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Read Chuck Berry’s Reviews of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and More

In a 1980 interview with the now-defunct zine Jet Lag, Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at age 90, divulged that he was behind on new…
Dale Eisinger / March 19, 2017

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The 50 Best Alt-Rock Love Songs

Not all love songs are romantic. Not all love songs are even happy. It all depends on your definition of the term. For…
SPIN Staff / February 12, 2021

David Byrne Apologizes for Wearing Blackface in Stop Making Sense Promo Video

Ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne has apologized for wearing Blackface in a promo video for the band's 1984 film Stop Making Sense. In a…
Daniel Kohn / September 1, 2020

The 25 Best Soundtrack Albums of the 1990s

In the 1980s, music and film collided for cross-promotional blockbusters both transcendent (Purple Rain) and transcendently cheesy (Footloose). In the ‘90s, soundtracks continued to sell…
Al Shipley / August 27, 2020

Watch the First Teaser Trailer of David Byrne’s American Utopia

Earlier this year in the before times, David Byrne was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for the first time in over 30 years and performed two…
Daniel Kohn / August 24, 2020

Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz Recalls Band’s Tense Final Meeting

Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz breaks down the turbulence of the band's final days in his newly issued memoir, Remain in Love — including a particularly…
Ryan Reed / July 21, 2020

Why David Byrne Finally Got His U.S. Citizenship

David Byrne's latest concert series, American Utopia, opened on Broadway in October, and now, three months after its debut, the songwriter is ready to open…
Rob Arcand / January 5, 2020

The Ramones: Our 1986 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the August 1986 issue of SPIN. It was one of those humid summer days in 1979 when the…
Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom / October 8, 2019

Arcade Fire: Our 2006 Interview

This article originally appeared in the January 2006 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 15th anniversary of the band's debut album Funeral, we’re republishing it here.
Caryn Ganz / September 14, 2019

Parliament-Funkadelic: Our 1985 Interview With George Clinton

This article originally appeared in the October 1985 issue of SPIN. Where it all began is a barbershop in Plainfield, New Jersey, back in…
Greg Tate / August 25, 2019

David Byrne Launches Reasons to be Cheerful Online Magazine

Talking Heads frontman and noted solo artist David Byrne has announced a new editorial venture called Reasons to be Cheerful. The online magazine, which follows…
Rob Arcand / August 24, 2019

The Modern Lovers: Our 1986 Feature, Funny How Love Is

This article originally appeared in the June 1986 issue of SPIN. "We don't want some girl to fool around with / We don't…
Scott Cohen / July 20, 2019

Talking Heads: Our 1985 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the June 1985 issue of SPIN. The Talking Heads invented the modern rock band. They found that if you're…

David Byrne Announces Broadway Residency

Over the past year, David Byrne has been taking his American Utopia tour across the world; now, he's bringing it to Broadway for a limited engagement at…
Will Gottsegen / May 17, 2019

Watch David Byrne & Mavis Staples Sing The Talking Heads At Her 80th Birthday Show At The Apollo

David Byrne and Mavis Staples are two legends who come from vastly different musical traditions, but they’ve got a long history with each other. And…
Tom Breihan, Stereogum / May 10, 2019

Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club Inducted Into Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame

Tina Weymouth—founding member of both Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club—is being inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. Weymouth is one of thee…
Rob Arcand / November 4, 2018
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