"Radio Head" as written by and David Byrne....
Baby your mind is a radio
Got a receiver inside my head
Baby I'm tuned to your wavelength
Lemme tell you what it says:

Oh! Picking up something good
Hey, radio head!
The sound...of a brand-new world.

So look at my fingers vibrate
From their tip down down to my toes
Now I'm receiving your signal
We're gonna leave the land of noise

Oh! Picking up something good
Hey, radio head!
The sound...of a brand-new world.

Oh! Picking up something good
Hey, radio head!
The sound...Of a brand-new world.

Now you and I have no secrets
Now baby, lemme read your mind
I hear ev'rything you're thinking
You can't help the way you sound

Picking up something good.
Hey! Radio head!
The sound...Of a brand-new world
Oh! Radio Head
Radio Head
Radio Head
Radio Head

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"Radio Head" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentRadiohead was called "on a Friday" because they rehearsed on Friday's. This is common in the university music world. A jazz combo that rehearses at 2:00 is often billed as the 2:00 combo. But I agree, Radiohead is a better name.
    I think that Radiohead was being tongue-in-cheek when it said it named itself after the least annoying song in the film. It seems that Radiohead songs are the closest things (lyrically) to Talking Heads songs that you can find today. Their songs are basically poetic musings on the f***ed up state of affairs in modern society. Radiohead has a richer database to probe, granted (with all the corporate takeovers that have made us, more than ever, cogs in the machine). But don't forget, Talking Heads had the Reagan administration, rich fodder for any intellectual canon!!!!!
    humancorporationon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAccording to the screenwriter of the Talking Heads film "True Stories", the song was written about the author (or, more specifically, based on a conversation about a "true story" the writer told David Byrne about some extra-sensory experiences years before...) Actor Stephen Tobolowsky met David Byrne and was asked to help write a screenplay treatment for what became the film/album "True Stories". Early on, Stephen mentioned that he had real ESP experiences when he was in college, and he heard voices, like a radio from the other room...David Byrne later wrote a song and played it for Tobolowsky, knowing that he would recognize that it was influenced by the story he had told Byrne.

    You can listen to the whole episode on the podcast (prx.org/pieces/…)
    ZipKingon August 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentArcadia1, what the hell are you saying?
    Rasputin007on January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe band Radiohead named themselves after this song because "it was the least annoying song on 'True Stories'."
    fafafafafafafafafaon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentfafafafa....im listening to psycho killer now :)

    so THATS where radiohead got their name! aha. i love radiohead. i guess i should have known that...
    koka kolaon May 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentPresumably the song is about mind reading, as per the guy in the David Byrne movie True Stories who read minds - this is the song he sings, and DB wrote it for the movie.
    robman_84on November 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentradiohead's original name was "on a friday." I'm glad they went with radiohead instead.
    knate15on February 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, On A Friday... what the hell where they thinking?
    a town like parison May 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah. the song has to be looked at from the standpoint that it was written for the movie. i read on talking-heads.net that david byrne wrote the lines sang by the characters specifically for the movie and that was all. later, he wrote entire songs out of them with the band.
    stevenminguson May 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentradiohead didnt really get their name from this song even though they may have said it.
    no matter what radiohead would have that name anyway you know :/
    its like radiohead dont even know themselves but i suppose its all just lies for something that will eventually be released or something...fuck knows :/
    drunkbutrueon December 03, 2004   Link

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