“Love → Building on Fire” (’75 demo)

On September 11, 2011 by Will Hermes

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This version of Talking Heads’ debut single (it was not included on Talking Heads: 77) is, as far as I’ve been able to suss out, from a CBS demo session recorded in late ’75, just a few months after the band came together. Chris Frantz told me the title originally had the arrow, but it became known colloquially as “Love Goes To Building On Fire,” and the group used that title for most of the single sleeves.

In borrowing it for my book title, I made it plural. I liked the image of something powerful and beautiful going up against something powerful and destructive. I like to think that, in the end, love + beauty always win out.

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