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Talking Heads — Psycho Killer
Album: Stop Making Sense
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:20
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I can't seem to face up to the facts
I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax
I can't sleep, 'cause my bed's on fire
Don't touch me, I'm a real live wire

Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa-fa fa, fa-fa fa-fa fa-far better
Run run-run run, run run-run away
Oh-ho-ho
Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa-fa fa, fa-fa fa-fa fa-far better
Run run-run run, run run-run away
Oh-ho-ho-ho, aye-yi-yi-yi-yi, ooh

You start a conversation, you can't even finish it
You're talking a lot, but you're not saying anything
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?

Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa-fa fa, fa-fa fa-fa fa-far better
Run run-run run, run run-run away
Oh-ho-ho
Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa-fa fa, fa-fa fa-fa fa-far better
Run run-run run, run run-run away
Oh-ho-ho-ho, aye-yi-yi-yi-yi

Ce que j'ai fait ce soir-là
Ce qu'elle a dit ce soir-là
Réalisant mon espoir
Je me lance vers la gloire
Okay
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
We are vain and we are blind
I hate people when they're not polite

Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa-fa fa, fa-fa fa-fa fa-far better
Run run-run run, run run-run away
Oh-ho-ho
Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa-fa fa, fa-fa fa-fa fa-far better
Run run-run run, run run-run away
Oh-ho-ho-ho, aye-yi-yi-yi-yi, ooh
Comments (343)add comment
Would like to see Byrne do an audition at one of those talent shows nowadays
Talking Heads on RP?  Must be a day with a 'Y' in it.  
the movie was great. Only time I've seen dancing in the aisles during a movie.
EVERYONE dancing. those were some fun times.
This is god awful

make it stop (making sense)
 mdnlsn wrote:
It's amazing to think that such creative, inspired music was being made in 1984 amid so much bad pop schlock. Although the pop music of today pales by comparison to 1984. Damn, I'm caught in a musical judgement relativity loop...
 
There was a lot of creative and inspired music being made in 1984, as well as some lousy music, as is the case for pretty much any era of recorded music.  I prefer their studio ('77) version to this one but this is kinda cool.
It's amazing to think that such creative, inspired music was being made in 1984 amid so much bad pop schlock. Although the pop music of today pales by comparison to 1984. Damn, I'm caught in a musical judgement relativity loop...
Old TV Show St-Elsewhere Howie Mandel Killer version That or I was really tired....
 Oh, well. IMO, Bill should play this more! Some wonderful nuances not in the original.....I lov'em both.

maxvonevil wrote:
One can only take so much of Byrne's whining voice in one lifetime {#Frustrated}

 

Saw this tour at SPAC.  In honor of Spinal Tap, I'd like to give this song an "11".  Looped this song on tape(!!), when I drove to Syracuse to take a psych test when getting hired on at a nuke. They hired me, now I'm getting ready to retire.  Ah the memories of this song.  Just saw Angelique Kidjo's reinterpretation of "Remain in Light" this summer.  Yes, I am a fan.
Please no more Bill - please please please...

Please just stick to the original. Please.

How am I to get my decorating done with this?

Please no more.

Please...

{#Drunk}
The bass player for them has some pretty good riffs, but you can't hear them on this version of the song. Drats! 
 Highlowsel wrote:
Wonder what it was like to be one of the first to hear these guys waaay back in the East Village...at CBGB's?Image result for talking heads at cbgb

Do you think Hilly Kristal thought they were a keeper?  Hmmmm?  Heh!


 

C'mon, man; at least get photos of the actual people instead of stills from that historically  inaccurate film.
This is fun to hear because it reminds you of the movie.  Gave it an 8, but I'd give the stripped down original a 9.
One can only take so much of Byrne's whining voice in one lifetime {#Frustrated}
I here this and think of  it has the movie's opening, and smile.   I wonder how much less I would like it if I hadn't seen the movie.

Speaking of whichI really wish the disc had all the songs on the film  Long ago, I dubbed my VHS Hifi tape of the movie onto a cassette to listen into the car and other places.  From one dead format to another and now I can listen to neither.  All that i is left is the CD and it is missing a lot.
Love the tune, not this version.
i feel like you play this way too often. 
 jonahboo wrote:
holy shit, worst version ever
don't care of significance of movie 

 
In your opinion and opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one.
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
The song is cool, kind of played- but:

The production is so chock full of cool and creative subtlety that its worthy of deeper study IMO.  {#Wink}

 
I initially had this at a 4, but it has kind of grown on me a bit, so it's now a 6 for me.  Could be higher, but his voice really grates on me in this song.


