One of my favorites by the Talking Heads. Such a feel good song. This was released in 1983, but it could come out today and still sound current.
In the "Self Interview" on the DVD of the concert film Stop Making Sense, Byrne admits that it is a love song, a topic he tends to avoid because it is "kinda big". He also said of the song:
"That's a love song made up almost completely of non sequiturs, phrases that may have a strong emotional resonance but don't have any narrative qualities. It's a real honest kind of love song. I don't think I've ever done a real love song before. Mine always had a sort of reservation, or a twist. I tried to write one that wasn't corny, that didn't sound stupid or lame the way many do. I think I succeeded; I was pretty happy with that."
According to the Stop Making Sense commentary track, the title "Naive Melody" refers to the music. On the track, the guitar part and the bass part are doing the same thing throughout the whole song. According to David Byrne, many professional musicians would not play a song written in that fashion, and that is what makes the melody naive. Byrne played the lead keyboard solo.
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2015 19:44:54 GMT -5 by Deleted
Talking Heads are one of my favourite bands. I don't think this is one of their best, but in all honesty they don't have many songs I consider anything less than fantastic.
I pretty much agree with this, although I might still consider this as a top-tier release from them, even though there are still several songs I like more. Honestly, it would take serious thought for me to decide, because, as you say, they have so many great songs, without actually making the effort to rank them, they all seem like they might be near the top of the list.
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