Between 1985 and 1988, Talking Heads released three albums: Little Creatures (1985), True Stories (1986), and Naked (1988). However, I believe it was True Stories where a major dynamic of the band is revealed.
All of the songs on True Stories were cover songs from Byrne’s 1986 comedy of the same name. Though the rest of the band starred in the film, the band’s appearance in Byrne’s work symbolizes what eventually brought Talking Heads to an end. As time went on, the band became more and more controlled by Byrne. Finally, after the release of Naked, the band went on a hiatus.
The official announcement that the band had broken up didn’t come until 1991. By then, Byrne had released a few solo albums, including my favorite, Rei Momo (1989). Meanwhile, fellow husband/wife Talking Heads Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz released albums as Tom Tom Club. Jerry Harrison began his foray into record producing. Some of his most notable projects include the Violent Femmes’ The Blind Leading the Naked and Crash Test Dummies’ God Shuffled His Feet.
The closest thing to a reincarnation of Talking Heads came in 1996 with the release of The Heads’ album No Talking, Just Head. The Heads, of course, consisted of Weymouth, Frantz, and Harrison sans David Byrne. It did poorly.
In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For some unknown reason, out of all the musicians on the planet, Anthony Kiedis was chosen to induct them in.
And that’s it for Talking Heads. Happy listening!