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Talking Heads — Stay Hungry
Album: More Songs About Buildings and Food
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 447









Released: 1978
Length: 2:34
Plays (last 30 days): 0
I think that we can signify our love now
Ooh girl, you can initiate an impulse of love

Stay hungry, stay hungry, stay hungry
Move a muscle, move a muscle, move a muscle
Make a motion, make a motion, make a motion
Pull it tighter, pull it tighter, pull it tighter
Double beatin', double beatin', double beatin'
Double beatin', double beatin', double beatin'
Palpitation, palpitation, palpitation
Stay hungry, stay hungry, stay hungry

Here's that rhythm again
Here's my shoulder blade
Here's the sound I made
Here's the picture I saved
Here I am
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This is what genius sounds like!  
It's SO awful... 1 it a way too much for that.
Hard to believe this song came out almost FORTY YEARS ago and it still annoys me just as much as it did then?

And have you, " Byrne is a genious," people ever noticed how much everything he did after Talking Heads sucked? Let's give the rest of the band a little credit, okay?
WTF?!
David Byrne's picture is next to the definition of music genius in the dictionary
 

It's almost lunch time, and I'm gettin' HUNGRY!!


This song could do a lot to curb obesity in the U.S.

Listen up, fat asses!

{#Hungry}
What an extraordinary, landmark album.
 Jannne wrote:
      Have loved this a long time.....  {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Guitarist} ........here's that rhythm again.....

 
Me too--this and "Warning Sign" are forever awesome!
      Have loved this a long time.....  {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Guitarist} ........here's that rhythm again.....
OH MY GOD IT'S TIME MACHINE TIME ON RP AGAIN...It's '78...my buddy Mike C. has this LP in his hands, and he puts it on. The freakiest, trippiest, weirdest sounds start coming out of the speakers. The weed is kicking in. It's just after High School. His mom is not home yet. We smoke yet another joint, and listen to More Songs About Buildings and Food. Take Me To The River was the "hit," but...
 coloradojohn wrote:
So monumentally cool to hear this again and remember being 16 in the fall of '78 in my mom's VW bug jamming to it for the first few times...me and Donnie S. had just left an Honor Society meeting and the weed came out and into the tape-deck this one went, and...
—here's that sound again...here's that rhythm again...
YES! now and forever trippy as can be!

 
so Cool coloradojohn (as usual)!!!  makes me wanna search out a roach, or even a can of PBR and start pogo-ing around my work space to this happy trippy sound, good times!
Love this track!

My God, what is THAT...

1 is too much for this track...


 JoepKoperdraat wrote:

SURE!!!!   A 9 is the minimum. STAY HUNGRY

 
9+ I thinks
 aspicer wrote:

You are in good company! A 9 indeed... {#Yes}

 
SURE!!!!   A 9 is the minimum. STAY HUNGRY
 cohifi wrote:
I'm thinking it should be a 9.......
 
You are in good company! A 9 indeed... {#Yes}

I'm currently reading David Byrne's "How Music Works"

What a great book... he's.very intellectual and insightful.

Highly recommended!


I'm thinking it should be a 9.......
..i love it when a song/song title fits the motif of the album name..
 rmzajac wrote:
Best cut off the best TH album.

 
This could well be the one!
Meh. Was there something to this we're supposed to grab on to? 
How funky they were at the time!
Best cut off the best TH album.
So monumentally cool to hear this again and remember being 16 in the fall of '78 in my mom's VW bug jamming to it for the first few times...me and Donnie S. had just left an Honor Society meeting and the weed came out and into the tape-deck this one went, and...
—here's that sound again...here's that rhythm again...
YES! now and forever trippy as can be!
perfected percussion
Yes indeedy, before the days he felt compelled to sing one octave above his natural register.
Unbelievable tune from a classic and timeless album! BTW you can see the original cover art collage/sculpture at the Rock & Roll hall of fame - its MUCH bigger than I could have imagined and very cool to see in person! It's maybe 10-12 feet tall or more. It used to be in Tina and Chris' loft.
 treatment_bound wrote:
I BEG TO DIFFER! EARLY HEADS ALBUMS RULE!!
 
