 and raise you an 8. Pretentious, maybe. But still enjoyable to my ears!
 justin4kick wrote:

Even at 56 I would love to be in such a place (with crosseyed and pantless ladies).

 
hey justin come over to my place in the alps your a funny cool guy. You dutch people like skiing as i recon whenenver i m in the mountains. We will have some beers and dance crosseyed and pantless under a "schirm" at an apres ski bar.
Talking Heads - Pretencious and Painful. 1.
Hello, Eno!
11 Points from Schermany- Gruß an Klaus
 slandering wrote:
one of the best danceable songs in clubs. dark packed dancefloor, mirrorball, flashlights and the air polluted with smoke and sweat.
so great!

 
Even at 56 I would love to be in such a place (with crosseyed and pantless ladies).
Dancing to this? Are you kidding?! =)
one of the best danceable songs in clubs. dark packed dancefloor, mirrorball, flashlights and the air polluted with smoke and sweat.
so great!
Crosseyed and Painless . . . a song about tequila?
Except the painless part doesn't extend into the morning after . . .
Anyone who has Tidal music service should check out the retrospective about this album. Many interesting factoids about the history and making of the album...  Oh yeah...and this is an obvious "10".  {#Guitarist}
 coloradojohn wrote:
There are so many times when this is just the perfect thing to hear! like when you are writing a novel that you've been working on for years and Facts are simple and Facts are straight, Facts are lazy and Facts are late, Facts all come with points of view, Facts don't do what I want them to, Facts just twist the truth around, Facts are Living turned inside out, Facts are getting the best of them, and Facts are nothing on the face of Things all just hits you like it never did before, and you have to think:  Same As It Ever Was.  Thanks, RP! 

 
Hey CJ...PARTY YER BALLS OFF!

That is all. {#Jump}

The feeling returns

Whenever we close our eyes...
 aspicer wrote:
The sound of genius. 😎

 
Having a great time listening in from Ireland and st the beach in October wow . Happy days 
The sound of genius. 😎
{#Cheers}     {#Cheers}     {#Cheers}      {#Cheers}     {#Cheers}




{#Cheers}     {#Cheers}     {#Cheers}      {#Cheers}     {#Cheers}




{#Cheers}     {#Cheers}     {#Cheers}      {#Cheers}     {#Cheers}
 
Not the worst song I've ever heard, but a long way from the best. I'm just saying.
Fantastic! Made me get up and dance!
 Chrisjea wrote:
Three excellent songs and then this.  Great band in the 70's.  Now, just annnoying

 
you have no taste, and you're a jerk, and yes i am attacking you on rp. no one puts TH in a corner. also, i'm an audiophile and forced to listen to rp at work, in which i hold a certain disdain for.
Facts all come with points of view...

Facts don't do what I want them to. 
Three excellent songs and then this.  Great band in the 70's.  Now, just annnoying
Quirky TH fun.
 jules44 wrote:
This album Changed My Life!!!!!!

All good, after a very bland 70s.{#Clap} 

 
A very bland 70's? {#Eh}  I guess you weren't there!
This music is so annoying... Please STOOOOPPP!!!
They have always been different to me, but in a good way ?

This song is GREAT. The beat kills me. They were one of the first bands to wake me up to alternative music back in the late 70's and early 80's. Great era if you were there. All era's are good, nothing bad about creativity when it comes to music. Just depends on your perspective and where you are in your life. :)


This album Changed My Life!!!!!!

All good, after a very bland 70s.{#Clap} 
I'll see your 6 and raise to 10 

ladybinnath wrote:
I went to rate this and found that somehow I'd previously rated an 8.  I must have been high.  8 —> 6 (and only that strong because sometimes things really connect better when you're high).

