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David Byrne(vocals, guitar)
Jerry Harrison(guitar, keyboards)
Artistfacts for Talking Heads
Byrne, Frantz, and Weymouth all attended the Rhode Island School Of Design, which is where they met. When they graduated in 1974, they moved to New York City, where they formed the band.
Frantz and Weymouth started dating in 1972 and got married in 1977.
In 1981, the band members took on outside projects: Byrne scored the Twyla Tharp musical The Catherine Wheel
, Harrison released a solo album called The Red and the Black
, and Weymouth and Frantz formed a group called the Tom Tom Club, which had hits with "Genius Of Love
" and "Wordy Rappinghood
In our interview with Chris Frantz
, he explained that they weren't planning to start a new band, but were encouraged to do so by their accountant, who told them they were low on cash.
"Talking Head" is a television term for a person, usually a newscaster, speaking on camera; a friend suggested it after seeing it in an issue of TV Guide magazine.
The name has another meaning as well: carnivals and other oddities events sometimes set up displays where a person's head appears to be placed on top of a box. These heads would sometimes tell fortunes, and were known as "Talking Heads."
There is no "The" in the name of the band. It is simply Talking Heads.
The famous Oxford band Radiohead got their name from a Talking Heads' song. They were previously called On A Friday. (thanks, Sebastian - Mt. Vernon, NY)
Harrison graduated from Harvard, where he studied architecture.