For the last week, I’ve been on a Talking Heads kick, thanks to Dhani Harrison and thenewno2’s — a great band in their own right — “Psycho Killer” cover at Lollapalooza, and I feel now is a good time to shed some light on one of the oddest mainstream acts I’ve ever heard but never truly appreciated until lately.
Take this song, a cover of Al Green’s “Take Me To the River,” which gives a spin on a soul classic that has arguably made the ‘Heads version more famous than the original.
David Byrne and company turned that soul standard into a hipster anthem for the ages, which is no small feat. But that song pales in comparison to this doozy, “Road to Nowhere,” which is funky-gospel-“hooray”-inducingly great.
‘Nuff said. Enjoy, comment, et al.