Check Out This Unreleased Talking Heads Track Recorded Live at CBGB in 1976 [VIDEO]

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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“This is an instrumental; we call it ‘Theme.'” Words uttered by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne during a gig at CBGB on July 30, 1976. That night, the art-rock band (still a trio at the time) performed two sets alongside Television. “Theme” was seemingly a throwaway live cut never officially released. Until now.

YouTube user Francey uploaded the song last month. Unfortunately, there’s no video accompaniment.

Recorded live at CBGB’s in New York City on July 30, 1976. Talking Heads (still a trio at that time) and Television both played two sets that night – this recording is from the second Talking Heads set. This track was never released in any form.

The track itself isn’t anything amazing, but it’s certainly a nice little flashback to the band during its formative years. We especially enjoy the din of barely-audible bar chatter in the background.

It’s also worth noting that this recording was captured just over a year after the Talking Heads debuted as opening act for the Ramones.

Thank you, internet. Thank you, YouTube.

[h/t East Village Radio]

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