- Fear of Music (album)
Name = Fear of Music
Type = Studio
August 3, 1979
Recorded = Long Island City, NY,
April 22, 1979and May 6, 1979. The Hit Factory, Atlantic Studios, RPM Sound Studios, The Record Plant, New York
Genre = New Wave,
Length = 40:25
Label = Sire
Brian Enoand Talking Heads
Allmusicrating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Adjivad5kv8w1 link]
Robert Christgau(A-) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=talking+heads link]
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Last album = "
More Songs About Buildings and Food" (1978)
This album = Fear of Music (1979)
Next album = "
Remain in Light" (1980)
"Fear of Music" was the third album by
Talking Heads, released in 1979. It peaked at #21 in the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and singles "Life During Wartime " made #80 on the Pop Singles chart, and "I Zimbra" made #28 on the Club Play Singles chart. It claimed the number one slot on NME Album of the Year. The album was also ranked at number 76 on Channel 4list of the 100 greatest albums.
The song "I Zimbra" was adapted from the poem "Gadji beri bimba" by
Dadaist poet Hugo Ball. Its polyrhythms presaged the direction the band would take on its next album, " Remain in Light".
The original LP sleeve was all-black and
embossedwith a pattern that resembled the appearance and texture of diamond plate metal flooring.
In 2005, the album was re-released and remastered by
Warner Music Groupon their Warner Bros./ Sire Records/ Rhino Recordslabels in DualDiscformat, with four bonus tracks on the CD side ("Dancing for Money" and alternate versions of "Life During Wartime", "Cities" and "Mind"). The DVD-Audioside includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital 5.1 version of the album and the videos for "Cities" and "I Zimbra". In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zaxwith Talking Heads.
The alternate "Life During Wartime" is a full-length version with a guitar part by
Robert Fripp. The "Cities" alternate contains verses and musical elements not used in the album version.
All songs written by
David Byrne, except where noted.
I Zimbra" (Byrne, Brian Eno, Hugo Ball) – 3:06
#"Mind" – 4:12
#"Paper" – 2:36
#"Cities" – 4:05
#"Life During Wartime" (Byrne,
Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth) – 3:41
#"Memories Can't Wait" – 3:30
#"Air" – 3:33
#"Heaven" (Byrne, Harrison) – 4:01
#"Animals" – 3:29
#"Electric Guitar" – 2:59
#"Drugs" – 5:13
David Byrne– vocals, guitars
Chris Frantz– drum kit
Jerry Harrison– keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
Tina Weymouth– bass, backing vocals
Brian Eno– backing vocals, treatments
*Gene Wilder and Ari –
congas on "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" [These credits refer to two street drummers, per the band's biography: cite book |last=Bowman |first=David |title=This Must Be the Place |origyear=2001 |origmonth=April |edition=paperback ed. |date=2002-11-26 |publisher=Harper Paperbacks |location=New York |language=English |isbn=0060507314 |pages=p. 146 |chapter=Hoovering |quote=Later two street drummers, credited as 'Gene Wilder and Ari', were rounded up from Washington Square Park to beat bongos [sic]to the cut as well.]
Robert Fripp– guitar on "I Zimbra"
*The Sweetbreathes – backing vocals on "Air"
*Julie Last – backing vocals on "I Zimbra"
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