Talking Heads – And She Was

Talking Heads – And She Was

Talking Heads - And She Was

Talking Heads were a band of smart, self-conscious white musicians intrigued by the rhythms and spirit of black music. They drew on funk, classical minimalism, and African rock to create some of the most adventurous, original, and danceable music to emerge from new wave — a movement Talking Heads outlasted and transcended in their accomplishment and influence.

David Byrne and Chris Frantz met at the Rhode Island School of Design, where they were part of a quintet called, variously, the Artistics and the Autistics. With Tina Weymouth, Frantz’s girlfriend, they shared an apartment in New York and formed Talking Heads as a trio in 1975; they played their first shows at CBGB that June. Their music was never conventional punk rock; it was more delicate and contrapuntal, and their early sets included covers of the Sixties bubblegum group the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Jerry Harrison, a Harvard alumnus who had been a Modern Lover with Jonathan Richman until 1974 and had also backed singer/songwriter Elliott Murphy, completed the band in 1977.

Talking Heads toured Europe with the Ramones before recording their first album, which included “Psycho Killer,” a tightly wound curiosity (and killer song) that Byrne delivered in wild-eyed yelp. The album reached the Top 100, and every subsequent album reached the U.S. Top 40. Read more…

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Talking Dogs – Dont Tease Your Dog

Talking Dogs – Dont Tease Your Dog

Talking Dogs - Dont Tease Your Dog

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How to Train a Dog to Speak

Short, positive training sessions will serve best when you teach your dog to obey various commands. Some examples of commands are “sit,” “stay” and “speak.” The “speak” command teaches a dog to bark once or twice in response to your verbal cue. Training not only provides mental stimulation for your dog but gives you more control over his behavior. You can combine commands to teach more complicated tricks or tasks, such as “quiet” or “hush” for noisy dogs, after they first understand the command to speak. Use reward-based clicker-training techniques to train your dog to vocalize on your command.

Train your dog to associate the sound of a clicker to a reward, using a dog treat. In short, 5- to 10-minute sessions each day, click a training device and give your dog a treat. Wait a minute or so between each click and treat. Continue this training until your dog expects a reward after hearing a click.


Say the verbal cue, “speak,” then trigger your dog to bark by waving a favorite toy in front of the dog’s face but not allowing him to obtain it. Other ways to trigger your dog to bark is by knocking on a wall or door, or by withholding a treat from the dog. Once the dog barks, click the device and give your dog a treat.


Train your dog for five to 10 minutes with the clicker and treats each day until he responds to the verbal command to speak by giving you at least one bark without your having to provoke him to bark with anything other than the verbal “speak” command.


Teach your dog the “quiet” command to limit the amount of time your dog barks after being given the “speak” command. This further specifies the “speak” command to just a couple barks instead of constant barking for a longer amount of time. Give the dog the command to “speak” triggering him to bark, but don’t treat him. Say “quiet” and wait until he is quiet for a few seconds before clicking and treating him. Continue this training giving the commands “speak” and “quiet” during each training session.