Talking Heads ‎– Fear Of Music

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I Zimbra 3:06
Mind 4:12
Paper 2:36
Cities 4:05
Life During Wartime 3:41
Memories Can't Wait 3:30
Air 3:33
Heaven 4:01
Animals 3:29
Electric Guitar 2:59
Drugs 5:13

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SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
M8S 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(8-Trk, Album) Sire M8S 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
M8S 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(8-Trk, Album, Club) Sire M8S 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
M5S-6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire M5S-6076 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
400 880-352 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire 400 880-352 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
2 C 266-63108 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire, Pathé Marconi EMI 2 C 266-63108 France 1979 Sell This Version
456707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire 456707 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 NPC Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire SRK 6076 NPC Spain 1979 Sell This Version
400 880 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire 400 880 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
7599-27428-4 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire 7599-27428-4 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
M5S 6076, SIR M5S 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire, Sire M5S 6076, SIR M5S 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRC 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, Blu) Sire SRC 6076 UK 1979 Sell This Version
M5S-6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire M5S-6076 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
456 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, Pap) Sire 456 707 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SRC 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, Red) Sire SRC 6076 UK 1979 Sell This Version
2C 070 63108 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire 2C 070 63108 France 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076, SRK 6076 NP Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, Sire SRK 6076, SRK 6076 NP Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
QSR 6076 (I) Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire QSR 6076 (I) Canada 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
S 60.288 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Hispavox S 60.288 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, Sire SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 UK & Europe 1979 Sell This Version
SR 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SR 6076 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
QSR 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire QSR 6076 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
SIR K 56707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SIR K 56707 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
56707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, WEA 56707 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076NP SPA Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076NP SPA Spain 1979 Sell This Version
WBN 56.707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, WEA WBN 56.707 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
QSR 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire QSR 6076 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
200 880-320, 200 880 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 200 880-320, 200 880 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076, SAM 108 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album + 7", Single, Promo) Sire, Sire SRK 6076, SAM 108 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Club) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Club, CRC) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707, 56 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Emb) Sire, Sire SIR K 56 707, 56 707 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Emb) Sire SIR K 56 707 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707, SIR 56 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Emb) Sire, Sire SIR K 56 707, SIR 56 707 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
RJ-7600 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Gat) Sire RJ-7600 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Jac) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, LA ) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Mon) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Pla) Sire SRK 6076 UK 1979 Sell This Version
S 60.288 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Pla) Sire S 60.288 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, TP) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
WBN 56.707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, TP) Sire, WEA WBN 56.707 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Sire SRK 6076 UK 1979 Sell This Version
WBN 56.707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Tex) Sire WBN 56.707 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Tex) Sire SRK 6076 UK 1979 Sell This Version
wbn 56707, WBN 56.707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Tex) Sire, Sire wbn 56707, WBN 56.707 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Win) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Win) Sire SRK 6076 US 1979 Sell This Version
CS-217 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass) Sire CS-217 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6076 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
LAE-217 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire LAE-217 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
456707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) WEA 456707 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
P-6487 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Ltd, Promo, Emb) Sire P-6487 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
P-6487 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tex) Sire P-6487 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
256707-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire 256707-2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CD 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire CD 6076 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
6076-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire 6076-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
6076-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, Lon) Sire 6076-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
LB 56707, 56707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, Sire LB 56707, 56707 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
LB 56707, 56707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire, Sire LB 56707, 56707 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
610.7079, 38.065 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) WEA, WEA, Sire, Sire 610.7079, 38.065 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
WPCP-3622 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire WPCP-3622 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SIR K 56 707 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, RE, Emb) Sire SIR K 56 707 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
AN99-0376 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova AN99-0376 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
WPCR-75153 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE) Sire WPCR-75153 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
8122 73299 2, 8122-73299-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-A, Multichannel, 5.1) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2), Warner Strategic Marketing, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2), Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73299 2, 8122-73299-2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
R2 76451 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Hybrid, DualDisc, Album, RM, Multichannel) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) R2 76451 US 2006 Sell This Version
WPCR-13291 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Sire WPCR-13291 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
R1-6076, RCV1-6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Rhino Records (2), Sire, Sire R1-6076, RCV1-6076 US 2013 Sell This Version
R1-6076, 8122-79655-4, 8122796554 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, RE, 180) Sire, Rhino Records (2), Rhino Records (2) R1-6076, 8122-79655-4, 8122796554 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
R1 - 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, RM, 180) Rhino Records (2) R1 - 6076 US 2013 Sell This Version
CD 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD) Sire CD 6076 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2, 256 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire, Sire 6076-2, 256 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7599-27428-2, 6076-2, 256 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire, Sire, Sire 7599-27428-2, 6076-2, 256 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7599-27428-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire 7599-27428-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire 6076-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
7599274282 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album) Sire 7599274282 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
7599-27428-2, 6076-2, 256 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE) Sire, Sire, Sire 7599-27428-2, 6076-2, 256 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2, 256 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE) Sire, Sire 6076-2, 256 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2, 256 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE) Sire, Sire 6076-2, 256 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE, Club) Sire 6076-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
7599-27428-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE, RP) Sire 7599-27428-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2, 256 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RE, Wes) Sire, Sire 6076-2, 256 707 US Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(CD, Album, RP) Sire 6076-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
M5S 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire M5S 6076 US Unknown Sell This Version
456 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, RE) Sire 456 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
SRYK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, RE) Sire SRYK 6076 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
456 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, RE, Bar) Sire 456 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
456 707, K 456 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Sire, Sire 456 707, K 456 707 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
456 707 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Sire 456 707 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
56 707 (SRK 6076) Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire 56 707 (SRK 6076) Italy Unknown Sell This Version
SRYL 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire SRYL 6076 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, Emb) Sire SRK 6076 US Unknown Sell This Version
SIR 56 707, SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, RE) Sire, Sire, Sire SIR 56 707, SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
SIR 56 707, SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album, RE, Emb) Sire, Sire, Sire SIR 56 707, SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, RE, Emb) Sire, Sire SIR K 56 707, SRK 6076 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6076-2 Talking Heads Fear of Music(CD, Album, M/Print) Sire 6076-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
WBX15 Talking Heads Fear of Music(LP, Album) Sire WBX15 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

