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What Ever Happened to Talking Heads?

Catch up with the members of everyone's favorite post-punk, new-wave outlet from the late '70s and early '80s.

David Byrne Then

David Byrne Then

As the band's enigmatic, artistic front man, Byrne's voice is the one that leads the band's most popular songs, including 'Psycho Killer' and 'Once in a Lifetime.' After meeting his band mates at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), Byrne and the rest of Talking Heads played their very first show at the legendary club CBGB opening for the Ramones.

David Byrne Now

David Byrne Now

Widely considered a music legend, Byrne left Talking Heads to pursue his experimental solo career, which has included dabbling in world music. In 2012, Byrne collaborated with musician Annie Clark, who goes by St. Vincent.

Tina Weymouth Then

Tina Weymouth Then

Weymouth contributed the iconic opening bass line to 'Psycho Killer,' but she was never actually formally trained as a bassist. She learned how to play bass by listening to Suzi Quatro records after her art school friends couldn't find a bass player for their new band.

Chris Frantz Then

Chris Frantz Then

Frantz was Weymouth's boyfriend, and he was the one who first encouraged her to learn how to play bass. The band's drummer, Frantz first formed an artistic partnership with Byrne as the short-lived RISD band the Artistics, which eventually developed into Talking Heads.

Weymouth and Frantz Now

Weymouth and Frantz Now

Weymouth and Frantz actually ended up getting married, and they've stayed close in their professional/artistic lives as well. They formed the band Tom Tom Club during early Talking Heads hiatuses, and Weymouth has also been involved with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz project, providing music and vocals for the Noodle character.

Jerry Harrison Then

Jerry Harrison Then

The only band member who didn't attend RISD, Harrison joined Talking Heads in 1977. He'd previously been a member of the Modern Lovers, fronted by Jonathan Richman.

Jerry Harrison Now

Jerry Harrison Now

Though he does release some solo music, Harrison's post-Heads career has largely focused on production. He has done work on music for Violent Femmes, Crash Test Dummies, the Verve Pipe, No Doubt, and String Cheese Incident.

Post-Byrne

Post-Byrne

After Byrne left Talking Heads to start a more experimental solo career, Weymouth, Frantz, and Harrison made one more album together under the name 'the Heads.' Released in 1996, the album, titled 'No Talking, Just Head' featured vocalists such as Debbie Harry and Michael Hutchence.

Brian Eno

Brian Eno

Though he wasn't an official member of the band, electronic music legend Brian Eno produced the band's albums starting in 1978. Eno is famous for his own music compositions, which include ambient masterpieces such as 'Music for Airports.' Eno also worked to develop an ambient sound and color mobile app called Bloom with a developer named Peter Chilvers.

Legacy

Legacy

Talking Heads are still widely regarded as one of the best pop bands from the 80s; their new-wave, post-punk sound resonates strongly with Millennials who love indie rock. 'Stop Making Sense,' the Talking Heads concert movie filmed in 1984, is still one of the best concert films of all time.

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