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Talking Heads — Pulled Up
Album: The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads
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Released: 1982
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Mommy, Daddy, come and look at me now
I'm a big man in a great big town
Years ago who would believe it's true
Goes to show what a little faith can do

I was complaining, I was down in the dumps
I feel so strong now 'cause you pulled me up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up

I slipped, and I got pulled
Pulled up, I tripped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up
I slipped, and I got pulled,
Pulled up, I slipped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up pull me up pull me up...
Pulled me up up up up up up up up

I drift away to another land
Sleeping dreaming such a simple thing
I think of things that I might be
I see my name go down in history

I was complaining, I was down in the dumps
I feel so strong now 'cause you pulled me up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up
I slipped, and I got pulled,
pulled up, I tripped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up
I tripped, and I got pulled
Pulled up, I slipped, and then you pulled
you pulled me up! Pulled me up up, Pulled me up...
Pulled me up up up up up up up up

I got up
'cause you pulled me up
I stood up
'cause you pulled me up
I got up
And that was because you pulled me up
I got up
In a little while you pulled me up
Pull me up up up up, up up up up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!

I cast a shadow on the living-room wall
Dark and savage with a profile so sharp
Keep that wonderful food on the table
There's really no hurry I'll eat in a while

I was complaining, I was down in the dumps
I feel so strong now 'cause you pulled me up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
I slipped, and I got pulled
Pulled up, I tripped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up
I slipped, and I got pulled
Pulled Up, I slipped,
And then you pulled, you pulled me up!
Pull me up...Pull me up...Watch out!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
Comments (221)add comment
Thanks for so good music...
Fandatamstical!
It's been WAY too long since I heard this.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
These guys are really good or really bad

 
Hmm, you're really wrong or really right
 steeler wrote:

For me, part of the appeal was that lunatic singing
 
Yeah, same here. This is a fun song.
 maboleth wrote:
Talking Heads never worked for me. Always sounded like some lunatic singing in a quite irritating way.

 
For me, part of the appeal was that lunatic singing
 coloradojohn wrote:
The songs listed — and the supposed recording date — on this are confusing... A few, especially the first batch, seem about right for the period; the rest seem from later albums, and many are also found on the collection...
 
Yeah, this live album wasn't released until 1982 or '83.  The studio version of this song was on their first album: "77", which obviously was released in 1977.
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
Just when I think its too weird, the wit and humor come through. DB's a trip.

 
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro — HST
Talking Heads never worked for me. Always sounded like some lunatic singing in a quite irritating way.
Just when I think its too weird, the wit and humor come through. DB's a trip.
These guys are really good or really bad
love them for their originality, creativity
The songs listed — and the supposed recording date — on this are confusing... A few, especially the first batch, seem about right for the period; the rest seem from later albums, and many are also found on the collection, Sand in the Vaseline...  In any case, for most of us, our first exposure to TH was the smash hit, "Take Me to the River" from More Songs about Buildings and Food, and the band's mass TV debut on SNL, in '78 I think it was. Those of us who were first experiencing the joys and freedoms of driving, car stereo tape decks (in this case, 8-track!), and killer weed knew there was something special and different about this wacky new band, and it wasn't just the singer. They were doing something truly astounding at the time: daring to turn the whole idea of Pop Music on its ear — and they pulled it off! We lapped it all up; we couldn't get enough of it. Forever after, they have kept us enamored and amused...
Great inventions musically wise at that time  And during the years David improved his singing abilities    (at least a little)
Just a great song. Nothing like it when it came out on their first album.
They have a shipload of terrific songs. This is certainly not one of them.
Thanks for reminding me of this great tune;  I miss those guys. And those days.
That's cracklin'! Old Heads!
love it
 randyblew wrote:
Raw Heads. Put in the historical context - wonderful in several different ways. This song's an early new-wave rave-up. Pure and simple.

 
Absolutely. After seven years of disco and ponderous prog this was a breath of fresh air.
I really miss this period of Talking Heads.

That up UP squawk is so much fun. 
listening to the heads taught me that music didn't always have to be serious and heavy, that sometimes music could just be fun.  we should all spend more time dancing...

This song screams "listen to me" - not the best thing when you've tuned in for some background music to work to!

Still, I haven't heard it for so long, it's worth taking a minute to reflect on whether Talking Heads have stood the test of time or not. I can understand if someone hates this, but thank heaven for its middle eight. Turns the song from something Police-like repetitive into one that prompts a reaction along the lines of "how did they ever think they could get away with it?"

 

Now I can put this one back in the mental archive for another 5-10 years, and enjoy it again some time around 2020!


 lemmoth wrote:
The raw, stripped down, talking heads that I first fell in love with.

