Little Creatures

Music review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Art-punk pioneers score with catchy pop album.

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Positive messages

Many of Talking Heads' catchy songs on Little Creatures are dreamlike or abstract and don't necessarily convey a clear message. However, the title of the song "Creatures of Love" -- a charming, tongue-in-cheek track about where babies come from -- which is also repeated in the chorus, is a very sweet sentiment. Also, though "Road to Nowhere" sounds like the title of a song about aimlessness, it has a warm message: Take your time, enjoy the journey, bring a friend.

Positive role models & representations

A few years after making their most commercially successful album, Little Creatures, Talking Heads disbanded (after making their last album, Naked). Since then, the bandmembers have pursued their individual musical interests. David Byrne became a recording label owner and world musician (and an advocate for cycling rather than driving); Jerry Harrison, a musician and very in-demand producer; and Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz are producers, bandmates, and life partners. These musicians set a fine example for how musicians can mature in their careers post-band. The songs on Little Creatures themselves, however, while benign and mostly warmhearted, don't feature any characters particularly worth emulating.

Violence

One song on Little Creatures, "The Lady Don't Mind," mentions someone jumping out of a window.

Sex

Little Creatures is not an overtly sexual or romantic record. However, there are a few tracks that mention sex or nudity. In "And She Was," a woman takes off her dress. "Creatures of Love" points out that sex is where babies come from and includes lines about men and women "laying together" and says "I've seen sex and I think it's OK," but it's also about love between two people resulting in life carrying on, and how meaningful that is. The popular song "Stay Up Late" refers to a baby's penis as a "little pee pee."

Language

There is no profanity on this album. Other than the small about of sexual language (mentioning sex or laying together; referring to a baby's penis as a "little pee pee"), there is no offensive language on Little Creatures.

Consumerism

In "Television Man," the singer has only his TV for a companion; the song takes a jab at the negative influence of television on people's lives.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Creatures, the sixth album by Talking Heads, was the group's most successful album and is widely considered their most accessible work. The record -- by the same art-punk band that cracked Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the first time in '78 with "Psycho Killer" -- is full of catchy songs that incorporate some world music and American roots influences. Some songs are dreamlike, and most of the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek; Talking Heads rarely played a scene straight. On the whole, there are just a few (nongraphic) references to sex, almost no violence, and no profanity. The only potentially age-inappropriate line is the one in "Stay Up Late" about a baby's "little pee pee," which young kids will repeat and giggle over.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bybombadil April 6, 2016

Talking Head's "worst" album is still great

This album is a lot of fun to listen to and has one of my all time favorite TH songs, "And She Was." However, it really can't compete with their...

What's the story?

Talking Heads were an art-punk band that came out of the same New York scene that spawned bands such as The Ramones and Blondie. The group was founded by three students who attended the Rhode Island School of Design: singer David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth, and drummer Chris Frantz; the bandmates later added multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison. Talking Heads were known for infusing their ironic songs with elements of world music, such as steel drums and other percussion pieces. LITTLE CREATURES was the band's most successful and accessible album, rising to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart and including three Top 40 hits ("And She Was," "Road to Nowhere," and "Stay Up Late"). The group made two more albums after Little Creatures (True Stories and Naked) but disbanded in 1988. The bandmembers last performed together when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Is it any good?

Little Creatures is full of infectious pop songs with memorable hooks and similar instrumentation. The addition of ethnic percussion, accordions, and saxophones to the group's four-piece rock band adds a lot of interest, and frontman David Byrne seems particularly at ease singing these songs, which are right in his vocal range. The album as a whole has a very relaxed, warm feel. Highlights include the charming song "Creatures of Love" and the record's three Top 40 hits: "Road to Nowhere," "And She Was," and "Stay Up Late."
 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song "Creatures of Love." What is this song telling listeners about love and sex?

  • What is the message of the song "Television Man"?

  • Is being on the "Road to Nowhere" a bad thing?

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