{#Cool}{#Music}{#Sunny}{#Motor}{#Devil_pimp}{#Cowboy}
holy shit, worst version ever
don't care of significance of movie 
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajumprope}
{#Notworthy}no comment
The song is cool, kind of played- but:

The production is so chock full of cool and creative subtlety that its worthy of deeper study IMO.  {#Wink}
My DB moment - front row The Gardens.  Everybody stood up and partied for a few encores
Whole album is the bomb.
Play more Talking Heads plz
I'm getting a headache. 
15 out of 10
 Highlowsel wrote:
Wonder what it was like to be one of the first to hear these guys waaay back in the East Village...at CBGB's?Image result for talking heads at cbgb

 we knew they were the real deal waaay back in the day...

Wonder what it was like to be one of the first to hear these guys waaay back in the East Village...at CBGB's?Image result for talking heads at cbgb

Do you think Hilly Kristal thought they were a keeper?  Hmmmm?  Heh!

Image result for cbgb's the movie
Epic.  Deserves 11 out of 10.


great album!{#Hearteyes}
 midget wrote:
Great scott! Is this supposed to sound anything like acceptable?

 
I know....I have just never "got" these guys. A RCH away from Devo, IMO.
Great scott! Is this supposed to sound anything like acceptable?
{#Roflol} drei zehen , bombe , gruß an de lange
{#Bananajam}
The run-up to the high "notes" is the killer for me.   PSD.
How do you reach into the long-lost recesses of my mind to pull out the songs exactly that I want to hear
What an awesome playlist we have today

I HATE PEOPLE WHEN THEY'RE NOT POLITE!


Way back in '78, my senior year roommate played the studio track about 20 times in a row in our Boston apartment. If it had gone to 21, one of us was going to die. 
its better the talking head: 77 versions. Has quicker timing.
 
 
On_The_Beach wrote:
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like "Psycho Killer"!   ; )

 
{#Lol}
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like "Psycho Killer"!   ; )
{#Bananajam}10 fo sure!
and you might ask yourself "were there any mirrors in the store where he bought that suit?"
Yawn....TH's went on, fortunately, to do much better.
{#Bananajam}fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa  {#Bananajam}
Ace song.
the classic example of a song that's played out. Crap cover bands, pub duke boxes and unimaginative radio DJs have rendered it this. 
Hmm... My CD sounds different from this version. 
 aguinaldoqs wrote:
{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}

 
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{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}
 msymmes wrote:
Just to re-iterate...
 

msymmes wrote:
Bill:   "classic live album Stop Making Sense".    Yes, true, and a classic live full length feature film shot over 3 nights in Hollywood
and directed by  Jonathan Demme.  And so not to spoil it for anyone who has never seen the movie - the opening is incredible.

Also, it was the first film ever to use 100% digital audio according to Wikipedia.
 

 



 
"why did the band use a digital sound recording system?"
-from the liner notes
Just to re-iterate...
 

msymmes wrote:
Bill:   "classic live album Stop Making Sense".    Yes, true, and a classic live full length feature film shot over 3 nights in Hollywood
and directed by  Jonathan Demme.  And so not to spoil it for anyone who has never seen the movie - the opening is incredible.

Also, it was the first film ever to use 100% digital audio according to Wikipedia.
 

 


 hanssachs wrote:
(Hmm ... how to explain a recording medium that was only 45 minutes long to Modern Youth?  Puzzling ...)  

 
Not to mention the lost art of the mix tape.  I spent many hours compiling playlists, adding the track times to minimize the dead air at the end of the side (by hand--no Excel back then, either!), finding bits to fill the remaining 1:17 (e.g., I had a "sound effects" LP and dropped some of those in). 

I created a mix tape for my friends when we graduated from high school.  I lost touch with them, but I wonder whether anyone besides me has a copy. High Fidelity, indeed. 
Ah yes ... back in the Ferric Oxide Age, one of my favorite cassette tapes was the soundtrack to "Stop Making Sense" - not the album, but a straight dub of the movie soundtrack.  I cut one of the Tom Tom Club tracks so it fit onto a 90-minute cassette, and it was great!  (Hmm ... how to explain a recording medium that was only 45 minutes long to Modern Youth?  Puzzling ...)  
 Lakeview wrote:
Neil Young comes in do to his couple of bars and lays down a couple of sample tracks. Not sure if this was staged (almost seems like it should have been). The sound engineer comes on the studio PA and says something like "That was great but maybe just a little flat in spots." to which Neil replies "It's my style man! It's my style."
 
