Dance Beats That Defined ’80s New Wave

“Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads

David Byrne’s eccentric or perhaps slightly disturbed stage persona may have overshadowed the rest of the band a bit, but drummer Chris Frantz and studio percussionists David Van Tiegham, Steve Scales, and Raphael DeJesus all contributed greatly to the Heads’ 1983 album, Speaking In Tongues. The song “Burning Down The House” was their biggest hit to date and featured a relatively simple drum groove with overdubbed tom fills that made the track quite memorable.

Drum Notation

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