This argument presumes complexity equals quality. It does not. Something can be intricate and complicated and still be utter tripe. Something can be simple and repetitive and be fucking brilliant.Wow. Have you ever played an instrument? Take that instrument home and start playing chord progressions from the Beach Boys, then try writing a song with as many key changes that somehow convolutes coherently.
Except, I think Fear of Music is better than Remain in Light. I recognize I am in a significant minority in this opinion. Sometimes the canon gets it wrong.
Let's face it: as great as the first 25 minutes of Remain in Light are, the last 15 minutes are really pretty forgettable. "Seen and Not Seen", "Listening Wind", "The Overload". I cant' even remember the last time I listened to "Seen and Not Seen".
On the other hand, I cant' find a single weak moment on Fear of Music. Yes it's true there's nothing as soaringly great as "Crosseyed and Painless" but taken on the whole I think it's a lot more consistent. Find a city, find myself a city to live in.
Honestly, Speaking in Tongues is my favorite casual-listening Talking Heads record. Remain in Light was my gateway, but then I asked for Stop Making Sense for my birthday and that was what really did it for me (in terms of cementing my fandom.) I fucking love that film.
Speaking In Tongues is my fav as well.
So sick, guys.
If I have misunderstood it, perhaps instead of repeating yourself, you should just have explained yourself better in the first place. Because what I saw you making an argument for was that such-and-such an album was great because of its complexity.
The real shame is that they didn't have to do it that way: there was plenty else they could have done instead. Think about how really, really great RiL would have been if it had included (say) "Mea Culpa", "Help Me Somebody", and "Regiment" from Bush of Ghosts instead of "Seen and Unseen", "Listening Wind", and "The Overload". That would have significantly improved RiL and been one fucking amazing album.
Why is this even a thread? When did a list from COS actually matter? They named Bonnaroo best festival of the decade. Probably cause it was the only one that gave them free tickets and a press pass.