Album: The Name of This Band is Talking Heads
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So let’s talk about The Name of This Band is Talking Heads, the comprehensive double-live album that came out in early 1982. While people tend to underrate it because it’s not a snapshot of a single moment in time, I think it might be the greatest live album ever issued. With the first side from a radio broadcast in 1977, the second side side recorded in concert in 1979, and the whole second disc featuring the “exploded” band from 1980, it covers an astonishing amount of territory. In all incarnations, Talking Heads were an utterly tremendous live band, and The Name of This Band is Talking Heads shows that off wayyy better than the album (as opposed to the film) of Stop Making Sense, which we’ll get to in a couple of weeks.