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Talking Heads — Houses In Motion
Album: Remain In Light
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6.5

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Total ratings: 1476









Released: 1980
Length: 4:19
Plays (last 30 days): 2
For a long time I felt without style or grace
Wearing shoes with no socks in cold weather
I knew my heart was in the right place
I knew I'd be able to do these things.

And as we watch him digging his own grave
It is important to know that was where he's at
He can't afford to stop...That is what he believe
He'll keep on digging for a thousand years.

I'm walking a line-I'm thinking about empty motion
I'm walking a line-Just barely enough to be living
Get outa the way-No time to begin
This isn't the time-So nothing was done
Not talking about-Not many at all
I'm turning around-No trouble at all
You notice there's nothing around you, around you
I'm walking a line-Divide and dissolve.

Never get to say much, never get to talk
Tell us a little bit, but not too much
Right about then, is where she give up
She has closed her eyes, she has give up hope

I'm walking a line-I hate to be dreaming in motion
I'm walking a line-Just barely enough to be living
Get outa the way-No time to begin
This isn't the time-So nothing was done
Not talking about-Not many at all
I'm turning around-No trouble at all
I'm keeping my fingers behind me, 'hind me
I'm walking a line-Divide and dissolve.

I turn myself around, I'm moving backwards and forwards
I'm moving twice as much as I was before
I'll keep on digging to the center of the Earth
I'll be down in there moving the in the room...

I'm walking a line-Visiting houses in motion
I'm walking a line-Just barely enough to be living
Get outa the way-No time to begin
This isn't the time-So nothing was done
Not talking about-Not many at all
I'm turning around-No trouble at all
Two different houses surround you, 'round you
I'm walking a line-Divide and dissolve.
Comments (192)add comment
For the folks who don't like this, let me recommend the Muzak version.
Anyone else think this sounds like a really squeaky fart? 
 thewiseking wrote:
this was some album
 


Just a lot. 

 Siberian_snowman wrote:
 
+1 Arggghhhh
Really bad...
I love that huge elephant horn sound which I guess is a synthesizer.  Truly unique which is why these guys were known for being so artistic.  The percussion section was also a master of creativity--so many percussive sounds coming together.  Just love it.
I can't see many albums in the coming remainder of my lifetime jazzing me this hard the first time I hear it. Just a fact of a shortening life of listening. 
This was quite a record. Nobody plays this track. Forgot how much I like this stuff. Thanks, RP!
The sound of GENIUS! F'n BRILLIANT!  
Bumped that one from 4 to 5.

I think I'm going senior. Or senile. Take your pick.
E - fu_king - G A D S
 alezz_ua wrote:
Tonnes of remarks here on RP about how TH music was innovative back in 80s.
But today listening to TH really feels like visiting in museum of IT.
You know what was also innovative in 80s? IBM PC. Nostalgic in museum. Useless on daily basis.
Please don't make TH a daily experience.

IBM PC
 
{#Clap}
I used to play this and KC "discipline" back to back while cleaning the shop. 
this was some album
 LPCity wrote:

Well said.  And yet, reading and listening to the lyrics today I had to laugh because it reminds me of many conversations with my teenage daughter: half sentences, changes of direction mid-stream of consciousness rambling and, occasionally, an actual reply to the question I originally asked her.

I dig the song. 

 
It still rules. 

Your daughter is channeling early TH, I'm guessing.  
 andycollingridge wrote:
Byrne's poetic lyrical genius shines particularly brightly through this one. Always loved his determined use of clean, simple language to conjure up unique, slightly off-kilter little worlds. 
 
Well said.  And yet, reading and listening to the lyrics today I had to laugh because it reminds me of many conversations with my teenage daughter: half sentences, changes of direction mid-stream of consciousness rambling and, occasionally, an actual reply to the question I originally asked her.

I dig the song. 
Pure garbage.  Put that Dada-ist offal back in the midden heap where it belongs.
 SeriousLee wrote:
I'm sure that was a great tune 36 years ago.

