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Talking Heads — Pulled Up
Album: The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
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Total ratings: 2282









Released: 1982
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Mommy, Daddy, come and look at me now
I'm a big man in a great big town
Years ago who would believe it's true
Goes to show what a little faith can do

I was complaining, I was down in the dumps
I feel so strong now 'cause you pulled me up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up

I slipped, and I got pulled
Pulled up, I tripped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up
I slipped, and I got pulled,
Pulled up, I slipped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up pull me up pull me up...
Pulled me up up up up up up up up

I drift away to another land
Sleeping dreaming such a simple thing
I think of things that I might be
I see my name go down in history

I was complaining, I was down in the dumps
I feel so strong now 'cause you pulled me up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up
I slipped, and I got pulled,
pulled up, I tripped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up
I tripped, and I got pulled
Pulled up, I slipped, and then you pulled
you pulled me up! Pulled me up up, Pulled me up...
Pulled me up up up up up up up up

I got up
'cause you pulled me up
I stood up
'cause you pulled me up
I got up
And that was because you pulled me up
I got up
In a little while you pulled me up
Pull me up up up up, up up up up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!

I cast a shadow on the living-room wall
Dark and savage with a profile so sharp
Keep that wonderful food on the table
There's really no hurry I'll eat in a while

I was complaining, I was down in the dumps
I feel so strong now 'cause you pulled me up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
I slipped, and I got pulled
Pulled up, I tripped, and then you pulled,
you pulled me up
I slipped, and I got pulled
Pulled Up, I slipped,
And then you pulled, you pulled me up!
Pull me up...Pull me up...Watch out!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
Pull me up up up up up up up up!
Comments (250)add comment
 coloradojohn wrote:

Just saw Stop Making Sense at The Boulder Theater a couple days ago, Oct. 30. Like a concert, the place was packed; sold-out, and full of lively partiers... Kevin and I staked out a balcony spot.  He'd never seen it, and was totally blown away; pretty much overwhelmed by the whole thing, as I was the first time... It was maybe my third time seeing it and the first in almost 20 years.  It is the best concert film ever, and continually reminds or surprises everyone by showing us how incredibly great they were. Every song, I danced my buns off in the aisle with many others. How could I not? with every member of the band hopping and bopping and sweating like crazy to the groovy, funky world beats they were putting out the whole time?!  David was beside himself and sang and danced and jammed beyond belief... Jerry was on fire, and Tina played some of the best bass I've ever witnessed... Chris Franz was an absolute Moonie... Bernie Worrell and Alex Weir and the backup singers were AMAZING.  GO SEE IT!



I saw it in Denver back in the early '80s.  My wife went with me, reluctantly.  But she loved it.    It made Sense to her.  :)   Of course I loved it.
Just saw Stop Making Sense at The Boulder Theater a couple days ago, Oct. 30. Like a concert, the place was packed; sold-out, and full of lively partiers... Kevin and I staked out a balcony spot.  He'd never seen it, and was totally blown away; pretty much overwhelmed by the whole thing, as I was the first time... It was maybe my third time seeing it and the first in almost 20 years.  It is the best concert film ever, and continually reminds or surprises everyone by showing us how incredibly great they were. Every song, I danced my buns off in the aisle with many others. How could I not? with every member of the band hopping and bopping and sweating like crazy to the groovy, funky world beats they were putting out the whole time?!  David was beside himself and sang and danced and jammed beyond belief... Jerry was on fire, and Tina played some of the best bass I've ever witnessed... Chris Franz was an absolute Moonie... Bernie Worrell and Alex Weir and the backup singers were AMAZING.  GO SEE IT!
 GHoffmeyer wrote:

I am on a mission to reduce Talking Heads and Tom Petty overplay on this outstanding station (one of the best things about the internet - sincerely), who’s gonna’ join me?




Please add U2 and R.E.M.
We need more songs played from '77 on RP.   What a debut album.  On some days, it's my favorite of theirs.
 SurfDoc wrote:

I was pretty young in the 80's but still why did it take me into adulthood to fully appreciate the Talking Heads?




