Talking Heads: 77

Talking Heads: 77
Talking Heads: 77
Studio album by Talking Heads
Released September 16, 1977 (1977-09-16)
Recorded 1976–1977 at Sundragon Studios, New York City
Genre Art punk/New Wave
Length 38:37
Label Sire (USA)
Philips (Europe and Japan)
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn, and Talking Heads
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Talking Heads: 77 is the debut album by Talking Heads. It peaked at #97 in the Billboard Pop Albums chart and the single "Psycho Killer" made it to #92. In 2003, the album was ranked #290 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed it in the #5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list.[citation needed]


Track listing

All songs written and composed by David Byrne, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town"   2:48
2. "New Feeling"   3:09
3. "Tentative Decisions"   3:04
4. "Happy Day"   3:55
5. "Who Is It?"   1:41
6. "No Compassion"   4:47
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "The Book I Read"   4:06
8. "Don't Worry About the Government"   3:00
9. "First Week/Last Week…Carefree"   3:19
10. "Psycho Killer" (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth) 4:19
11. "Pulled Up"   4:29
2005 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Love → Building on Fire"   3:00
13. "I Wish You Wouldn't Say That"   2:39
14. "Psycho Killer (Acoustic Version)" (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth) 4:20
15. "I Feel It in My Heart"   3:15
16. "Sugar On My Tongue"   2:36


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Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard Pop Albums 97
UK Albums 60
Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Psycho Killer" Billboard Pop Singles 92

Release history

The album was released by Sire Records in the United Kingdom and United States and Philips Records throughout continental Europe.

In 2005, it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format with five bonus tracks on the CD side (see track listing above). The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and videos of the band performing "Pulled Up" and "I Feel It in My Heart." In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.

The album was re-released on vinyl on April 18, 2009 for Record Store Day.[1]


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