 
It wasn't
I'm sure that was a great tune 36 years ago.
Just a noise....
 scraig wrote:


 
pheeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww - a - pheeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww !!!!!!!  cool tune man
I've always thought that this is one of the trippiest songs ever, from maybe THE trippiest album ever. That warble-horn effect wows me!
Nothing like some good Head. makes me want to get up and move.
I seem to be in the minority on RP but I love this album and also More Songs About Buildings and Food.  However I don't like some of TH later stuff.  This particular song reminds me of a road trip from New South Wales to Queensland in Australia in the early 1980's.  Unusual music for a wonderful experience.
 andycollingridge wrote:
Byrne's poetic lyrical genius shines particularly brightly through this one. Always loved his determined use of clean, simple language to conjure up unique, slightly off-kilter little worlds. 
 
Good to read your comment
Sucko Barfo only scrapes the surface of how bad this song is. 

OMG, what a day for such an annoying cackle.

 


{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
Tonnes of remarks here on RP about how TH music was innovative back in 80s.
But today listening to TH really feels like visiting in museum of IT.
You know what was also innovative in 80s? IBM PC. Nostalgic in museum. Useless on daily basis.
Please don't make TH a daily experience.

IBM PC



Byrne's poetic lyrical genius shines particularly brightly through this one. Always loved his determined use of clean, simple language to conjure up unique, slightly off-kilter little worlds. 
 Kaw wrote:

I agree.

 
I agree as well
 Tippster wrote:

I understand this song is a bit... challenging... but RP has probably been playing TH since day 1.  Maybe you need to find a different free internet radio station?

 
Or, you could find some tolerance for people who disagree with you.
I loathe the Talking Heads (with one or two very minor exceptions) — and U2, for that matter — but I would neither give up on the often inspiring Radio Paradise on that basis, nor would I urge you to move on simply because you don't understand the "challenging" Rickie Lee Jones.


 Tippster wrote:

I understand this song is a bit... challenging... but RP has probably been playing TH since day 1.  Maybe you need to find a different free internet radio station?

 
I've been listening to (and promoting) RP for over 12 years, so don't be lecturing me.

I'm entitled to my complete and total disdain for TH and DB.
Maybe it's the hops, but this has been a great set this evening....
 jagdriver wrote:
No.Talking.Heads.here.thanks.    {#Naughty}

 
I understand this song is a bit... challenging... but RP has probably been playing TH since day 1.  Maybe you need to find a different free internet radio station?
 scraig wrote:


 
I agree.
Was listening to this album earlier today while running, and, as it always has and shall ever continue to do so, the brilliance shines on...
 yep absolutely brillant.
Ahnyer_Keester wrote:

Couldn't agree more! 10 all the way!!

 


No.Talking.Heads.here.thanks.    {#Naughty}

brilliant!  {#Dancingbanana}
Oh shi(f)t... :-)
I want to listen to quite good songs.,,,,, how do i find them
 aspicer wrote:
Perplexing to me how this is a 6.6 with the quality of listeners on RP?! This is/was some the most innovative music of then and even now! A clear 10! 

 
Couldn't agree more! 10 all the way!!
Perplexing to me how this is a 6.6 with the quality of listeners on RP?! This is/was some the most innovative music of then and even now! A clear 10! 
10, next one
 LowPhreak wrote:
Belew's guitar and Weymouth's bass on this record is the shit. {#Guitarist}

 
Oh, I thought it was quite good.
Belew's guitar and Weymouth's bass on this record is the shit. {#Guitarist}
 gekkosan wrote:
Is that John Hassel in the trumpet?
   

nagsheadlocal wrote:

I've always wondered who was playing in the horn section on this -  has a nice feel. If you find out let us know (teh Googles are silent on this).

 
My friends and I always thought it was Jon Hassell playing. And golly yes, Wikipedia says it is so: ""Houses in Motion" incorporates lengthy brass performances from Jon Hassell, while "Listening Wind" features Arabic music elements."

This song was just mind-blowing when it came out...the whole album really. This is My Fave Song from one of the best albums of all time, even if it has spots that haven't really stood the test of time.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This is white funk; distilled, concentrated, minimized, amplified, stretched, perforated, strained, crystallized, purified, radiated, treated, bombarded, refined, liquified, titrated, analyzed, chlorinated, magnified, compounded, extruded and recorded. 100% pure fun!
 
