Who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of New Wave?
Wow, there’s a broad category, huh?
And I’m not going to try to define it or narrow it down; that’s up to Rock Town Hall.
Whatever the definition, I say Talking Heads has to be there. Three-piece, four-piece, expanded funk version, it doesn’t matter. The fact that they were so good in all those incarnations is one of the reasons they belong on the Mount. I’ll leave it to the other better musical explicators on the list to explain just how good, just how innovative, and just how timeless (40+ years later we now know that) they are.
Frantz/Weymouth-type complaints aside, what criticisms can you level against them, unless you want to hold then to account for the pale white-boy funk imitators that followed in their wake?
Who else shares the Mount with them?