Everything’s a Talking Heads song

A look at the films, tunes and books inspired by the iconic band

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Everything's a Talking Heads song (Credit: Wikimedia)

The new Sean Penn film “This Must Be the Place” is only the latest work to have been inspired, at least in part, by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Talking Heads. But the band has been inspiring writers, musicians and filmmakers for decades. View the slideshow below:

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    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    The title of the 2012 film "This Must Be the Place," starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand, is a tribute to the Talking Heads song of the same name. Heads founding member David Byrne wrote the original music for the movie's soundtrack.

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    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    Stuart Adamson and Tony Butler of the Scottish rock band Big Country, which was named after the Talking Heads song of the same name.

    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    Novelist Kate Racculia drew inspiration from the Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place." In an interview with RT Book Reviews, she said the song "loaned me a title" and that the book "is an enigmatic rumination on what it means to find (or make) a home of your own."

    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    Radiohead's name comes from track 6 of Talking Heads' "True Stories" album: "Baby your mind is a radio/ Got a receiver inside my head/ Baby I'm tuned to your wavelength/ Lemme tell you what it says."

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    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    Mad Rat, a Seattle-based electro/hip-hop band, has a song called "Qu'est-ce Que C'est," a reference to the Talking Heads song "Psycho Killer" with lyrics: "I'm a psycho, you're a killer. Qu'est-ce Que C'est. Run away."

    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    Musician and longtime Talking Heads producer Brian Eno paid homage to the band in his "Kings Lead Hat," an anagram of the band's name.

    Art inspired by the Talking Heads

    "Once in a Lifetime," the legendary Talking Heads music video produced by Brian Eno, was exhibited by the MoMA in New York. The song has also been covered by Smashing Pumpkins and sampled by Jay-Z.

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Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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