I was born in 1970 and am only came to appreciate the Talking Heads in the last 5-10 years or so!
I was pretty young in the 80's but still why did it take me into adulthood to fully appreciate the Talking Heads?
 fredriley wrote:

Oh oh oh oh oh! It's David "Pseudy" Byrne, darling of the arterati. The Will Self of music.  Sucko-barfo's too good for him. TFF PSD!




Thank God we don't have to listen to your "My Favoites" list!!   


Oh here ya go. On the heels of The Veils, it's the true masters of "precision nervousness." This one's pretty peppy.

 eileenomurphy wrote:



MISSION ABORTED!!


Agreed - mission aborted!  Tom Petty and Talking Heads are two of the finest artist groups of all time!  Play on Bill!
Oh oh oh oh oh! It's David "Pseudy" Byrne, darling of the arterati. The Will Self of music.  Sucko-barfo's too good for him. TFF PSD!
Prefer the version from '77.
 eileenomurphy wrote:



Then hit the SKIP BUTTON, zippy! ...and shut up!


- - - wait, there’s a skip button?
3rd Talking Heads Song today.   No Rush, Stones, Zep, Floyd, AC/DC, Rainbow, Joe Walsh.  Is this the Rock Mix or the Art Rock Mix?
 GHoffmeyer wrote:

I am on a mission to reduce Talking Heads and Tom Petty overplay on this outstanding station (one of the best things about the internet - sincerely), who’s gonna’ join me?




MISSION ABORTED!!
I am on a mission to reduce Talking Heads and Tom Petty overplay on this outstanding station (one of the best things about the internet - sincerely), who’s gonna’ join me?
Hearing this reminds me of how wild and turbulent it felt to be in high school, going through all that, and yet have the magical music of this madly exuberant band to escape into as soon as we jumped into our cars and plugged in our Heads tapes. How blessed we were!
EXCELLENT TUNE!!!   GREAT BAND!!!  
 2020sk wrote:

...

Now I can put this one back in the mental archive for another 5-10 years, and enjoy it again some time around 2020!



Welcome to 2021.  There's not much of it left.

 jugece wrote:

What a freaking annoying song...ugghh




Then hit the SKIP BUTTON, zippy! ...and shut up!
What a freaking annoying song...ugghh
 dwlangham wrote:
Average Rating: 6.4?

Something's really wrong here.
 

Yeah...it's too high. I agree.
Not one of their best, but my ears always perk up when I hear that beat and that voice.
What a tight rhythm section -- Tina and Chris rule!
Kinda feelin a Devo song to come up next 
That would be a cheerful event     
Average Rating: 6.4?

Something's really wrong here.
 bam23 wrote:
I would not want this piece to represent this band. Maybe it could have been left unrecorded? Just an annoyed opinionator.
 
Everybody has different tastes! ...I really like it!
 bam23 wrote:
I would not want this piece to represent this band. Maybe it could have been left unrecorded? Just an annoyed opinionator.
 
Nae sea awfie fer a laddie frae Dumfries
 MsJudi wrote:
Help, I've fallen into the 80's and I can't get up! ;)
 

Perhaps, but this song was originally released in 1977.  I always liked the quirky, three-bar phrases within the verses - gives the song a unique tension.
I would not want this piece to represent this band. Maybe it could have been left unrecorded? Just an annoyed opinionator.
Thanks for so good music...
Fandatamstical!
It's been WAY too long since I heard this.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
These guys are really good or really bad

 
Hmm, you're really wrong or really right
 steeler wrote:

For me, part of the appeal was that lunatic singing
 
Yeah, same here. This is a fun song.
 maboleth wrote:
Talking Heads never worked for me. Always sounded like some lunatic singing in a quite irritating way.

 
For me, part of the appeal was that lunatic singing
 coloradojohn wrote:
The songs listed — and the supposed recording date — on this are confusing... A few, especially the first batch, seem about right for the period; the rest seem from later albums, and many are also found on the collection...
 
Yeah, this live album wasn't released until 1982 or '83.  The studio version of this song was on their first album: "77", which obviously was released in 1977.
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
Just when I think its too weird, the wit and humor come through. DB's a trip.

