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Artist: Talking Heads

Album: More Songs About Buildings And Food

Appears On (Mixes): The Opposite Of Smoke Is Egg Whites

Song Notes: This is from one of Talking Heads' best albums. (And their best album title, More Songs About Buildings And Food, though Fear Of Music is a very good title, too. And, also "Fear of Music" was a suggested title for More Songs About Buildings And Food, so there you go. More album-title trivia: Andy Partridge of XTC claims to have thought of the album title, but most Talking Heads lore credits it to a comment from Tina Weymouth, "What are we going to call an album where all the songs are about buildings and food?") This was the first Talking Heads album produced by Brian Eno, and his production is excellent as always. This song is notable lyrically, as it's one of David Byrne's most negative songs of the early era ("I wouldn't live there if you paid me"), but even at the end of the song, he feels bad about what he said in the earlier verses and softens it to pointing out the merits of living in middle America and merely saying that while it's great for some people, it's just not for him. Like "People Like Us" from the first mix CD set, this is one of the more country of Talking Heads songs, and I love the guitar on the song's outro. This is a great ending for More Songs About Buildings And Food, and I figure I might as well steal the idea to end this with it as well. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

 

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