Yes they do. The first four got me from DC to NY many times over. 
 terrapin52 wrote:
Dang.  If they only had a singer.
 
Would have loved to hear Ethel Merman cover this. 

Lasker98's right, though: this was fresh and disturbing in its time.  
 Deadwing wrote:


It is a little reminiscent of Sara Lee        {#Guitarist}
 
I'm guessing you're not Australian then or did you mean to compare Talking Heads to ice cream?
I thank my lucky rock and roll stars that a friend and I turned ourselves onto this wild band right when this came out...the radio played Take Me to the River, but as many folks know by now, that was not even the tip of the freaky ice-berg they were (almost alone) on at the time...I can never forget that while certain things sounded great under the inf of weed — which we were also discovering in a big way at the time — like, say, The Cars, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, the Who, Led Zep, THIS BAND sounded particularly edgy and weird.  And we LIKED IT.  Still do, too...  Thanks for this priceless little Time-Trip!

Dang.  If they only had a singer.
A 7. Plus an extra "1" for the great segue from the Amadou & Mariam song before it.
 Jelani wrote:
Sounds so much like Robert Fripp and League of Gentelmen. Must be Tina's bass.
 

It is a little reminiscent of Sara Lee        {#Guitarist}
{#Drummer}

Haven't heard this for a while. Love it!

The groove at the end...

That's it. 1978. This song and this album if is being released today, would be fully present. This only proves, once again, that good music is timeless and does not prescribe. Thanks David.

Amazing song. Especially considering when it came out.
Sounds so much like Robert Fripp and League of Gentelmen. Must be Tina's bass.
 lemmoth wrote:
From a guy tagged dev1 on Amazon The glue that holds the compositions of More Songs About Buildings And Food together is Tina Weymouth's rhythmic and understated base lines. Without her concrete rhythm chords anchoring the tenuous melodies and dissonant harmonies, More Songs would collapse into an incongruous pile of musical rubble.
 
Maybe. But then there's Brian Eno... Sometimes he has some good ideas, too.
This was such an important record when it came out. Not as ragged as their '77 album, and it resonated with a sense of importance, as well as an intelligent aggression.

Remember that, at this point, commercial radio would not play Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Devo, Pretenders, and many many other classic bands. They were "new wave" in some fashion, and NOT part of what the airwaves included. Hearing something like this was a breath of fresh air in a stale, musty, dark room.

Here's that rhythm again.
Here I am
Here...I...am...


 DaveInVA wrote:
Mr Creosote says:

 

Dave, this song is pretty "F"-ing good.  I remember seeing them play it live in the fall of '79 at The Guthrie Theater in Mpls., & it was absolutely captivating at that time, with NOTHING else like it.  
To put it in a little better perspective, April Wine, Molly Hatchet & Journey were ruling the world that summer on the airwaves.  GOD it was awful to turn on a radio.

 musikalia wrote:

 

AWSOME!!!!!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

This "funny" visual just never gets old, does it?
Time to give it a rest, there Dave.

 
Oh, let Dave be Dave.  This was a great album!

 DaveInVA wrote:
Mr Creosote says:

 
This "funny" visual just never gets old, does it?
Time to give it a rest, there Dave.

Mr Creosote says:

 timc wrote:
Is twice in an hour too much Byrne?
 
If that actually happened, and I have my doubts, I'd still be hungry for more. {#Hungry}
 timc wrote:
Is twice in an hour too much Byrne?
 

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much.  in fact, twice a day is too much
 timc wrote:
Is twice in an hour too much Byrne?
 