 
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro — HST
Talking Heads never worked for me. Always sounded like some lunatic singing in a quite irritating way.
Just when I think its too weird, the wit and humor come through. DB's a trip.
These guys are really good or really bad
love them for their originality, creativity
The songs listed — and the supposed recording date — on this are confusing... A few, especially the first batch, seem about right for the period; the rest seem from later albums, and many are also found on the collection, Sand in the Vaseline...  In any case, for most of us, our first exposure to TH was the smash hit, "Take Me to the River" from More Songs about Buildings and Food, and the band's mass TV debut on SNL, in '78 I think it was. Those of us who were first experiencing the joys and freedoms of driving, car stereo tape decks (in this case, 8-track!), and killer weed knew there was something special and different about this wacky new band, and it wasn't just the singer. They were doing something truly astounding at the time: daring to turn the whole idea of Pop Music on its ear — and they pulled it off! We lapped it all up; we couldn't get enough of it. Forever after, they have kept us enamored and amused...
Great inventions musically wise at that time  And during the years David improved his singing abilities    (at least a little)
Just a great song. Nothing like it when it came out on their first album.
They have a shipload of terrific songs. This is certainly not one of them.
Thanks for reminding me of this great tune;  I miss those guys. And those days.
That's cracklin'! Old Heads!
love it
 randyblew wrote:
Raw Heads. Put in the historical context - wonderful in several different ways. This song's an early new-wave rave-up. Pure and simple.

 
Absolutely. After seven years of disco and ponderous prog this was a breath of fresh air.
I really miss this period of Talking Heads.

That up UP squawk is so much fun. 
listening to the heads taught me that music didn't always have to be serious and heavy, that sometimes music could just be fun.  we should all spend more time dancing...

This song screams "listen to me" - not the best thing when you've tuned in for some background music to work to!

Still, I haven't heard it for so long, it's worth taking a minute to reflect on whether Talking Heads have stood the test of time or not. I can understand if someone hates this, but thank heaven for its middle eight. Turns the song from something Police-like repetitive into one that prompts a reaction along the lines of "how did they ever think they could get away with it?"

 

Now I can put this one back in the mental archive for another 5-10 years, and enjoy it again some time around 2020!


 lemmoth wrote:
The raw, stripped down, talking heads that I first fell in love with.

Believe me folks, when you heard them for the first time, with all that was happening in the mid-70s, this was unbelievably refreshing.

 
Yes, it was very refreshing; I remember those days too.  I prefer the version of this song which is on the "77" album.
Raw Heads. Put in the historical context - wonderful in several different ways. This song's an early new-wave rave-up. Pure and simple.
{#No}
Ever notice how listening to Talking Heads makes you feel smarter? It's weird...{#Propeller}
 lemmoth wrote:
The raw, stripped down, talking heads that I first fell in love with.

Believe me folks, when you heard them for the first time, with all that was happening in the mid-70s, this was unbelievably refreshing.

 
Yep, that is absolutely true.
really awful... 1.
Good way to wake up—by being pulled up!
 fredriley wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell others what they should or shouldn't write as comment. Comments can be negative as well as gushing. But what the feck, maybe next time I'll not mention mute but instead just write 'like this sucks ass, man' or similar - would that be ok with you?

No, forget it, that's a rhetorical question. Basically you don't like anyone writing owt critical of David "Teletubby" Byrne. Fair enough - band fans often think that, but you need reminding that one person's godlike is another's sucko-barfo. As ever, this is the bleedin' obvious, but plainly it needs to be restated at regular intervals for some folk.

"Narcissism" - ROTFL! The state of my boat race, I barely look in the mirror whilst I'm shaving for fear of breaking it.
 
Wrong-o, Fred.  Contrary to your bad assumption, I actually don't have a problem with people writing disparaging comments about TH or any other musician for that matter.  What baffles me is the comment "Mute!" and the like.  Seems to be as just as pointless as "I'm going to get another cup of coffee."  Why not say what you don't like about the music instead of just telling everyone that you are silencing the station?