You forgot glorified and magnified (edit, I see you did include magnified).  ; )

https://images.artistdirect.com/Images/Sources/AMGCOVERS/music/cover200/drr200/r214/r21489pmxqz.jpg
Whole album is outstanding.
{#Eh}
 
peter_james_bond wrote:
This is white funk; distilled, concentrated, minimized, amplified, stretched, perforated, strained, crystallized, purified, radiated, treated, bombarded, refined, liquified, titrated, analyzed, chlorinated, magnified, compounded, extruded and recorded. 100% pure fun!

 
Bastardized.  You forgot bastardized.  Though coming from me that really makes no sense, since I hate funk.  Generally love TH.  This song?  Ah, no.
 
Absolutely Brilliant!
 Bosami wrote:
Respect the musicianship/originality/creativity of the Talking Heads? Yes.

Like this song? NO.

 
Yeah!  33 years on . . . and I just can't stay that hyper any more.
Outstanding- TH was the rocket fuel of the arts community in the 1980's.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This is white funk; distilled, concentrated, minimized, amplified, stretched, perforated, strained, crystallized, purified, radiated, treated, bombarded, refined, liquified, titrated, analyzed, chlorinated, magnified, compounded, extruded and recorded. 100% pure fun!
 

What a fabulous comment! {#Clap}

Love this album so much...I have it on vinyl, tape cassette, CD and mp3...when the mood strikes, I need to be able to hear it whenever, wherever, however. The Remain in Light tour was unbelievably amazing, too.
 Bosami wrote:
Respect the musicianship/originality/creativity of the Talking Heads? Yes.

Like this song? NO.
 
Checkmate!

On the rare occasion RP plays something I don’t care for, I always remind myself that it still beats listening to commercials.


Ugh.  Nasty.
Phish did a seriously great Halloween concert version of Remain in Light. Both albums are in my car right now.
 
 Bosami wrote:
Respect the musicianship/originality/creativity of the Talking Heads? Yes.

Like this song? NO.
 
Understanding that people have to make a living? Yes. Is this, or anything by the Talking Heads, worth listening to? Not really.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This is white funk; distilled, concentrated, minimized, amplified, stretched, perforated, strained, crystallized, purified, radiated, treated, bombarded, refined, liquified, titrated, analyzed, chlorinated, magnified, compounded, extruded and recorded. 100% pure fun!
 
Hey, welcome back, Peter James!!
This is white funk; distilled, concentrated, minimized, amplified, stretched, perforated, strained, crystallized, purified, radiated, treated, bombarded, refined, liquified, titrated, analyzed, chlorinated, magnified, compounded, extruded and recorded. 100% pure fun!
 Hans_Heintz wrote:
Amazed at the low rating on this I started reading the comments and found that probably this is the point where people who like abstract and people who like explicit get divided. If I were to choose which TH I do*NOT* like I'd say : "take me to the river"

I hope RP never makes our ratings too important. They'd be playing the hitparade in no time.
PS: the cat whining in the background is Jon Hassell, also known for his work on Brilliant Trees by David Sylvian.

 
I'm with you Hans - abstract stretches one and some like to be stretched, others less so. I'm in the stretch me till I nearly break category.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Exactly. If people find this music too challenging there are plenty of easy listening stations out there.
I personally tune into RP because they play songs like this rather than the same usual crap that everybody likes. Yeesh.
Don't give in to the whiners Bill!
 

I find this just challenging enough, but not too challenging. I'm sure all of the more discerning listeners out there agree with me. . .  {#Cheesygrin}
Respect the musicianship/originality/creativity of the Talking Heads? Yes.

Like this song? NO.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Exactly. If people find this music too challenging there are plenty of easy listening stations out there.
I personally tune into RP because they play songs like this rather than the same usual crap that everybody likes. Yeesh.
 
I don't think folk find TH "too challenging", they just can't be doing with David "Teletubby" Byrne's voice. I doubt that there's anyone with an ounce of musical appreciation would acknowledge that your man is an intelligent and inventive songwriter, and that TH were an innovative band that influenced many other bands and changed the 'alternative' musical scene appreciably. However, the downside of a 'distinctive' voice (Dylan, Waits, Cohen, Bjork,Chapman et al) is that it can generate love and hate. Which is a good thing.
 gekkosan wrote:
Is that John Hassel in the trumpet?
 
