Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (1977)

From the self-titled album, Talking Heads … one of my all time favorites by the group and something of a cult classic. Wikipedia: “Psycho Killer” is a song written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and first played…

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (1977)

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From the self-titled album, Talking Heads … one of my all time favorites by the group and something of a cult classic.

Wikipedia: “Psycho Killer” is a song written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and first played by their band The Artistic in 1974, and as Talking Heads in 1975, with a later version recorded for their 1977 album Talking Heads: 77 … The band’s “signature debut hit” features lyrics which seem to represent the thoughts of a serial killer. Originally written and performed as a ballad, “Psycho Killer” became what AllMusic calls a “deceptively funky new wave/no wave song” with “an insistent rhythm, and one of the most memorable, driving basslines in rock & roll.”

The song charted so low on Billboard’s Hot 100, number 92, it’s not worth discussing its history as a single. It got a lot of FM Radio play however. This video is largely a synchronization of the album track to a BBCFOUR TV performance from 1978, but is also mixed with scenes from trailers of two long-forgotten ‘psycho killer’ films from the past … for a little more retro flavor.

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