Rhino Offers Heads On Platters

06/24/04

The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads And Best Of Talking Heads Available August 17

Rhino Records is pleased to offer two kinds of overviews of the career of one of the best-loved bands of the 1980s with the release of The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads and The Best Of Talking Heads on August 17. Both packages, assembled with the members' full involvement, are firsts for the band--The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads has never been available on CD before and The Best Of Talking Heads is the first single-disc collection of the band's most popular songs.

The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads offers an unusual take on the concert album-rather than a "souvenir of a single night's show," it captures the band's live evolution from 1977 to 1981. Originally released in 1982 as a double album, fans have waited nearly two decades for the CD release of The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. This two-disc version doubles the original's contents by offering 13 previously unreleased tracks and a trio of rarities from a 1979 promotional only disc ("The Girls Want To Be With The Girls," an early version of "Drugs" called "Electricity," and "Found A Job"). In its expanded version, The Name Of This Band provides a comprehensive portrait of Talking Heads as a live band, since it now includes a substantial number of songs from each of the band's first four studio albums.

The Best Of Talking Heads collects 18 of the group's most popular songs on a single disc for the first time ever. Compiled by the band, The Best Of Talking Heads includes all the favorites ("Psycho Killer," "Once In A Lifetime," "Burning Down The House," "And She Was), as well as some unexpected selections like "Heaven" and "Memories Can't Wait." This collection provides new listeners with a perfect introduction to this ground-breaking band's work.

David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth formed Talking Heads (note: no "The") after meeting at Rhode Island School Of Design in the early 1970s. Jerry Harrison, formerly of The Modern Lovers, joined in 1976 and Talking Heads quickly became one of the most important bands to emerge from the New York punk scene. Over the course of their 11-year recording career they released ten albums (including five gold records, one platinum, and two double-platinum), earned critical raves, and racked up more than a few hits.

The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads carries a suggested list price of $24.98 and The Best Of Talking Heads carries a suggested list price of $18.98 at retail as well as at www.rhino.com [ http://www.rhino.com/ ].

Source: Warner Strategic Marketing