Psycho Killer

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"Psycho Killer" is a song by Talking Heads from their 1977 album 77, written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. The band's "signature debut hit" review of the re-release from the BBC features lyrics which seem to represent the thoughts of a serial killer. Allmusic calls it a "deceptively funky New Wave/No Wave song ... an insistent rhythm, and one of the most memorable, driving bass line in rock & roll." at Allmusic

"Psycho Killer" was the only song from the album to appear on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, peaking at number 92. It placed 32nd on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 1989. It almost made the top ten in the Netherlands, peaking at #11 in 1977.


According to the preliminary lyric sheets copied onto the 2006 remaster of Talking Heads: 77, the song started off as a semi-narrative of the killer actually committing murders. Byrne has said of the song:

The bridge lyrics are in French, as is the prominent chorus line "Qu'est-ce que c'est ?" ("What is this/it?"). The bridge lyrics are:

Ce que j'ai fait ce soir-là
Ce qu'elle a dit ce soir-là
Réalisant mon espoir
Je me lance vers la gloire... OK

What I did, that evening
What she said, that evening
Fulfilling my hope
Headlong I go for glory... OK

Later releases

A live version was released on The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads in 1982 and the later CD release...
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