Talking Heads – Crosseyed and Painless (1980)

Talking Heads – Crosseyed and Painless (1980)

“Crosseyed and Painless” is a song by American new wave band Talking Heads. It was released in 1980 in the United States as a promotional single from their fourth studio album, Remain in Light. On the In the US, it reached to 20 on the US Dance chart to become Talking Heads’ highest charting dance single.

The song uses instruments and techniques such as cowbell loops, congas, bells, staccato guitar rhythms, and electronic blips. They chose this song for their second music video, released in 1981.

The music video for “Crosseyed and Painless”, lasting 5:37, was directed by Toni Basil and by their own request did not feature the members of the band. Instead it featured street dancers (including Stephen “Skeeter Rabbit” Nichols), chosen by David Byrne, and who were said to have chosen their own choreography for the video. The dancers engage in various dance mimes of hustling, knife crime, posing, body popping, solicitation and street fighting. The video mix includes an additional verse not heard on the LP mix of the song.

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