FuckedUpFestiveFifty #33: Talking Heads

3 thoughts on “FuckedUpFestiveFifty #33: Talking Heads”

  1. I love this track. It definitely holds a special place close to my retro heart. “and you may ask yourself…well, how did I get here?” sounds almost a precursor to “Road to nowhere”. Question though and I’ve curious about this for some time, what’s the meaning of fucked up festive fifty (besides the nifty alliteration, I mean)?

  2. Ah, yes, FUF50… probably a wee bit parochial to work as a broad reference, but it’s effectively a hat tip to John Peel, pretty much the first (and often the only) radio DJ in the UK to specialize in alternative music – from the late ’60’s to his sudden death in 2004, he introduced prog, reggae, punk, indie, off-the-wall electronica to whole generations of listeners who’d otherwise never hear such treats. Famous for inviting cutting edge bands in the studio for live sessions, for playing vinyl on-air at the wrong speed, and for worshipping the Fall – he’d become some kind of godfather to music-heads even before his death; we even have an annual John Peel Day on our bizarre little island – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_peel

    Every Xmas he’d feature the Festive Fifty – tracks from the previous twelve months as voted for by his discerning listeners – it’s essential reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/festive50s/

    (And when I was looking for a theme for my lacklustre and ill-thought-out list of favourite tracks, the Festive Fifty was the obvious reference – mine being fucked-up because it isn’t in any way festive, and I’ll probably eclipse 50 records – so hard to select only 50, even if Talking Heads were always going to feature).

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