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More Songs About Buildings and Food

More Songs About Buildings and Food is Talking Heads' second album, the first of a string of three produced with Brian Eno. The album was significantly more popular than their first, Talking Heads: 77, but still did not break the group into mainstream audiences. Driven by its rhythm section, the band's blend of funky bass, bubblegum, country, reggae and punk influences, with David Byrne's nerdy, off-kilter voice, established the group as a critical success known for their rabid live shows, but still with disappointing album sales.

Concerning the album's title:

When we were making this album I remembered this stupid discussion we had about titles for the last album," Tina smirked. "At that time I said, 'What are we gonna call an album that's just about buildings and food?' And Chris said, 'You call it more songs about buildings and food.'

More Songs about Buildings and Food peaked at #29 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, while the Al Green cover "Take Me to the River" peaked at #26 on the Pop Singles chart in 1979.

The front cover of the album which was conceived and executed by David Byrne is a photomosaic of the band made of 529 close-up Polaroid photographs. In 2006, it was ranked the 45th-best album of the 1970s by Pitchfork Media.

In 2005, it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with four bonus tracks on the CD side ("Stay Hungry" (1977 version), alternate versions of "I'm Not in Love" and "The Big Country", and the 'Country angel' version of "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel"). The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and videos of the band performing "Found a Job" and "Warning Sign." In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads

Track listing

All songs written by David Byrne, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel" – 2:11
  2. "With Our Love" – 3:30
  3. "The Good Thing" – 3:03
  4. "Warning Sign" – 3:55
  5. "The Girls Want to Be With the Girls" – 2:37
  6. "Found a Job" – 5:00

Side two

  1. "Artists Only" (Byrne, Wayne Zieve) – 3:34
  2. "I'm Not in Love" – 4:33
  3. "Stay Hungry" (Byrne, Chris Frantz) – 2:39
  4. "Take Me to the River" (Al Green, Teenie Hodges) – 5:00
  5. "The Big Country" – 5:30


Additional personnel

  • Brian Eno – synthesizers, piano, guitar, percussion, background singing
  • Tina & the Typing Pool – background singing on "The Good Thing"

Recording personnel


Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard Pop Albums 29
1978 UK Albums 21
Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Take Me to the River" Billboard Pop Singles 26


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold November 16, 1983


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