Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lifetime Piling Up

Simultaneously a razor-sharp critique of rampant capitalism and a classic existentialist-angst rant, Talking Heads' final single "Lifetime Piling Up" remains one of the most under-appreciated gems in the post-punk and new-wave icons' extensive discography. It's also a brilliant summation of the band's mind-bogglingly expansive musical blueprint, with West African tribal rhythms, blue-eyed soul, Middle Eastern tonalities and gospel call-and-response all wrapped up in one neat package. Check out the carefully constructed video clip, which comprises a breathataking montage of all of the band's promos up to their disbandment in 1992.


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