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Take a trip through time with all of Talking Heads' key television appearances

Talking Heads - Chronology
DVD Review

(Eagle Vision)
4 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: March 2, 2012
Talking Heads

Review by Andy Argyrakis

Long before Vampire Weekend, Talking Heads literally built rhythmically-infused indie rock from the ground up, making plenty of proactive political statements along the way with equally compelling pop sensibility. Just take a perusal through the group's new DVD Chronology (Eagle Vision), which addresses the band's entire performance history (and astronomical growth along the way) from the mid-1970s through mid-1980s (plus a bonus reunion performance).

Though the two hour collection is an endless highlight reel, key chestnuts include "With Our Love" and "I'm Not In Love" from New York's legendary (albeit defunct) CBGB in 1975, along with a curious cover of Al Green's "Take Me To the River" from "American Bandstand." An interview segment with Dick Clark after the latter clip from 1979 is particularly humorous as he tries to get the notoriously shy players to open up, though by the time 1983 rolls around, the band appears even more confident and creative when performing "Burning Down the House" on "Late Night With David Letterman." Add in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction reunion in 2002 (for the hauntingly relevant "Life During Wartime") and Chronology covers everything a collector would want, alongside mounds for newcomers to discover.

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