In 1977, art-punk experimentalists Talking Heads, led by David Byrne, exploded onto the New York scene with their debut record. Released in September of that year, Talking Heads: 77 fused the ethos of punk with sleek, elegant arrangements and diverse influences. The album’s instrumental complexity and timeless pop appeal made it an instant classic.
On May 31, 1977, a few months before the record was released, Talking Heads performed at legendary New York institution CBGB’s and previewed several now-iconic 77 tracks. Hear Tina Weymouth’s sharp, minimal bassline punctuate “Psycho Killer” with lyrics you might not recognize. Also listen to an early recording of the funky “Take Me To The River,” which would later appear on 1978’s More Songs About Buildings and Food.