Then again, I suppose much of what is written on Internet comment boards is narcissistic to some degree, including this comment. 
.David Byrne meet fingernails and chalkboard
Great memories from college - cranking this song on Friday nights in preparation of going out and blowing off some steam!
Let's see, what type of music was popular about this time, 1977?  DISCO

I typically associate Talking Heads with it's time rather than content, and the band made it a better time.
God Bless the TH's
The raw, stripped down, talking heads that I first fell in love with.

Believe me folks, when you heard them for the first time, with all that was happening in the mid-70s, this was unbelievably refreshing.
I never "got" the Talking Heads, but I defend others' rights to somehow enjoy them.  This got a 6 from me.  I didn't change the station (or hit the mute button) but I couldn't wait for it to finish.  Thankfully, TH songs are all around 3 minutes!
 fredriley wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell others what they should or shouldn't write as comment. Comments can be negative as well as gushing. But what the feck, maybe next time I'll not mention mute but instead just write 'like this sucks ass, man' or similar - would that be ok with you?

No, forget it, that's a rhetorical question. Basically you don't like anyone writing owt critical of David "Teletubby" Byrne. Fair enough - band fans often think that, but you need reminding that one person's godlike is another's sucko-barfo. As ever, this is the bleedin' obvious, but plainly it needs to be restated at regular intervals for some folk.

"Narcissism" - ROTFL! The state of my boat race, I barely look in the mirror whilst I'm shaving for fear of breaking it.
 

I stand by my right to use the mute button and declare such use loudly, on occasion.

Fred, let's form a group - Mute Button Defenders. ;)

 
Ahhhh, early Talking Heads.

Makes me want to sing out loud. I think I will......... 

 
 window wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell everyone that they are muting the station.  Do you want a Hallmark card or something?  File this phenomenon under "narcissism."
 
I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell others what they should or shouldn't write as comment. Comments can be negative as well as gushing. But what the feck, maybe next time I'll not mention mute but instead just write 'like this sucks ass, man' or similar - would that be ok with you?

No, forget it, that's a rhetorical question. Basically you don't like anyone writing owt critical of David "Teletubby" Byrne. Fair enough - band fans often think that, but you need reminding that one person's godlike is another's sucko-barfo. As ever, this is the bleedin' obvious, but plainly it needs to be restated at regular intervals for some folk.

"Narcissism" - ROTFL! The state of my boat race, I barely look in the mirror whilst I'm shaving for fear of breaking it.


 window wrote:

I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell everyone that they are muting the station.  Do you want a Hallmark card or something?  File this phenomenon under "narcissism."
 
I agree!  So many here have the overwhelming urge to show how "hipply discerning" they are by being negatively critical ... it's easy to be critical ... any ass can do it.

 MiracleDrug wrote:


there man... {#Dancingbanana_2}

UP! 

 



 fredriley wrote:
Hey, it's David "Teletubby" Byrne again. Eh-oh, eh-oh. Mute and back in 5.
 
I'll never understand why people feel compelled to tell everyone that they are muting the station.  Do you want a Hallmark card or something?  File this phenomenon under "narcissism."
Made labs in bio2 less boring.

It pulled me up out of the gaseous cloud from the 20 yr old pickle juice the cat fetus was stored in
Hey, it's David "Teletubby" Byrne again. Eh-oh, eh-oh. Mute and back in 5.
 Stingray wrote:
NIGHTMARE!!!

{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
 
And you call yourself a "trained journalist"?  Feh.  I've read better writing on brick walls and bathroom stalls. Still, sometimes you're amusing, so I guess you can live another day. {#Roflol}


 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Let's pogo!
 

there man... {#Dancingbanana_2}
So fresh and original when it first came out. Reminds me of how unoriginal Vampire Weekend is.
 aflanigan wrote:
I like early Talking Heads.  Saw them at Clark University in Worcester, MA 1979.  David Byrne was very energetical, and sweated a lot, almost from the start of the show.
 
Saw him in 2009.  He still is (very energetical) and still does (sweat a lot).
I recall this song from their innovative debut album released in the fall of 77.  The TH's energy and edge was buck-wild and innovative within the 70's musical landscape.  Now it tastes more like a fun new bubblegum flavor.  Good times {#Jump}
You have to have been there to understand just how different, and wild and crazy and smart, this first TH album was in 1977.