I've always wondered who was playing in the horn section on this -  has a nice feel. If you find out let us know (teh Googles are silent on this).
If something still sounds great to me after hearing it for so many years I oughta give it a higher rating.
Absolutely F'n AMAZING music!  Talk about pioneering and innovative! Note it was 1980....
 Glencoe_JC wrote:
utterly awesome!
even as a teenager it beguiled me
growing older and learning to 'hear' the music from this album
I am now happy to say it's a touchstone work within my field of music tastes
can completely understand why folks find this music too difficult...
 
Exactly. If people find this music too challenging there are plenty of easy listening stations out there.
I personally tune into RP because they play songs like this rather than the same usual crap that everybody likes. Yeesh.
Don't give in to the whiners Bill!
So funny to read comments that some TH fans think THIS song is noise. Somehow, they can't hear how horrible it ALL is.  Wake up!
Is that John Hassel in the trumpet?
 missyanneb wrote:
This song is just utterly grating.

I love TH... but can't stand this one.
 
There are many, many other TH songs I hate—most of "Little Creatures", e.g.—but "Remain in Light" was amazingly ahead of its time and miles better than the preceding TH albums.

I understand why you don't like thisong—likes/dislikes often just come down something in the ear that we can't grasp—but this one really works for me. Love Jon Hassell's dizzy, looping trumpet work (yes, the whining cat in the background). 

Trust me: for tho
se of you not listening to rock in 1980, this was Out There. In a good way. 
Maybe this tune belongs on "My life in the bush of ghosts".
2 days in a row?  MUTE.
utterly awesome!
even as a teenager it beguiled me
growing older and learning to 'hear' the music from this album
I am now happy to say it's a touchstone work within my field of music tastes
can completely understand why folks find this music too difficult...


OK the record is all set, we just need 1 more song to take up time....
OK...let's just play a bunch of noise....bring that bag of fleas cat we found out back in the recording  studio, let's give him a chance.
Do you think people will buy it? Oh yeah, I imagine a world in which Mick Jagger does the same thing, but he calls it Super Heavy. 
 Nerubo wrote:
I usually fall on the "Talking Heads" are not annoying side of the fence, but not for this song. Does it never occur to musicians that their songs might be plan annoying?
 
Pushing the envelope. . . I am all for it. This in particular I really like. 

So there.  
I usually fall on the "Talking Heads" are not annoying side of the fence, but not for this song. Does it never occur to musicians that their songs might be plan annoying?
Amazed at the low rating on this I started reading the comments and found that probably this is the point where people who like abstract and people who like explicit get divided. If I were to choose which TH I do*NOT* like I'd say : "take me to the river"

I hope RP never makes our ratings too important. They'd be playing the hitparade in no time.
PS: the cat whining in the background is Jon Hassell, also known for his work on Brilliant Trees by David Sylvian.

This song is just utterly grating.

I love TH... but can't stand this one.
 Byronape wrote:

If I was a cat, I'd do that, chew on the wires, and maybe leave a message in pee on it. 

Giving this a 3 for ho-hum would say that this is boring.  It isn't boring, it's just not very good.  I'm not sure if that is a trumpet, trombone, kazoo, or one of Cynaera's cats being strangled slowly in the background.

(Sorry about that image Cynaera!)

 
Byronape, what you're hearing in the background is a neighborhood stray cat in heat (which is much, much worse than the sound of a cat being strangled, I would have to guess.) Whatever the case, this isn't the greatest of Talking Head songs. {#Rolleyes}
 Cynaera wrote:
I sorta like this song, in a primal way. I don't think my cat likes this song, in ANY way.  She just knocked one of my speakers over and started swatting it. {#Roflol}
 
If I was a cat, I'd do that, chew on the wires, and maybe leave a message in pee on it. 

Giving this a 3 for ho-hum would say that this is boring.  It isn't boring, it's just not very good.  I'm not sure if that is a trumpet, trombone, kazoo, or one of Cynaera's cats being strangled slowly in the background.