Actually it was Neil responding to David Foster during the "Tears Are Not Enough" recording in 1985 (fundraiser for famine in Africa).
 Lakeview wrote:
Neil Young Comment:  "It's my style man! It's my style."

Even tone-deaf, 90-year old women can lay down some great tunes.
 

Right on point!  I don't blame anybody who doesn't like Byrne or the Heads or Neil Young, for that matter.  I just dropped a negative comment on Florence & the Machine.  It's just music either way.  




 terrapin52 wrote:
When will they give singing lessons to the tone-deaf, 90-year old woman?

 
LOL. Your comment reminds me of the video of the shooting of (I believe) "We Are The World" - remember the song with the ensemble band. The video shows all of the various artists doing their part in studio.

Neil Young comes in do to his couple of bars and lays down a couple of sample tracks. Not sure if this was staged (almost seems like it should have been). The sound engineer comes on the studio PA and says something like "That was great but maybe just a little flat in spots." to which Neil replies "It's my style man! It's my style."

Even tone-deaf, 90-year old women can lay down some great tunes. 
An amazinglly FUN song despite the dark lyrics
Hell, yeah!!!! One of the best songs ever.
 foothillfreak wrote:
There are song ratings, there should also be "heard it way too many times" ratings. this is a great song but I won't rate it because I don't need to hear it again until 2030.
 
I agree with that, Brah! 
Every time I hear this I think about The Fools version...
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnBlst3T7bY
When will they give singing lessons to the tone-deaf, 90-year old woman?
There are song ratings, there should also be "heard it way too many times" ratings. this is a great song but I won't rate it because I don't need to hear it again until 2030.
Psycho Chicken ,,,,,wasn't that the original..........
Can't help but sing along.
 johnjconn wrote:
Remember , Pycho Killers are people too.  Show some understanding people
 
Thank you for reminding us to be politically correct.  BTW, the original version may still be their best tune.
Now with extra added annoying whine.
My favorite version of this fine song.
Remember , Pycho Killers are people too.  Show some understanding people
yayayaaaa... yada yada and then it was over
¿Qué chingados es esa voz? ¿Es ensayo o la versión definitva?
Stop Making Sense Trailer.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjjFETMTxE
 cosmiclint wrote:
 msymmes wrote:
Bill:   "classic live album Stop Making Sense".    Yes, true, and a classic live full length feature film shot over 3 nights in Hollywood
and directed by  Jonathan Demme.  And so not to spoil it for anyone who has never seen the movie - the opening is incredible.

So true. Any music fan who has not yet seen Stop Making Sense should do so. A great concept for a live show, perfectly executed.
 
It's truly genius.
Oh well. All good things must come to end I suppose...Thanks Mr. Landreth while it lasted.
Generally, I dislike TH and David Byrne.  However, our dog has a habit of getting so cranked up that she runs around the house like a mad dog and will trample anyone in her way.  For being only a little over 50 lbs, she doesn't mess around.  Anyway, whenever Josie goes nuts, my wife starts singing "Psycho Doggie" to the tune of this song.  Now I find myself almost liking Psycho Killer.
Everyone in my trailer park LOVES songs about psychotic murderers!{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Beat}{#Beat}
I would give the LIVE version a solid TEN!!!    {#Cheers}
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
They used to play at the Rutgers student center for a buck. Had to step it up to $2.50 for Wolman rink in Central Park - with the B-52's as the warmup band. Sigh.
 
Saw same pairing in LA @ The Greek- beautiful summer night, the crowd was "into" both bands  magical night indeed! Stop Making Sense though was THE tour ! {#Dancingbanana}
I am so NOT into these guys. More so David Byrne. Just a' tryin' too hard Dave.
effin' genius
They used to play at the Rutgers student center for a buck. Had to step it up to $2.50 for Wolman rink in Central Park - with the B-52's as the warmup band. Sigh.
 msymmes wrote:
Bill:   "classic live album Stop Making Sense".    Yes, true, and a classic live full length feature film shot over 3 nights in Hollywood
and directed by  Jonathan Demme.  And so not to spoil it for anyone who has never seen the movie - the opening is incredible.

So true. Any music fan who has not yet seen Stop Making Sense should do so. A great concept for a live show, perfectly executed.
 fredriley wrote:
Qu'est-ce que c'est? C'est une autre chanson du chanteur mauvais avec la grande tête. Au revoir pour 5 minutes.
 
