Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

7. Talking HeadsMore Songs About Buildings Abd Food

I encountered Talking Heads when I was in New York in 1976 at CBGBs, when they were a three piece. If this is the time I think I was there – the trouble is it’s all a bit vague – I was assigned by Angela Bowie to pack up David’s New York house with my friend Phillip. So we stayed there until we’d done it and then we had nowhere to live, but Leee Back Childers sorted us out with someone’s spare room. It was a very strange situation. I’ve never really had much money, being penniless goes with being a young actor. I phoned up the few people I knew in New York and my publicist friend Janice took me to see them. They were a beautiful, simple, gorgeous band. Tina Weymouth, funky as heck, beautiful drummer, bass player, wonderful band to see as a three-piece. I was really lucky to see them at the beginning. I tried to get them to sign to a record label in England, I went to a guy I knew at RCA through the Bowie connection, but I couldn’t get them a deal. They came over to London and I saw them at the Lyceum, all those early gigs, and always loved them up until after Fear Of Music. The last time I saw them was in Hammersmith with the big band and they were uber-commercial and I just went off them – four great albums and then it just got too samey, bigger bigger bigger but no, I wanted less.

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