(Sorry about that image Cynaera!)

 Axelito wrote:
{#Beat}{#Drunk}{#Fire}{#Skull}{#Ass}{#Puke}
Got the idea?!
 
No, pourriez-vous l'épeler en français?
 

I know you're a Heads fan, Bill, but please...this song is noise!{#Yell}

I sorta like this song, in a primal way. I don't think my cat likes this song, in ANY way.  She just knocked one of my speakers over and started swatting it. {#Roflol}
{#Beat}{#Drunk}{#Fire}{#Skull}{#Ass}{#Puke}
Got the idea?!
{#Yes} Shesdifferent wrote:
{#Stop}
 


{#Stop}
Well I love it.... except for maybe that one horn at the end that sounds like he's busy cleaning out the spit valve...  but otherwise it's great!  {#Music}
The first set I tuned into in 2011 has been kickass. Happy new year!

 TernaryBit wrote:
I don't think I'll ever understand Bill's affection for Talking Heads and David Byrne, but I suppose he could probably say the same for some of my preferences.

Well said, Bit. We all have our preferences. They vary.

This is good.... 

Yes.

{#Clap}
 Papernapkin wrote:

Yeah, it's so tiring. To the point where if given up on sending money. Tuning out.
 
Fine, then!  Stop listening and let the rest of us enjoy it.  It's not like there aren't thousands of other internet stations around!

 Papernapkin wrote:

Yeah, it's so tiring. To the point where if given up on sending money. Tuning out.
 
I see you still continue to pilfer. {#Grumpy}

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Smile
  I really like it ! {#Yes}

Yaaaah, liking that funky, eclectic style{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}{#Tongue}{#Whipit}
Kick ass! I love listening to this while at work where I feel like I'll keep on digging for a thousand years.
 DaveInVA wrote:

 

Real wordsmith, eh?
I've said it before: Nonpareil.
I like this one! It is very weird and funky, right up my alley!{#Daisy}
Smile
As usual, the Heads have polarized the RP audience. I'm a fan. Ah well...
 Giselle62 wrote:
Tina Weymouth, a petite little blond woman, playing some funky-ass bass.
 
To quote a totally random guy in a guitar shop near Times Square in the early 90's:
"The world needs more chicks that play bass."



Tina Weymouth, a petite little blond woman, playing some funky-ass bass.
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bounce}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana}{#Drunk}
 paulmack wrote:
I've had this album forever, but this sounds different to me than the album version - a different mix (slightly). Or am I just hallucinating?
 

I think it's been remastered.
I've had this album forever, but this sounds different to me than the album version - a different mix (slightly). Or am I just hallucinating?
Best band of the 80s. Period.
 Dragonfly_Launch wrote:
To throw this music at the world at the time they did. Like they knew something the rest of us did not. Well. damn. Van Gogh did the same thing, except he died before the rest of us caught up.
 
So David Byrne is to music what Van Gogh was to art? I don't think so, mate. Get a sense of proportion. Even the biggest Byrne fan wouldn't rate him as a world-renowned artist whose fame will last for centuries.

Over half an hour and 7 songs with none above a 3 - looks like RP's hit one of its (to me) doldrum periods. Still, I'm sure it'll pick up shortly - I have faith in Our Blessed Bill & Becky (May Coolness Be Upon Them) :o)

 Papernapkin wrote:
Yeah, it's so tiring. To the point where if given up on sending money. Tuning out.
 
There are deadbeat dads and then there are deadbeat RP members! {#No}

 TernaryBit wrote:
I don't think I'll ever understand Bill's affection for Talking Heads and David Byrne, but I suppose he could probably say the same for some of my preferences.
 
Yeah, it's so tiring. To the point where if given up on sending money. Tuning out.
I don't think I'll ever understand Bill's affection for Talking Heads and David Byrne, but I suppose he could probably say the same for some of my preferences.
This band is proof the 80s weren't all bad.
sweeeeet.........
some of the coolest guitar ever I think
Adrian Belew is a guitar genius... with Bowie, Zappa, Byrne, Fripp or alone... is great!