February 18, 2017
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, Jac, SRK 6076

Recorded at various locations across areas of New York City, the music found here on the band’s third studio album, and was filled with unconventional ideas that were counterbalanced by an equal number of unconventional rhythms and narratives that blend together to create an odd jittery atmospheric tension with the use of a broader more expansive sonically driven sound.

David Byrne once described picturing the characters in his songs as living in a dystopian world, and wrote his lyrics from that detached nearly anthropological perspective. Merely considering the song “Air,” where the notions of not trusting even the air, raising implications that even breathing can hurt, an obvious reference to the things we take most for granted as being worthy of paranoia, and “Paper” laced with reverb, where Byrne compares love to a sheet of paper, or the iconic catchy “Life During Wartime,” with it’s graphic novel, in a comic book format, regarding some sort of urban survivalists waiting on guns while be sustained merely on peanut butter. Of course this all makes the album seem rather dark and foreboding, and while at times it is, the song “Heaven” stands as a singular point of light with its shivering brilliant intoxicating arrangement, though at its core, even though beautiful, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens. It is worth noting here that some have referenced heaven to one of the most wonderful drugs of all time, Quaaludes, where once taken, the user feels so good, so at peace, so raptured in an emotional emotional blanket bliss, yet while under that influence, nothing ever happens.

Depending on who you talk to, this album is either brilliant of a failure, and while hailed as stunning today, barely broke the top 100 album charts. I will say that Fear Of Music does have it spectacular moments, along with an equal amount of just as forgettable moments … though as with all Talking Heads’ albums, their relevance and importance, seems to increase over time, as if we must live though all we’re presented with here before we can fully understand or comprehend it. Nevertheless, the albums stands as a fixture from an end of a decade, deeply routed in those times, yet not so much that it can not be enjoyed, or sound as prophetic today.

*** The Fun Facts: With its black corrugated packaging, which resembles a manhole cover, the album is foreboding, inescapably urban and obsessed with texture. Partly recording the album at Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth's loft in Long Island City, New York, next door to Tina's brother Yann, an architect who used a type of black vinyl flooring in many of his designs. “It’s kind of a ubiquitous pattern,” says Harrison, who studied architecture at Harvard. “You never noticed it until it was brought out of that utilitarian image by being an album cover.” Harrison initially wanted to use black vinyl for the LP cover, but the material couldn't be made thin enough without cracking. Instead, Fear of Music came with an embossed cardboard cover.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Reesdog

Reesdog

February 18, 2017
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1-6076, 8122-79655-4, 8122796554

Excellent pressing this, Rhino Records have done a good job here, pleased I picked this one up. Definitely one of Talking Heads best..
gretschdrummer1000

gretschdrummer1000

January 25, 2017
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, SRK 6076
Looking for the printed inner sleeve only! If you have a spare one I will take it off your hands...
KurtMartin

KurtMartin

December 10, 2016
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, SIR K 56707
I think I have a variation of this record:

Other (Distribution Code Germany): Ⓖ
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1 (stamped)): STRAWBERRY (O)° R/S Alsdorf 56707 A
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2 (stamped)): R/S Alsdorf 56707 B2 
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2 (etched)): X
walruscrimedog

walruscrimedog

November 22, 2016
referencing Fear Of Music, CD, Album, RE, SHM, WPCR-13291
is this actually textured as on the original LP? Hard to tell.
hellfried

hellfried

September 15, 2016
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1-6076, 8122-79655-4, 8122796554
This is a great pressing. Buy it if you want.
rhorhorho

rhorhorho

August 11, 2016
referencing Fear Of Music, CD, Album, 7599-27428-2
My copy has same data as above but Mould SID Code IFPI 0568.
MODERN-LOVER5

MODERN-LOVER5

August 10, 2016
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album + 7", Single, Promo, SRK 6076, SAM 108
brilliant zeitgeist album of its day..paranoid..quirky..angular and groundbreaking..a true culmination of all the talents that worked together to produce this masterpiece...
cdjunkie2

cdjunkie2

March 22, 2016
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, QSR 6076 (I)

I have the embossed cover of this album but the label information and matrix runout is the same as that listed for the non embossed Canadian version of this album. There is a Q centred under the catalogue number on the label. Is this a variant? And if so of which edition?
hrobb

hrobb

March 11, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Fear Of Music, LP, Album, RM, 180, R1 - 6076

The music sounds great on my system, no doubt about it. I don't have an original but I have all of their other albums from the '70s and '80s to compare to, and this fits right in. The pressing was ok. A bit of surface noise that doesn't distract the main tracks. I was a bit concerned about the track Drugs for being so silent. No massive pops, but a bunch of quiet ones. I'd give the pressing a B and the music and vinyl itself an A. I'd give it a 4.5 star if I could