A clip from the film Talking Heads: Chronology shows the band performing an early version of their hit song “Psycho Killer” during a now-legendary December 1975 show at CBGB.
This was their second appearance at the iconic New York City club after opening for The Ramones seven months earlier.
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” Live at CBGB, 1975
When I started writing this (I got help later), I imagined Alice Cooper doing a Randy Newman-type ballad. Both the Joker and Hannibal Lecter were much more fascinating than the good guys. Everybody sort of roots for the bad guys in movies.
Weymouth, who grew up speaking French at home, wrote the famous bridge that translates into the chilling first-person words of a killer.
Ce que j’ai fait, ce soir-là – What I did, that evening
Ce qu’elle a dit, ce soir-là – What she said, that evening
Réalisant mon espoir – Fulfilling my hope
Je me lance vers la gloire – Headlong I go towards glory
Here’s the full show from that evening.