Remain in Light

~ Release group by Talking Heads


Remain in Light12" Vinyl8
  • US1980-10-08
Sire RecordsSRK 6095075992609517
Remain in LightVinyl8
Sire RecordsSIR K 56 867
Remain in LightCassette8
Sire RecordsSRKC 6095[none]
Remain in LightVinyl8
Sire RecordsSRK 6095
Remain in Light12" Vinyl8
  • JP1982-03-27
Sire RecordsP-6488
Remain in LightCD8
  • US1983-09-13
Sire Records6095-2075992609524
Remain in LightCD8
Sire Records6095-2[none]
Remain in LightCD8
Sire Records7599-26095-2075992609524
Remain in LightCD8
Sire RecordsCD 6095[none]
Remain in Light (No barcode; made in West Germany)CD8
Sire Records256 867, 6095-2[none]
Remain in LightCD8
  • XE1990-10-25
Sire Records075992609524, 6095-2075992609524
Remain in LightCD8
Remain in LightDualDisc (CD side) + DualDisc (DVD-Audio side)12 + 18
  • US2006-01-10
Rhino (reissue label), Sire RecordsR2 76452081227645229
Remain in LightCD + DVD12 + 18
  • XE2006-01-16
Sire Records8122 73300 20081227330026
Remain in LightCD8
  • JP2006-02-22
Sire RecordsWPCR-751544943674061495
Remain in Light (iTunes deluxe version)Digital Media12
  • US2006-02-28
Rhino (reissue label), Sire Records[none]
Remain in Light12" Vinyl8
  • US2006-09-12
Sire RecordsR1 70802081227080211
Remain in LightDigital Media12
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)[none]
Remain in Light (hi-res audio)Digital Media8
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)HD603497940936[none]
Remain in LightDigital Media8
  • -2012-07-19
Rhino (reissue label)
Remain in Light (180g)12" Vinyl8
  • XE2013-04-01
Sire Records8122708021081227080211
Remain in Light12" Vinyl8
  • US2018-11-23
Sire RecordsRCV1 70802603497856053
Remain in LightCD8Sire RecordsCD 6095075992609524
Remain in LightCD8Sire Records256 867[none]
Remain in LightCD8Sire Records256 867
Remain in Light (iTunes)Digital Media8
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)075992609562
Remain in Light (5.1 downmix)Digital Media8
  • XW2007-09-24
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)[none][none]


associated singles/EPs:Houses in Motion
Once in a Lifetime
included in:Talking Heads
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 39) (order: 39)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 43) (order: 43)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 129) (order: 129)
supporting tours:Remain in Light Tour
Discogs: [info]
reviews: [info]
other databases: [info] [info]
Allmusic: [info]
Wikidata:Q843416 [info]

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There's a chance, slim though it may be, that you haven't yet listened to Remain in Light. Please, find and play it now. Feet tapping, and fingers clicking? That's to be expected. Soon, exquisite textures come into focus. Brilliant, isn't it? An album that sounds as fresh in 2012 as it ever has.

Each time Remain in Light's 40 minutes pass you by there's likely to be something new to hear. Fidgety opener Born Under Punches is one of a handful of cuts that seems to get itself locked into an infinite loop - a good thing. It, like the equally muscular, equally wired The Great Curve, utilises club-land repetition mapped to Afrobeat-at-double-speed architecture to create an end product that's utterly hypnotic.

Remain in Light wasn't the first time Talking Heads, helmed by the inimitable David Byrne, had worked with producer Brian Eno. Nor was it the first time they'd incorporated elements of "world" music: debut set Talking Heads: 77's opener, Uh-oh, Love Comes to Town, features steelpan sounds from the Caribbean. But it was (is!) the indubitable zenith of both the band's Eno collaborations and their explorations beyond art/post-punk and new wave templates.

Whilst Byrne and bandmates' intentions from the outset were framed by the desire to experiment, Remain in Light is a perfectly accessible affair, never losing sight of the following Talking Heads had attracted via minor single hits like Psycho Killer and their cover of Al Green's Take Me to the River.

This mainstream-savvy sensibility is encapsulated by Once in a Lifetime. Far from Remain in Light's most riveting moment, it's nevertheless the ideal introduction to this set: Eno's introduction of Fela Kuti-inspired rhythms lends the track a savant edge, but Byrne's aspiration-meets-realism lyricism connects with a universal audience. With MTV offering support come the station's 1981 launch, the track was Talking Heads' best-known song until it was out-radio-played by 1985's Road to Nowhere.

Road to Nowhere's parent LP, Little Creatures, can't match Remain in Light's bravado, though. This fourth album illustrates how keen ambition could gel with commercial nous, with results that dazzle. Even in its darker turns - closer The Overload the obvious example -these eight tracks continue to fascinate over 30 years after their creation.

In short: same as it ever was, same as it ever was…