Talking Heads "Little Creatures"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#85 in the Series) is Talking Heads’, Little Creatures.”

This one was maybe a little more commercial sounding than the majority of the ‘Heads catalog. But it always rang true with me! I lovesed it!

There are many wonderful tracks here. Two went on to get some major airplay as singles. ‘Road to Nowhere’ and ‘And She Was.’ ‘Stay Up Late’ and ‘The Lady Don’t Mind’ could have been singles as well.

Eric Weissberg and his steel guitar were an interesting addition to the Talking Heads sound here. Maybe that’s why I likesed it so much.

I remember when I was a ‘record schlepper.’ I played the heck out of this in my accounts!

The album was produced by ‘Talking Heads’ and reached #20 on the Billboard USA charts. ‘And She Was’ made it up to #54 on the Billboard singles charts and #11 on the rock charts.

The Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Personnel

  • David Byrne – guitar, vocals
  • Chris Frantz – drum kit
  • Jerry Harrison – keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Tina Weymouth – bass, backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Ellen Bernfeld – backing vocals on “Perfect World” and “Walk It Down”
  • Andrew Cader – washboard on “Road to Nowhere”
  • Gordon Grody – backing vocals
  • Erin Dickens – backing vocals on “Television Man” and “Road to Nowhere”
  • Lani Groves – backing vocals
  • Diva Gray – backing vocals on “Road to Nowhere”
  • Jimmy Macdonell – accordion on “Road to Nowhere”
  • Lenny Pickett – saxophones
  • Steve Scales – percussion
  • Naná Vasconcelos – percussion on “Perfect World”
  • Eric Weissberg – steel guitar on “Little Creatures” and “Walk It Down”
  • Kurt Yahijian – backing vocals

Track listing

All songs by David Byrne, except where noted:

  1. “And She Was” – 3:36
  2. “Give Me Back My Name” – 3:20
  3. “Creatures of Love” – 4:12
  4. “The Lady Don’t Mind” (Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth) – 4:03
  5. “Perfect World” (Byrne and Frantz) – 4:26
  6. “Stay Up Late” – 3:51
  7. “Walk It Down” – 4:42
  8. “Television Man” – 6:10
  9. “Road to Nowhere” – 4:19


Leave a Reply

Before you post, please prove you are sentient.

what is 9 in addition to 8?