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February 23, 2010 6:57 AM   Subscribe

16 folk covers of the Talking Heads (feat. 6 covers of Naive Melody).
posted by geoff. (39 comments total) 59 users marked this as a favorite

 
is there some kind of HTML thing where we can put more awe into freakin awesome post. This is the sort of thing that makes the blue true.

and FWIW, I was swinging folks hip to that MOL cover a while back.
posted by timsteil at 7:02 AM on February 23, 2010


I'm not a big Shawn Colvin fan, but her version of "This Must Be The Place" really works. Ever since seeing the stunningly great performance in Stop Making Sense it's been one of my favorite songs.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:03 AM on February 23, 2010


Nice, thank you for this.
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 7:05 AM on February 23, 2010


Arcade Fire and Trevor Green's versions of Naive Melody are OK, but the rest really don't seem to get it. It's not Naive Melody if it's somber.
posted by Scoo at 7:08 AM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I really like MGMT's joyful cover of Naive Melody.
posted by 2bucksplus at 7:12 AM on February 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


The name of that band is "Talking Heads"
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:13 AM on February 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


MGMT FTW!
posted by Scoo at 7:16 AM on February 23, 2010


I really like MGMT's joyful cover of Naive Melody.

I saw that the other day after finding the folk covers, if there was ever a cover that invoked the sense of fun from Stop Making Sense, it has to be this.
posted by geoff. at 7:19 AM on February 23, 2010


Tom Jones and the Cardigans perform Burning Down The House

Kermit the Frog & Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem do a good Demme-esque Once In A Lifetime (complete with oversized suit)
posted by Damn That Television at 7:22 AM on February 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Kind of busy at work here, but without listening I will venture to say awesome and thank you for this post.
posted by marxchivist at 7:24 AM on February 23, 2010


I'm looking forward to listening and watching all the links in the posts and comments. Thanks for posting!
posted by immlass at 7:30 AM on February 23, 2010


Miles Fisher's video for This Must Be The Place is pretty much the best thing ever. Which is difficult considering that the original song is also pretty much the best thing ever.
posted by Epenthesis at 7:31 AM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nothing-But-Flowers-fail.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:41 AM on February 23, 2010


Yes, they're Talking Heads. Not the Talking Heads.
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:45 AM on February 23, 2010


I've always wanted to see an acoustic cover of Born Under Punches :(
posted by analogue at 7:58 AM on February 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


This must be the place.
posted by artaxerxes at 8:00 AM on February 23, 2010


For extra AWESOME add the "Download Them All" plug-in to Firefox.

That is all.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:06 AM on February 23, 2010


Thank you so much for this. This Must Be The Place is one of my favorite Talking Heads songs ever, and now I'm swimming in cover versions. (I'd also like to second whoever linked to the Miles Fisher video. That cover is fantastic.)
posted by Aznable at 8:20 AM on February 23, 2010


The name of that band is "Talking Heads"

Ooo! The Talking Heads are one of my favourite bands from the eighties, along with The Eurythmics and The Duran Duran. I kind of like The The The as well.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:24 AM on February 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Someone remember to link me this when I post a "How do I incorporate 'This Must Be the Place' into my civil wedding ceremony?" question on Ask.Metafilter in ten years.
posted by zoomorphic at 8:50 AM on February 23, 2010


It may be grammatically correct, but saying:

"Talking Heads is one of my favorite bands" takes a lot of concentration
posted by edgeways at 8:54 AM on February 23, 2010


It may be grammatically correct, but saying:

"Talking Heads is one of my favorite bands" takes a lot of concentration


It's not grammatically correct. Talking Heads are one of my favorite bands.
posted by ludwig_van at 9:01 AM on February 23, 2010


My wife walked down the aisle to "This Must Be The Place".
posted by vibrotronica at 9:02 AM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


In case anyone's interested, there's a new David Byrne concert film premiering at SXSW next month called Ride, Rise, Roar. (Full disclosure: I did some work on it. Further disclosure: it's pretty damn good.)
posted by milquetoast at 9:04 AM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile.
posted by localroger at 9:24 AM on February 23, 2010


Gunnar Madsen must be Gunnar "Bob" Madsen of the a capella group The Bobs! Here's The Bobs covering Psycho Killer. (skip to 1:45 to get straight to the music)
posted by moonmilk at 9:37 AM on February 23, 2010


You may also like this Coverville episode.

Grammatically, I think both "Talking Heads are awesome" or "Talking Heads is awesome" are defensible. And either way, Talking Heads is awesome.
posted by artlung at 10:36 AM on February 23, 2010


It's not folk, but Little Jimmy Scott singing "Heaven" is sublime.
posted by sleepy pete at 10:55 AM on February 23, 2010


I shouldn't admit to knowing this, but Moxy Fruvous did a pretty good Psycho Killer back in their day.
posted by bicyclefish at 10:55 AM on February 23, 2010


The Flying Pickets took a compellingly weird pass at Psycho Killer as well.

Grammatically, I think both "Talking Heads are awesome" or "Talking Heads is awesome" are defensible. And either way, Talking Heads is awesome.

I think the preferred usage is Talking Heads = Awesome!
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:37 AM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Naive Melody is probably one of my most favorite songs, ever. I want it played at my memorial after I die. Awesome post!
posted by nevafeva at 11:45 AM on February 23, 2010


I sometimes feel like I'm the only person who loves "Seen and Not Seen." But I LOVE that song.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:06 PM on February 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


This must be the neggaverse. Byrne covering Beyonce's All The Single Ladies

And I'll never forgive the Arcade Fire for butchering Naive Melody that way.
posted by Juicy Avenger at 12:59 PM on February 23, 2010


Oh damn, that was obviously Crazy in Love. Single Ladies is still leeching the Beyonce spot in my brain.
posted by Juicy Avenger at 1:00 PM on February 23, 2010


Liking the Local Natives cover of "Warning Sign". (not folky, but what is folk really ...?)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:19 PM on February 23, 2010


I've always been ashamed of the Arcade Fire version, but I loved the Shawn Colvin cover well before I even knew who Talking Heads were.
posted by zvs at 2:06 PM on February 23, 2010


Nothing-But-Flowers-fail.

"And She Was" fail. That's my go-to karaoke song.

And under what possible definition is Arcade Fire considered "folk"?

And and Epenthesis, while I agree with you about the video's cheesy-deliciousness, the reaction to the FPP was less than kind.
posted by kittyprecious at 5:26 AM on February 24, 2010


I love you, Metafilter.
posted by audacity at 7:16 AM on February 24, 2010


It's not grammatically correct. Talking Heads are one of my favorite bands.

No. From the link you posted:

The rule of thumb is that a group acting as a unit is considered singular and a group of "individuals acting separately" is considered plural.

Talking Heads is one of my favorite bands.

Either way, great post! And great comments too...I love the MGMT one from waaay back
posted by jckll at 10:47 AM on February 24, 2010


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