Believe me folks, when you heard them for the first time, with all that was happening in the mid-70s, this was unbelievably refreshing.

 
Yes, it was very refreshing; I remember those days too.  I prefer the version of this song which is on the "77" album.
Raw Heads. Put in the historical context - wonderful in several different ways. This song's an early new-wave rave-up. Pure and simple.
{#No}
Ever notice how listening to Talking Heads makes you feel smarter? It's weird...{#Propeller}
 lemmoth wrote:
The raw, stripped down, talking heads that I first fell in love with.

Believe me folks, when you heard them for the first time, with all that was happening in the mid-70s, this was unbelievably refreshing.

 
Yep, that is absolutely true.
really awful... 1.
Good way to wake up—by being pulled up!
 fredriley wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell others what they should or shouldn't write as comment. Comments can be negative as well as gushing. But what the feck, maybe next time I'll not mention mute but instead just write 'like this sucks ass, man' or similar - would that be ok with you?

No, forget it, that's a rhetorical question. Basically you don't like anyone writing owt critical of David "Teletubby" Byrne. Fair enough - band fans often think that, but you need reminding that one person's godlike is another's sucko-barfo. As ever, this is the bleedin' obvious, but plainly it needs to be restated at regular intervals for some folk.

"Narcissism" - ROTFL! The state of my boat race, I barely look in the mirror whilst I'm shaving for fear of breaking it.
 
Wrong-o, Fred.  Contrary to your bad assumption, I actually don't have a problem with people writing disparaging comments about TH or any other musician for that matter.  What baffles me is the comment "Mute!" and the like.  Seems to be as just as pointless as "I'm going to get another cup of coffee."  Why not say what you don't like about the music instead of just telling everyone that you are silencing the station?

Then again, I suppose much of what is written on Internet comment boards is narcissistic to some degree, including this comment. 
.David Byrne meet fingernails and chalkboard
Great memories from college - cranking this song on Friday nights in preparation of going out and blowing off some steam!
Let's see, what type of music was popular about this time, 1977?  DISCO

I typically associate Talking Heads with it's time rather than content, and the band made it a better time.
God Bless the TH's
The raw, stripped down, talking heads that I first fell in love with.

Believe me folks, when you heard them for the first time, with all that was happening in the mid-70s, this was unbelievably refreshing.
I never "got" the Talking Heads, but I defend others' rights to somehow enjoy them.  This got a 6 from me.  I didn't change the station (or hit the mute button) but I couldn't wait for it to finish.  Thankfully, TH songs are all around 3 minutes!
 fredriley wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell others what they should or shouldn't write as comment. Comments can be negative as well as gushing. But what the feck, maybe next time I'll not mention mute but instead just write 'like this sucks ass, man' or similar - would that be ok with you?

No, forget it, that's a rhetorical question. Basically you don't like anyone writing owt critical of David "Teletubby" Byrne. Fair enough - band fans often think that, but you need reminding that one person's godlike is another's sucko-barfo. As ever, this is the bleedin' obvious, but plainly it needs to be restated at regular intervals for some folk.

"Narcissism" - ROTFL! The state of my boat race, I barely look in the mirror whilst I'm shaving for fear of breaking it.
 

I stand by my right to use the mute button and declare such use loudly, on occasion.

Fred, let's form a group - Mute Button Defenders. ;)

 
Ahhhh, early Talking Heads.

Makes me want to sing out loud. I think I will......... 

 
 window wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell everyone that they are muting the station.  Do you want a Hallmark card or something?  File this phenomenon under "narcissism."
 
I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell others what they should or shouldn't write as comment. Comments can be negative as well as gushing. But what the feck, maybe next time I'll not mention mute but instead just write 'like this sucks ass, man' or similar - would that be ok with you?

No, forget it, that's a rhetorical question. Basically you don't like anyone writing owt critical of David "Teletubby" Byrne. Fair enough - band fans often think that, but you need reminding that one person's godlike is another's sucko-barfo. As ever, this is the bleedin' obvious, but plainly it needs to be restated at regular intervals for some folk.

"Narcissism" - ROTFL! The state of my boat race, I barely look in the mirror whilst I'm shaving for fear of breaking it.


 window wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell everyone that they are muting the station.  Do you want a Hallmark card or something?  File this phenomenon under "narcissism."
 
I agree!  So many here have the overwhelming urge to show how "hipply discerning" they are by being negatively critical ... it's easy to be critical ... any ass can do it.

 MiracleDrug wrote:


there man... {#Dancingbanana_2}

UP! 

 



 fredriley wrote:
Hey, it's David "Teletubby" Byrne again. Eh-oh, eh-oh. Mute and back in 5.
 
