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 songsâtogether with Kraftwerk’s “The Model”, The B-52’s’ “Rock Lobster”, Gary Numan & Tubeway Army “Are Friends Electric”, et al.âthat introduced me to the synthesizer-heavy + glam fashion x nervous and nerdy personas = New Wave.â£
“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.â£
What also unique here is Tina Weymouth’s signature minimalist art-punk bass lines.â£
Weymouthâs âbasslines became the pulse of the band,â stated Pitchfork contributor’s Carrie Courogen, âinfusing 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.ââ£
Weymouth claimed that she’s a “complete autodidact”. âI was only playing bass for five months when the band first played (live). I did not take a lesson. Nobody taught me,â she told an audience in 2014 at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo.â£
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 â77 in the No. 5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list.â£
â£Uh-oh, love and 2020 come to town!â£