C'est pas vrai, hostie ! Revient pas en cinq minutes, chalice ! 
Now I want to hear a reggae version of this ditty...
My favorite version of this one!
 juppe3 wrote:
Outstanding - that's what it is!!
 
Couldn't agree more.....TH...FTW. {#Clap}
Classic.
Used to play this VERY loud in a pub I worked in a long long time ago...good memories!

Qu'est-ce que c'est? C'est une autre chanson du chanteur mauvais avec la grande tête. Au revoir pour 5 minutes.
A rare moment when TH do not suck, so I'll give it a 6.

Roy.
www.vignale-gamine.com
Too much David Byrne.
 lemmoth wrote:
Never will forget the first time I heard the original studio version of this coming out of the jukebox at Max's Kansas City in NYC.

Nothing quite like it before or since.

10
 
Nothing quite like it because most bands can't get a label when they sing this bad.


Never will forget the first time I heard the original studio version of this coming out of the jukebox at Max's Kansas City in NYC.

Nothing quite like it before or since.

10
it occurs to me people either get David/TH...

or they don't...

pity the don't.


Outstanding - that's what it is!!
The drums at the beginning blew more then a few speaker drivers for me back in the day....
LOVE this disc 

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David Byrne at The Royal Festival Hall, London, April 12th 2009

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                                                  D.B. is one of the most innovative musicians on earth.
                                            It's as enjoyable watching him as it is listening to his music.{#Cheers}


 boober wrote:
I liked the original "electric" version of off TH '77 a whole lot better.
 
So do I.  That's a great album.

As classic as it gets.
Papernapkin - I have never bashed anyone on RP, but I am so freaking sick and tired of your negative comments.  (I just read many of the older posts for this song) I hope for the day you leave RP, you are such a wet blanket!  Or should I say wet napkin.  Enough already.  Do you EVER say anything nice?


This song is pretty good, but oversaturated.


Bill:   "classic live album Stop Making Sense".    Yes, true, and a classic live full length feature film shot over 3 nights in Hollywood
and directed by  Jonathan Demme.  And so not to spoil it for anyone who has never seen the movie - the opening is incredible.

Also, it was the first film ever to use 100% digital audio according to Wikipedia.
 
 gabrielle7nt wrote:
I like this one. Not sure why there are so many negative comments.
 
I agree. Talking Heads was a great band. I like this.

 romeotuma wrote:

Just tell that to your tiny dick...

 
It says in his bio he was 5' 11" tall, but he always looked shorter than that to me.



I like this one. Not sure why there are so many negative comments.
I have a tape I want to play for you...

I saw this in the New Varsity Theatre in Palo Alto so many years ago, it was actually a theater, and not Borders bookstore. 

 More_Cowbell wrote:
3rd row center in 1984!  GREAT!
 

New Year's eve 1978 - Beacon Theater, way the hell in the upper deck, chemically aided.... never forget the experience
blotto wrote:

A day without TH is like a day without sunshine.

 
CoolbeaN wrote:

I could go several days without either...

 
Yeah, but eventually you know you need both sunshine AND the Talking Heads!


 blotto wrote:
A day without TH is like a day without sunshine.
 
I could go several days without either...

 japanmoran wrote:
This song is much better when you see it in the performance.

I do love it, but wonder if I would prefer the studio version more if I hadn't seen the film.
 
I agree - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5zFsy9VIdM
 

This song is much better when you see it in the performance.

I do love it, but wonder if I would prefer the studio version more if I hadn't seen the film.
3rd row center in 1984!  GREAT!
 blotto wrote:
A day without TH is like a day without sunshine.
 
It's sunny every day in Paradise.

A day without TH is like a day without sunshine.
 horstman wrote:


And then me and the rest of the heads would promptly kick your ass and throw you out of the venue.{#Ass}
 

Ooohhh, but then.... No one in the world could make me attend something as bad as this... So you go kick somebody else's ass...

{#Ass}
DaveInVA wrote:
I know I've said it before but I will say it again

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Say something once, why say it again?
 
{#Lol} 

 Sjaaks wrote:
I would totally throw a full glass of beer to DB's head if i'd be standing in the crowd and listening to this utter C.R.A.P... He really gives the word "annoying" a new and more powerful meaning...

{#Stop}{#Frustrated}{#Beat}

1 ——-> 1 ——-> 1 ——-> 1
 

And then me and the rest of the heads would promptly kick your ass and throw you out of the venue.{#Ass}