I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell everyone that they are muting the station.  Do you want a Hallmark card or something?  File this phenomenon under "narcissism."
Made labs in bio2 less boring.

It pulled me up out of the gaseous cloud from the 20 yr old pickle juice the cat fetus was stored in
Hey, it's David "Teletubby" Byrne again. Eh-oh, eh-oh. Mute and back in 5.
 Stingray wrote:
NIGHTMARE!!!

{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
 
And you call yourself a "trained journalist"?  Feh.  I've read better writing on brick walls and bathroom stalls. Still, sometimes you're amusing, so I guess you can live another day. {#Roflol}


 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Let's pogo!
 

there man... {#Dancingbanana_2}
So fresh and original when it first came out. Reminds me of how unoriginal Vampire Weekend is.
 aflanigan wrote:
I like early Talking Heads.  Saw them at Clark University in Worcester, MA 1979.  David Byrne was very energetical, and sweated a lot, almost from the start of the show.
 
Saw him in 2009.  He still is (very energetical) and still does (sweat a lot).
I recall this song from their innovative debut album released in the fall of 77.  The TH's energy and edge was buck-wild and innovative within the 70's musical landscape.  Now it tastes more like a fun new bubblegum flavor.  Good times {#Jump}
You have to have been there to understand just how different, and wild and crazy and smart, this first TH album was in 1977.

I was there.  It was.  I will always love this song.
 kaybee wrote:

But even though this piece is "typical" TH, loud crashy guitars and David Byrne sounding like a goofball, I like it very much.  It's very upbeat, silly fun.

 
{#Clap}  Thank you for articulating what I was thinking, far better than I could have done! {#Dancingbanana}
NIGHTMARE!!!

{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
{#Puke}
Where are those Ones?!!!
 Huey wrote:
I like TH ...but this sucks. 2.
 
Ditto

 Huey wrote:
I like TH ...but this sucks. 2.
 
And I'm the opposite!  Most Talking Heads I don't like - except Take Me to the River and the whole Remain in Light album. But even though this piece is "typical" TH, loud crashy guitars and David Byrne sounding like a goofball, I like it very much.  It's very upbeat, silly fun.

I like TH ...but this sucks. 2.
I heard somebody say this was dedicated to all the haters...I don't know if that's true or I'm just trying to start trouble...
 Optimisc wrote:
A lot of T. Heads, uh?
 
Far too much !
Get pulled up.
 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Let's pogo!
 
OK. *pogo, pogo, pogo. . . * (while waving goodbye to Fred)


"Oh-oh-oh" - uh-oh <mute>
Original off Talking Heads "77 was my among my first exposures to these guys — at the Max's Kansas City Jukebox in NYC
Let's pogo!
a double live album originally released in 1982. For those who don't like the empty space instead of release date.
 More_Cowbell wrote:
Fun with capital Fu
 
11

Quite interesting.
I like early Talking Heads.  Saw them at Clark University in Worcester, MA 1979.  David Byrne was very energetical, and sweated a lot, almost from the start of the show.
Fun with capital Fu
kind of a tough morning, all told
A lot of T. Heads, uh?

{#Puke} No Likey!
I am not a bit TH hater like many here, but this one is not too good.{#No}
To much Heads is not good for me!
 mcYammer wrote:
pull up your dirty trousers and march off this site, HATERS.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Are you a professional musician? Shaddup.
 
Uh-huh. So only criticism from musicians is allowed on this board, and the rest of us have to post adulation or STFU? Oh dear, that'll make for a dull old BBS, and no mistake.

It's a discussion board. People discuss things on it. They post their feelings on it. Get used to it. If you don't like  to see St David being criticised, don't read the board. But don't tell posters to "shaddup".

It's songs like this that make me think that David Byrne is the inspiration for Too Much Coffee Man.{#Bananajam}
pogo baby, pogo.
Did anyone in the studio actually play back and listen to these vocals after they recorded them?
Hammer nails into my eyeballs!!!  {#Frustrated}
 junebaby65 wrote:

Not to sound too clueless, but what does OMFUG stand for?
 
That's not clueless. Clueless is asking the crazy-haired guy taking tickets at the door what it stands for.
 


Love it.  Stripped down honesty was just what I needed when TH came into my life.  Pull me up!! 
 rtwingo wrote:
This is absolutely horrific. The Vocals anyway, the music is fine, in a light-pop kind of way.

 
rtwingo is right IMO.  And here I thought I was the king of acquired tastes.

 jenakle wrote:
Psycho Killer
ba ba baaa   ba ba ba ba ba baa baaaa
 
Fond memories. Go see his movies!
pull up your dirty trousers and march off this site, HATERS.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Are you a professional musician? Shaddup.
{#Dancingbanana_2}   yeah, baby!      Lovin' that bass

 DaveInVA wrote:
{#Puke}
 
Right you are.
I'm in the "David Byrne is talented" camp...
As a sideline ...enough with the "meh"...
 DaveInVA wrote:
PLEASE Bill!
Enough already with all the Talking Heads/David Byrne crap! Enough to ruin anyones morning....
 
