UH-OH, LOVE COMES TO TOWN

"Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town" is one of the most consequential songs that introduced me to the synthesizer-heavy + glam fashion x nervous and nerdy personas = New Wave.⁣
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The tune here, “Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town”, originally sung by Talking Heads.

Taken from Talking Heads debut album, ‘77, this was one of the very first songs—together with Kraftwerk’s “The Model”, The B-52’s’ “Rock Lobster”, Gary Numan & Tubeway Army “Are Friends Electric”, et al.—that introduced me to the synthesizer-heavy + glam fashion x nervous and nerdy personas = New Wave.⁣

“Uh-Oh” is the leadoff track from the album that was released in September 1977 by Sire Records. You can just feel the quirkiness of David Byrne & co. right from the beginning. “It was a pop song that emphasized the group’s unlikely roots in late-’60s bubblegum, Motown, and Caribbean music,” wrote William Ruhlman for AllMusic.⁣

What also unique here is Tina Weymouth’s signature minimalist art-punk bass lines.⁣

Weymouth’s “basslines became the pulse of the band,” stated Pitchfork contributor’s Carrie Courogen, “infusing downtown punk with a new sound: a danceable combination of the soulful, funky jams of Parliament and James Brown with the rock steadiness of Carol Kaye.”⁣

Weymouth claimed that she’s a “complete autodidact”. “I was only playing bass for five months when the band first played (live). I did not take a lesson. Nobody taught me,” she told an audience in 2014 at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo.⁣

The album itself is ranked No. 291 on Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. While Alan Cross’ The Alternative Music Almanac placed ’77 in the No. 5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list.⁣
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⁣Uh-oh, love and 2020 come to town!⁣

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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