|I love Talking Heads, not just a little bit, but in a deep down in my bones kind of way. They're fundamentally built into the patch work of my musical appreciation (if that makes any sense), so, as you can imagine, I have difficulty summoning up any objectively when I talk about them. |
Sure, I don't like all their music, and some of favourite tunes are a result of collaboration with other artists, and I wouldn't say I'm always in the mood for their sound, but they've been with me since I was about thirteen-years-old - seventeen years - and I'm not getting at all tired of them. In fact, I can't envisage ever getting tired of them.
As for whether they're pretentious art rockers, well, I'm not sure whether I care, although I've certainly never read Byrne that way. The man seems genuinely eccentric to me, which, to my mind at least, minimises the possibility of him being a poseur.
One of these days I should read a biography.