 


There are so many times when this is just the perfect thing to hear! like when you are writing a novel that you've been working on for years and Facts are simple and Facts are straight, Facts are lazy and Facts are late, Facts all come with points of view, Facts don't do what I want them to, Facts just twist the truth around, Facts are Living turned inside out, Facts are getting the best of them, and Facts are nothing on the face of Things all just hits you like it never did before, and you have to think:  Same As It Ever Was.  Thanks, RP! 
This is another of those songs I wish could be about ten minutes longer. So much fun on its way to perfection.
This album was Talking Heads at their peak IMHO {#Dancingbanana}
Simply fantastic.  I saw them perform this at the Greek shortly after it was released ... when I was in school ... oh wow, what an indelible experience at an indelible point in my life.
 aspicer wrote:
Genius in action! {#Notworthy}

 
.... totally agree 10
 xkolibuul wrote:

Not a chance.  Honestly, did you actually think that might happen?  

 
Easily my fave TH song....
 sadds97 wrote:
One of the worst songs ever made. Please remove it from the play list

 

Reminds me of the time I was playing Billy Joel's Virginia and the line"Catholic girls start much too late." I was getting royally bitched at from some woman to never play that song again. Yeah, sure, like I had any control over the playlist "back in the day."
Bill can play whatever he wants. It's his station!
Always wanted to ask Tina Weymouth out for a date...but she'd have to bring her bass along.


{#Cheesygrin}
 sadds97 wrote:
One of the worst songs ever made. Please remove it from the play list

 
Not a chance.  Honestly, did you actually think that might happen?  
I went to rate this and found that somehow I'd previously rated an 8.  I must have been high.  8 --> 6 (and only that strong because sometimes things really connect better when you're high).
"Crosseyed and Painless".  Wonder where that title came from?  Boogie music that dances very close to the definition of disco ....
Genius in action! {#Notworthy}
Great band.  Great song.  
Ahh yes crank up those old Bose 901s!
Best.album.ever. (right now)
TH always turns a drab day into a good day.
New Order - Shriekback - TH, pretty great set you've got going on here.
 sadds97 wrote:
One of the worst songs ever made. Please remove it from the play list

 
Trying to ruin this song for you even more...{#Roflol}

Carlton from  

Over time a quantum entanglement effect will take hold, enabling Carlton to dance in time with the beat...briefly. 


 sadds97 wrote:
One of the worst songs ever made. Please remove it from the play list

 

Go PSD then...
Is it over yet?
One off the best songs ever made, love that Bassline!
 
One of the worst songs ever made. Please remove it from the play list
s-s-s-oo b-b-b-rilliant!!
Chair boogie going on.{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}
Feels like I won a jackpot when this song plays ... Love it! 10 {#Notworthy}
Sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday.  Ferking brilliant.
 gypsyman wrote:

Amen. And still one of my favorite albums. (yes, albums)

 
Amen to that Amen
 coloradojohn wrote:
This was so far ahead of its time we actually had to recognize that it was better than we could or would be able to "get" for quite awhile yet...and we were — and still are — well-rewarded!  There's just a whole symphony orchestra's worth of musicality going on at all times in this thing, and many deceptively tight vocals are woven carefully within...solid funky bass and beats behind propel the groove...innovative key structures making the mind soar...and man I will forever dig how DB lays down some of the first "rap" ever!

 
Amen. And still one of my favorite albums. (yes, albums)
 philbertr wrote:

Well said indeed!

 

Agreed...perhaps my favorite TH song...
Could use slightly less cowbell.
This was so far ahead of its time we actually had to recognize that it was better than we could or would be able to "get" for quite awhile yet...and we were — and still are — well-rewarded!  There's just a whole symphony orchestra's worth of musicality going on at all times in this thing, and many deceptively tight vocals are woven carefully within...solid funky bass and beats behind propel the groove...innovative key structures making the mind soar...and man I will forever dig how DB lays down some of the first "rap" ever!
Lots of memories associated with this, and indeed, the whole album.
No record/cd/? collection should be without this. ...and Adrian Belew? Good grief!!

Funny, I recognize the talent.  This band is tight.  Really tight.  The music is original and bold.

