is the seventh album
released by Talking Heads
in 1986; it
was released at the same time as the David Byrne
film of the same name,
The album does not contain the actors' performances from the film,
and as such is not considered a true soundtrack album. Byrne stated
in an interview that the decision not to release these unique
renditions (including performances by John
and Pops Staples
) is a
major regret. Instead, this is a Talking Heads studio album
featuring recordings of songs from the film
While an original cast
for this movie was never released, several of the
film performances did appear on single releases of several songs
from the album. An early working title for the project (endorsed by
bassist Tina Weymouth
) was Wild
Later, lead singer Byrne released the album Sounds from True Stories
containing incidental music
The single "Wild Wild Life" became the big hit from the album,
accompanied by its video
. The "Wild Wild Life" video won two MTV
Video Music Awards in 1987: "Best Group Video", beating U2 and
Crowded House, and "Best Video from a Film". (The video is in fact
an extended sequence lifted directly from the film itself). A video
for "Love for Sale" was created for use in the film (during a
sequence when a woman watches the video on TV), and an extended
version was later released as a video in its own right.
In 2006, it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on
their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc
format, with three bonus tracks on the CD
side (an extended mix of "Wild Wild Life," "Papa Legba" with vocal
by Pops Staples
, and "Radio Head" with
vocals by Tito Larriva
). The DVD-Audio
side includes both stereo and 5.1
surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby
Digital version and the videos of "Wild Wild Life" and "Love for
Sale." In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather
than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax
with Talking Heads.
All songs written by David Byrne:
- "Love for Sale" – 4:30
- "Puzzlin' Evidence" – 5:23
- "Hey Now" – 3:42
- "Papa Legba" – 5:54
- "Wild Wild Life" – 3:39
- "Radio Head" – 3:14
- "Dream Operator" – 4:39
- "People Like Us" – 4:26
- "City of Dreams" – 5:06
- "Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix) [CD bonus track] – 5:30
- "Papa Legba (Pops Staples Vocal
Version) [Re-release bonus track] – 5:59
- "Radio Head (Tito Larriva Vocal
Version) [Re-release bonus track] – 3:50
Of the above, "Love for Sale", "Wild Wild Life" and "City of
Dreams" are the only recordings that actually appear in the film.
On screen, the other songs are performed by the film actors.
- Charles Brocco – assistant mixing
- Paul Christiensen – overdubbing engineer on "Puzzlin'
- Nick del Ray – assistant engineers
- Mick Guzauski – mixing on "Wild
- Lee Herschburg – mixing on "People Like Us"
- Robin Laine – assistant mixing
- Michael McClain – overdubbing engineer on "Hey Now", "Radio
Head", "People Like Us", and "City of Dreams"
- Tom Nist – assistant mixing
- Jack Skinner – mastering
- Eric Thorngren – engineer,
- Melanie West – assistant engineers
- Mike Nicholson – engineer on "Wild Wild Life"
In Popular Culture
- British band
Radiohead took their name from the song
"Radio Head" on this album. They also name Talking Heads as
a big influence in their music.
- In the novel American
Psycho, this Talking Heads album is the one that Patrick Bateman plays throughout the start
of the story.
||"Wild Wild Life"