As long as it ruins your morning in the ruins.

meh.  LOVE the THs, but this is not one of their better efforts.
{#Puke}
I'm UP!  9!

 That_SOB wrote:

 DB's music is like Kim Chi  - - -Some folks love it, some folks develop a taste for it,  and some never do.

 
Like DB, kimchee had me at hello.

Psycho Killer
ba ba baaa   ba ba ba ba ba baa baaaa

I dont like the early David Byrne either! What is this? Disco?
PLEASE Bill!
Enough already with all the Talking Heads/David Byrne crap! Enough to ruin anyones morning....
I really like this record (The Name of This Band..) a lot. I bought it new, and that original vinyl copy is one of my most prized possesions. I'd say I'd like to have it buried with me, but:

1.) I'm being cremated.

2.) Having the thing around might mean my pop-radio loving daughter will one day listen to it, and might learn that music is *art*, and not some insipid background noise.

Yes, some of the performances on "Stop Making Sense" or the 1980 RAI TV special were better, but IMO *this* record is the best contemporary record of that band. YMMV..{#Whistle}


Not a hater so I'm not going to vote this a "1" or anything like that, but . . .

Some people with terrible voices (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Don Fagen) you endure because other aspects of their music make up for it. But this? Standard-grade bar rock. So the voice wears pretty thin pretty quickly.
 cirruss wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
YEAH!!! MORE TALKING HEADS!!! ITS NEVER ENOUGH!!
 
Bump
GREAT!YEAH!{#Dancingbanana_2}
nice segue from previous Phish song..
 Art_Carnage wrote:
A horribly inferior version of a really great song. Ditch this one, please!
 
What?!? Remake? Didn't know about it. This one is great.

Hey how about that, more Talking Heads on Radio Paradise.
Talking Heads sounding very punkish..cool!
A horribly inferior version of a really great song. Ditch this one, please!
My daily dose {#Dancingbanana_2} Thanks Bill.

 

 

 DB's music is like Kim Chi  - - -Some folks love it, some folks develop a taste for it,  and some never do.

 But if you do, it lights up your senses !  So take me to the river, washa me down, washa me down. Wooo Hooo !!!
 


This is absolutely horrific. The Vocals anyway, the music is fine, in a light-pop kind of way.

{#Dancingbanana_2}
Woke me out of my complacency and got my heart racing.

This was a special period in music, wasn't it?
{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}

{#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} {#Crashcomp} {#Fight} 
{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No}{#Grumpy} {#No} 

Shit! Twice in one day??? Within just over four hours of one another???

1:48 pmTalking Heads
Pulled Up
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads


9:23 amTalking Heads
Psycho Killer
Stop Making Sense (1984)

....at the risk of sounding like Excelsior....

I just don't get this band.  Is it meant to be appreciated like Cake, or what? 

Eccentric: yes. Fun at times: check.  But it seems so wearing.

Perhaps this is just too "interesting" for me...along with most Talking Heads. I prefer to admire them from afar, volume on mute.

My culinary comrades of the eighties were excited about wasabi/garlic ice cream ("how creative", they chimed in unison) but somehow, it just didn't come together for me...maybe I'm the problem, but I've not seen this kind of ice cream since. Good riddance
 wade44 wrote:
The should be a cap on the number of TH played in a day, and it should be 1. Two played in the last 4 hours.
 
That would be a cap of maybe once per week to encompass both TH and anything individually involving DB, preferably at 3 am Pacific time so I'd never have a chance to accidentally hear it..

{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
YEAH!!! MORE TALKING HEADS!!! ITS NEVER ENOUGH!!
This really pulled me up! Thanks!
So boring TH...hey guys, there are lots of cool music out there !   We're all sick, tired and bored
jjbix wrote:
T E D I O U S!

Bill Rebecca, nice new RP format / layout. looks real good!
Now just dump about 75 % of DB / T Heads; they are soooo played . . .



Hear, hear on both counts!


 T E D I O U S! 

Bill Rebecca, nice new RP format / layout. looks real good! 
            Now just dump about 75 % of DB / T Heads; they are soooo played . . .

EEEEEKKKK! What just happened? New format entirely?!?
The should be a cap on the number of TH played in a day, and it should be 1. Two played in the last 4 hours.