Last night I finally got to sit down with Talking Heads: Chronology, a succinct collection of live songs performed by the band, ranging from "With Our Love,""I'm Not in Love," and "Psycho Killer" at the CBGB in 1975 to "Life During Wartime" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2002. It's fun to see the group progress from those early days in little clubs with Chris Frantz's rudimentary drum beats, Tina Weymouth's quarter-note bass lines, and a less-than-confident David Byrne at the helm (and holy shit do they all look young).
Fast forward to NYC's storied venue The Kitchen a year later and the group is markedly polished in comparison. But it's with "Don't Worry About the Government" on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978 and "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel" the same year at Entermedia Theatre that they feel fully formed. These are the first songs on the collection with former Modern Lovers keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison in the mix, and they represent the beginning of the band's apex. Put it on your TV for parties and get 'em jerky on the dancefloor.