The Heads were what formed after David Byrne left Talking Heads. Featuring bass player Tina Weyouth, Drummer Chris Frantz and multi-intrumentalist Jerry Harrison, they released a single album, 1996’s No Talking Just Head, with a different well known singer fronting the band on each track.
The results are pretty mixed. While the album has it fans, I found it largely forgettable. This was huge disappointment as I was a big fan of the Talking Heads. I’ve not found David Byrne‘s post-Talking Heads work especially gripping either, so lose/lose.
My main beef with the album is that the band often sounds more like a generic 90’s alternative rock band than a band that developed its own unique style. The Heads sound sort of like a mere backing band for a bunch of solo artists, which is just too bad.
The stand out track, I think, is the single “Damage I’ve Done,” as sung by Concrete Blonde leader Johnette Napolitano. I also think Tina Weymouth’s bass playing here is great. Overall, though, the song is decent but falls short of Napolitano’s best work, much less the work of Talking Heads.