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Remain in Light Talking Heads (Sire, 1980)

Remain in Light was American new wave band Talking Heads’ fourth studio album. Produced by longtime collaborator Brian Eno, Remain in Light was certified
Gold in both the U.S. and Canada. The group experimented with African polyrhythms (a polyrhythm is the simultaneous use of two or more conflicting rhythms). Their instrumental tracks consisted of series of samples and loops. Lyrics were taken from African academic literature. The album artwork was crafted with the help of computers from MIT and the design company M&Co. For the album’s promotional tour, the quartet took on an additional five members.

Remain in Light was widely praised by critics and ended up on many lists of the Best 80s Albums. Remain in Light is still considered to be the best Talking Heads album.

The album’s singles: Once in a Lifetime hit #28 in Canada, #14 in the UK and #103 on the Hot 100 in the U.S. Houses in Motions hit #50 in the UK. Remain in Light finished best in Canada, peaking at #6. Its other top ten finish was in New Zealand (#8). In the U.S., the album finished at #19.

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