This time, it’s a band that sadly, has never had an official tribute album. The Talking Heads were together from 1974 to 1987, and released 9 studio albums, including the fantastic Remain In Light and Little Creatures. So, I decided that the next Coverville: Open Stage project should honor this great band, and listeners from all over the world stepped up to record their versions of Talking Heads classics.
As I did last time, I present ALL the submissions for this project, along with information about the performers. And not only are the songs included in a pair of podcasts, I’ve gathered them all as a complete zip archive (115MB) along with a cover art tribute to the Talking Heads Greatest Hits album, as before, designed by Shelby Miller.
You won’t have a tangible CD to hold in your hands, but this is the digital age, baby! Music these days is distributed as much on plastic discs as it is in ones and zeroes. So download the songs below, copy them to your portable music player, listen to them on your computer, or if you feel inclined, put them in your favorite order, burn them to a CD and put it in a jewel case emblazoned with the magnificent artwork provided by Mr. Miller.
And now, the music:
1. Road To Nowhere
Theresa Miller is a singer and songwriter living in the Boston area. In addition to spending time with her family and working as an e-Learning and Web Developer, she frequently performs at several venues south of Boston. She has also appears at open mics and local talent shows, one of which is regularly broadcast in New England.
2. Creatures Of Love
Chris Cross aka Christoph Drösser is a journalist, book author and musician based in Hamburg, Germany. His a cappella quintet, No Strings Attached (http://www.nostringsattached.de) won the Coverville Idol contest in 2006 with a cover of the Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian”.”
3. Once In A Lifetime
Founder of the free-download label, Lapdance Academy Records, and former contributor to Coverville with The Priestess and The Fool, Brian Grosz thoroughly enjoys manhandling musical instruments and uncovering new ways to develop vocal polyps. In early 2010, Grosz will be releasing a pair of Leadbelly covers on Lapdance Academy and will begin work on his next LP of original material. His 2007 full-length release, Bedlam Nights, is available on his bandcamp page and he has a series of singles available for free at Lapdance Academy.
Geoff Overmyer & Natasha Rusterholz
Geoff, is a part time (although not sure which part) producer, arranger and writer mainly for fun and frustration. This piece was performed by Geoff’s imaginary orchestra, the Bongo Orkest with Natasha featured on vocals. Otherwise Geoff works in the broadcast industry in Newcastle NSW Australia.
Natasha is a radio producer, singer, belly dancer with a beautiful voice and beautiful new baby who lives in the Blue Mountains in NSW.
James Ghofulpo is a multi-instrumentalist from Erie, PA. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and various other stringed instruments.
8. Psycho Killer
With extensive performance experience and a strong education in musical theory, including classical and jazz, Dave offers a variety of creative offerings for the avid music listener.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy…
19. Wild Life
Chance is an independent solo artist based in Los Angeles, CA.
After leading the nationally signed act, Portable (Two nationally released CDs; National Tours, including Woodstock ’99), Chance began releasing his solo work in late 2004.
Fiercely independent, Chance writes, records, performs, produces and mixes most of his music in his apartment studio and has gained a worldwide reputation for his non-linear approach to the “Chance brand” of music.