Yes.
I prefer the live version of this on The Name of the Band Is... I'm with Deadwing and many others. Talking Heads or David Byrne are just fine any time.
{#Drummer}
My nine month old girl really likes TH.  I mean _a lot_.  LIkes them way more than much of the other stuff I play.  I'm thinking they have a groove that connects to some developmental neural network in a big way.  Probably explains why I like them so much.  Not fully developed yet.  Hoping to be some day.

 
Deadwing wrote:
I feel bad for you guys that don't get the Heads. It's just sublime in it's strange little way =>
Agreed. I feel the same level of pity for the jazz haters, too. Sometimes, it's learning how to listen.
Didn't we hear DB 40 minutes ago?
Is twice in an hour too much Byrne? :think:
From a guy tagged dev1 on Amazon The glue that holds the compositions of More Songs About Buildings And Food together is Tina Weymouth's rhythmic and understated base lines. Without her concrete rhythm chords anchoring the tenuous melodies and dissonant harmonies, More Songs would collapse into an incongruous pile of musical rubble.
I was 18 - 21 and hanging out at Max's Kansas City, CBGB's and the Mudd Club in 1977 - 1980. The T Heads music was so fresh and so different than the corporate slop being played on the radio that it indeed had a profound impact on me and many of my brethren and sistren. You couldn't have found groups more different in their approach than the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and Television (and many others less famous). It has always been kind of funny seeing them all grouped together as punk - even as an attitude - never mind the music. Anyway - does the music hold up over time. All I can say is that some does and some doesn't. This would be a song that doesn't.
I did not grow up listening to TH, and really did not like them through sophomore year in college. Everything everyone who does not like TH say is what I would have said about them too. For some reason Junior year it just clicked for me. All of the sudden I got it, and now I love'em. I got my sister to watch "Stop Making Sense", and now she is the same way. If you want to like them but don't, maybe you should give them one more listen...and relax.
mongoose01ca wrote:
What is it about David Byrne's voice that makes me feel so fingers-on-chalkboard? Sigh. I don't get why people love this. Hasn't aged well at all.
I BEG TO DIFFER! EARLY HEADS ALBUMS RULE!!
What is it about David Byrne's voice that makes me feel so fingers-on-chalkboard? Sigh. I don't get why people love this. Hasn't aged well at all.
auburntigerrich wrote:
I get the impression that 99 out of 100 fans grew up listening to their records as they were released.
Well count me as that 1/100 I definitely didn't grow up listening to Talking Heads but I think David Byrne is an absolute genius!
I feel bad for you guys that don't get the Heads. It's just sublime in it's strange little way =]
Yet again. No thanks, I'm driving. There's a reason that so many folks, like myself, can't stand Talking Heads. Vocals like these are so niche, so retro... it's not something that you can run into and find an appreciation for. I get the impression that 99 out of 100 fans grew up listening to their records as they were released. I just can't find any redeeming traits to the guy, either related to harmony, melody, or anything. Twitch inducing. 2.
they must be joking..
pushkinjim wrote:
This is bullshit! Break the cds!
:pray: In fact this is marvelous! My rating is clearly a 10!
I am digging his voice, more than the songs, but some of those are really excellent.
:dance:
pushkinjim wrote:
This is bullshit! Break the cds!
Pharisee.
This is bullshit! Break the cds!
I must hear talking heads at least 3 times every work day. I don't mind them.... But it seems very disproportionate....
Head and Elvis this morning. That's irritating some haters, but I'm pleased and bounding in my seat!
spectacular - this is the sixth 10-star song today!
jewmanchu80 wrote:
I am tired of hearing you guys bitching about the Talking Heads... They are one of the greatest American bands of all time. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty that is the Talking Heads... The only thing better than the Talking Heads is David Byrne by himself!!! :nyah:
Amen Heads RULE!
QueenLucia wrote:
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Ditto. Without the Heads, there would hardly be "eclectic" music. (a little hyperbole, I know, but there it is)
i'm always happy to hear the talking heads
jewmanchu80 wrote:
