On the balmy night of December 6, 1977, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein stood outside of CBGB’s chatting with Patti Smith Group’s guitarist, Lenny Kaye, when he heard the opening chords of a tune that absolutely “riveted” him. Stein quickly shuffled inside to check out The Ramones’ opening act, a then unknown band that referred to themselves as Talking Heads. Thanks to the restoration magicians over at NPR, the endearingly sloppy, acoustically driven performance of “Psycho Killer” that was captured on film that night was released last week to promote the band’s new music documentary, Chronology.
If you listen closely, you just might hear the click of a ballpoint pen as Stein feverishly scrawled out a draft of the contract that welcomed
Talking Heads to Sire Records.
Video Source: NPR