Talking Heads: Road To Nowhere / Give Me Back My Name

talkingheads_roadtonowhereFormat: 7″

Label: Sire

Country: US

Year: 1985

Price paid: $2

Purchased at: The Bop Shop, Rochester NY


Well we know where we’re goin’

But we don’t know where we’ve been

‘Road to Nowhere’ was the second single released from Talking Heads’ sixth studio album,1985’s ‘Little Creatures.’ It charted a modest #105 in the US, but #25 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. It fared better in Germany, Ireland, South Africa, and the UK where it rose to #6, but charted highest in New Zealand at #5.

The main sleeve art was designed by Reverend Howard Finster, a pop-influenced naive Georgian artist born in 1916. Finster also designed the art for the iconic ‘Little Creatures’ cover, as well as other Talking Heads releases such as the ‘And She Was’ and ‘The Lady Don’t Mind’ 7″ singles. His nervous fussy swirling imagery helped to define the look of the Heads during this period, Although there is no direct connection, it’s interesting to note that the Tom Tom Club (Frantz and Weymouth side project) also used a roughly analogous (or at least equally fastidious) outsider/naive artist (James Rizzi) several years prior on releases such as ‘Pleasure of Love.’



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