Wild City Songs #1: Talking Heads – (Nothing But) Flowers

The video certainly hasn’t aged well, but this 1988 ode to buildings, highways and shopping malls (taken from the album Naked) is as catchy as ever, and captures many of the band’s big themes. Instead of seeing tarmac and urbanisation as a bad thing (think Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi) David Byrne’s knowing lyrics lament the fact that nature has taken over, and pine for the days of billboards, parking lots and discount stores. A song for every city dweller who longs for the countryside, then finds they miss the metropolis.

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