TRACK: Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer (1975 CBS Demos)"

TRACK: Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer (1975 CBS Demos)”

This recording of “Psycho Killer” is the earliest known recording of the Talking Heads. The song had been played previously in David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth’s band The Artistics and was later released on Talking Heads: 77. The band is surprisingly tight considering how new they were, but again they’d been playing it for a year at this point. It’s interesting to hear these songs before they were fully fleshed out. There is definitely more of a post-punk feel to them, but with just a hint of the dance flair Byrne and the Talking Heads would become known for. Also check out the demos of “Warning Sign” and “No Compassion” from the same session.

Psycho Killer:

 

Warning Sign:

 

No Compassion: