Song of the Week: “Love –> Building on Fire” by Talking Heads

by Douglas Cowie on 2 October 2015

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Love –> Building on Fire” by Talking Heads:

“Love –> Building on Fire” was Talking Heads’ first single, way way back in 1977.  Talking Heads never got better than this; they just kept being this outrageously good, in a variety of ways, while always being Talking Heads.  Let’s stop and think about 1977, and the few years before that, for a minute, though; one of my favorite things about Talking Heads is that, though it’s a great way to start arguments, this is a punk band; imagine seeing them night after night after night, sharing a stage with Ramones: two bands with completely different aesthetics sharing a sensibility anyway, and doing great, great, great things with it.

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