I am tired of hearing you guys bitching about the Talking Heads... They are one of the greatest American bands of all time. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty that is the Talking Heads...
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I never recognize this one during the intro. Once it hits the first Stay Hungry, then I remember - "Wait, this is one of the few Talking Heads songs I actually like!!!!"
3 Ho-Hum
I am tired of hearing you guys bitching about the Talking Heads... They are one of the greatest American bands of all time. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty that is the Talking Heads... The only thing better than the Talking Heads is David Byrne by himself!!! :nyah:
This is one of those desert island records for me...great from start to finish.
passsion8 wrote:
Right along side ya there , pardner!! :puke:
Me too! :puke:
passsion8 wrote:
Right along side ya there , pardner!! :puke:
Have ta agree ... most of TH's stuff hasn't lasted well ... People compare Arcade Fire with them, but AC have passion, while this is cerebral music (too much so)
whoa...i don't know where bill's getting his vibe today!? this morning's set is obviously so carefully mapped that i don't believe even he can follow it's path. he's all over the board, man. most excellent! sending support for september! :bounce:
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!
Right along side ya there , pardner!! :puke:
:yes:
Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on!
"Don't get upset - it's not a major disaster"
coloradojohn wrote:
Artists only DAMN THAT TELEVISION (found a job) Big Country Love it -- More songs about buildings and food, please, Mr. Bill! :hearteyes:
I second this comment
MikeCloud wrote:
If you want to impress play something off My Life in the Bush of Ghosts -- now that would be something to write home about!
But that's not a TH album, although it's very good. You can always upload your faves...
Makes me want to pull out the old record...except I don't have it anymore! Girls Want To Be With The Girls is one I'd love to hear again... It was the summer of '78, and David Byrne and Rick Ocasek were freaking us out (and so was the good weed and cheap beer we had)... Ahh, remember a day... oh, and ah -- how about some Floyd? :hearteyes:
Actually RP doesn't play any where near deep enough into the talking heads catalog -- they usually just play the obvious hits, with a few sojourns into Remain in Light. Not that Remain in Light isn't excellent, but the album has what 10 songs on it -- all of them perfect -- and Talking Heads/David Byrne has what 15 albums? Maybe 20, hell maybe 25 If you want to impress play something off My Life in the Bush of Ghosts -- now that would be something to write home about!
Artists only DAMN THAT TELEVISION (found a job) Big Country Love it -- More songs about buildings and food, please, Mr. Bill! :hearteyes:
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!
lostintokyo wrote:
after faithfully listening to the T-Heads all thru college, I was burned out on them. now hearing them again some twenty years later, I realize how ahead of their time they were. very refreshing!
Kind of similar - they aren't always the first thing on the list of things to listen to nowadays (burned these guys out in college) but songs like this one still sound amazing! Buildings and Fear of Music - As Count Floyd (SCTV) used to say, "Eeew! Scary, scary stuff kiddies." Both scary records, indeed. Great add, Bill!
after faithfully listening to the T-Heads all thru college, I was burned out on them. now hearing them again some twenty years later, I realize how ahead of their time they were. very refreshing!
Shaken_Bake wrote:
The cover of this album, a collage by David Hockney, always fascinated the hell out of me. What great art, and what a great album!
The life-size original is at the R&R Hall of Fame. Really cool
I went to art school in NYC during this group's heyday, and their odd sound fit the environment of creative exploration & pseudo punk bizareness that was everywhere. It still makes me feel uncomfortable and weird like an awkward propositon from a bisexual looking to try someone different just cuz.
nick_valensi wrote:
Talking Heads, always a 10.
:yes: Ditto Nick, the TH (or David Byrne solo) can do no wrong in my book.
The cover of this album, a collage by David Hockney, always fascinated the hell out of me. What great art, and what a great album!
this song is peppy and fun. "initiate an impulse of love." this song's about DOIN' IT!
Talking Heads, always a 10.