 

But I just can't get into it.  waz wrong with me? No matter, am happier than a clam RP plays plenty of TKs.  


 coloradojohn wrote:
Can't get any better or more intense than the music and vocals barely contained in this incredible jumping heaving and seething mass of fission, especially coming after the last tune — way to JAM, RP! and THANKS!
 
Well said indeed!
Can't get any better or more intense than the music and vocals barely contained in this incredible jumping heaving and seething mass of fission, especially coming after the last tune — way to JAM, RP! and THANKS!
 gillespp wrote:

Exactly. This whole album in astonishing in its musical creativity.
 
Yup...a classic.{#Angel}
Oh yeah — love Adrian Belew's guitar on this and the Great Curve
My favorite track from this wonderful Heads album.
 wlpendley wrote:
Love the layered polyrythms in this song.  David Byrne is truly god-like.  Easy "10" rating for me  :-)
 
Exactly. This whole album in astonishing in its musical creativity.
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Was a huge Heads fan back in the day. Loved lyrics like "when I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed" and "why are you so in love with your problems? It's not cool to have so many problems"

But now, I dunno - my energy is different, and what used to move me is more close to the edge of irritating.

Still love the lyrics though.  
 
Their best lyrics are still the best. 

Still waiting . . .

Facts are useful in an emergency . . . .

Facts just twist the truth around . . .

Can't think of anything more relevant in these days of "their" facts vs. "our" facts.
Was a huge Heads fan back in the day. Loved lyrics like "when I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed" and "why are you so in love with your problems? It's not cool to have so many problems"

But now, I dunno - my energy is different, and what used to move me is more close to the edge of irritating.

Still love the lyrics though.  
Love the layered polyrythms in this song.  David Byrne is truly god-like.  Easy "10" rating for me  :-)
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Facts don't do what I want them to.
 
That's OK .. I just create my own facts.  And that is a fact.
 
Wow!  Cannot even fathom the negative energy this produces is some ppl....this is one of the best songs and groups of the 80's!
Too soon folks....too soon.

 grant wrote:
The musical math that produced this album is very simple:

(Talking Heads + Adrian Belew) Eno = Pure Musical Energy
 
Yes!
This song is only 40 minutes too short. Why would the Heads peter out like that? The bright side for anyone needing the sheet music for this...they really only need two measures worth of paper. Geeez. By the way...I love the PSD button right now.
Upgraded from Ctrl+Alt+Del ———————>  1 w/mute
Think Ive discovered a new appreciation for the Talking Heads here at RP...
Eh-oh! Eh-oh!

Teletubbies
VERY VERY MODERN MUSIC
DAVID BYRNE THE BEST
Facts don't do what I want them to.
This song is just not repetitive enough. Yell
 pinnyrat wrote:
I hope that there is a God...and that when I die, He will pull me aside and explain to me why people like The Talking Heads.  Especially Bill.
 

Cos they were friggin awesome... but you may have to die first to discover that!
I'm a guy, wishing I was the girl playin' bass on this one.  {#Bananajam}
This has to be one of the worst songs ever written. I absolutely can't stand David Byrne's voice. BARFO.... I LOVE RP except when the horrid voice comes on. Thank apple for the "skip to the next radio station" button on my keyboard, or I'd go insane.
 d-don wrote:
Turn it up, damn it! {#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}
 
These bananas are the only thing making this song bearable.  God bless you, kind sir or lass.
I hope that there is a God...and that when I die, He will pull me aside and explain to me why people like The Talking Heads.  Especially Bill.
crosseyed and pantiless......i slept with her......ohhhh......"Painless"........nevermind
 csutto wrote:
The Great Curve is another amazing Head's tune.  I'm surprised it's not on the RP list.
 

Yes indeed!

The Adrian Belew breaks at 1:57 and 5:31 in The Great Curve are some of the most inspired guitar noise ever recorded.

"The world moves on a woman's hips, the world moves and it bounces and hops." 
The musical math that produced this album is very simple:

(Talking Heads + Adrian Belew) Eno = Pure Musical Energy