I was there.  It was.  I will always love this song.
 kaybee wrote:

But even though this piece is "typical" TH, loud crashy guitars and David Byrne sounding like a goofball, I like it very much.  It's very upbeat, silly fun.

 
{#Clap}  Thank you for articulating what I was thinking, far better than I could have done! {#Dancingbanana}
NIGHTMARE!!!

{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
{#Puke}
Where are those Ones?!!!
 Huey wrote:
I like TH ...but this sucks. 2.
 
Ditto

 Huey wrote:
I like TH ...but this sucks. 2.
 
And I'm the opposite!  Most Talking Heads I don't like - except Take Me to the River and the whole Remain in Light album. But even though this piece is "typical" TH, loud crashy guitars and David Byrne sounding like a goofball, I like it very much.  It's very upbeat, silly fun.

I like TH ...but this sucks. 2.
I heard somebody say this was dedicated to all the haters...I don't know if that's true or I'm just trying to start trouble...
 Optimisc wrote:
A lot of T. Heads, uh?
 
Far too much !
Get pulled up.
 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Let's pogo!
 
OK. *pogo, pogo, pogo. . . * (while waving goodbye to Fred)


"Oh-oh-oh" - uh-oh <mute>
Original off Talking Heads "77 was my among my first exposures to these guys — at the Max's Kansas City Jukebox in NYC
Let's pogo!
a double live album originally released in 1982. For those who don't like the empty space instead of release date.
 More_Cowbell wrote:
Fun with capital Fu
 
11

Quite interesting.
I like early Talking Heads.  Saw them at Clark University in Worcester, MA 1979.  David Byrne was very energetical, and sweated a lot, almost from the start of the show.
Fun with capital Fu
kind of a tough morning, all told
A lot of T. Heads, uh?

{#Puke} No Likey!
I am not a bit TH hater like many here, but this one is not too good.{#No}
To much Heads is not good for me!
 mcYammer wrote:
pull up your dirty trousers and march off this site, HATERS.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Are you a professional musician? Shaddup.
 
Uh-huh. So only criticism from musicians is allowed on this board, and the rest of us have to post adulation or STFU? Oh dear, that'll make for a dull old BBS, and no mistake.

It's a discussion board. People discuss things on it. They post their feelings on it. Get used to it. If you don't like  to see St David being criticised, don't read the board. But don't tell posters to "shaddup".

It's songs like this that make me think that David Byrne is the inspiration for Too Much Coffee Man.{#Bananajam}
pogo baby, pogo.
Did anyone in the studio actually play back and listen to these vocals after they recorded them?
Hammer nails into my eyeballs!!!  {#Frustrated}
 junebaby65 wrote:

Not to sound too clueless, but what does OMFUG stand for?
 
That's not clueless. Clueless is asking the crazy-haired guy taking tickets at the door what it stands for.
 


Love it.  Stripped down honesty was just what I needed when TH came into my life.  Pull me up!! 
 rtwingo wrote:
This is absolutely horrific. The Vocals anyway, the music is fine, in a light-pop kind of way.

 
rtwingo is right IMO.  And here I thought I was the king of acquired tastes.

 jenakle wrote:
Psycho Killer
ba ba baaa   ba ba ba ba ba baa baaaa
 
Fond memories. Go see his movies!
pull up your dirty trousers and march off this site, HATERS.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Are you a professional musician? Shaddup.
{#Dancingbanana_2}   yeah, baby!      Lovin' that bass

 DaveInVA wrote:
{#Puke}
 
Right you are.
I'm in the "David Byrne is talented" camp...
As a sideline ...enough with the "meh"...
 DaveInVA wrote:
PLEASE Bill!
Enough already with all the Talking Heads/David Byrne crap! Enough to ruin anyones morning....
 
As long as it ruins your morning in the ruins.

meh.  LOVE the THs, but this is not one of their better efforts.
{#Puke}
I'm UP!  9!

 That_SOB wrote:

 DB's music is like Kim Chi  - - -Some folks love it, some folks develop a taste for it,  and some never do.

 
Like DB, kimchee had me at hello.