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Day 140: Talking Heads – Fear of Music

18 Jul


What exactly is going on here?  How exactly am I listening to an indie pop rock band with a modern sound, but also listening to a thirty-year-old record?  I am fairly confused.  Old music isn’t supposed to sound like this!

Maybe all of my cherished indie bands aren’t as creative and original as I’ve come to believe.  I mean, if Talking Heads was releasing records like Fear of Music more than three decades ago, we sure haven’t progressed all that much musically since.

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m writing this at one in the morning, but I just can’t get over how modern this sounds.  It’s amazing.

Oh, have I told you that it sounds like it was recorded recently?  Because it does.

But seriously, word count worries and sleep deprivation aside, Fear of Music is pretty solid.  For those modern-indie inclined readers, think of  Arcade Fire and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.  A combination like that has no other option than the following: be really good.

It’s late (or early, depending on your perspective), and I refuse to look up the name of the vocalist, but he gets all of the props that I can muster.  I was under the impression that every front man from the 70s had a pitch-perfect voice, but I guess I was wrong.  This dude doesn’t have a bad voice, but it’s definitely not immaculate.  He even does a bit of sing-talking throughout Fear of Music, something that I’m always a fan of.  The instruments sound like a modern indie rock band.  Good night.