Uh-Oh (David Byrne album)

Uh-Oh is a studio album by David Byrne, released in 1992.[9][10] It was Byrne's first solo album after the confirmed dissolution of Talking Heads.[11]

Uh-Oh
Uh-Oh (Davivd Byrne album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)
RecordedApril 1991–October 1991
GenreArt rock, alternative rock, worldbeat
Length52:47
LabelLuaka Bop/Warner Bros.[1]
ProducerNick Launay
David Byrne chronology
The Forest
(1991)
Uh-Oh
(1992)
David Byrne
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(dud)[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[5]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[8]

The album peaked at No. 125 on the Billboard 200.[12] The single "She's Mad" reached No. 3 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart.[13]

ProductionEdit

The album was produced by Nick Launay.[14] The cover portrays angels gathered around a cartoon dog (god spelled backward).[15]

Critical receptionEdit

The New York Times wrote that "Byrne has finally figured out how to make the wacky Pan-American dance album he's been after since the mid-1980's."[16] The Guardian deemed Uh-Oh "the most Talking-Heads-esque of Byrne’s solo albums, albeit with a Latin-American influence."[17] The Washington Post thought that Byrne's "yelps, which range from intentionally comic to comically arty, rarely dominate their rhythmically dense, albeit melodically bland, settings."[18] The Orlando Sentinel wrote that the "Afro-Brazilian influences are more fully integrated now than on 1989's Rei Momo."[19]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by David Byrne; except where indicated

  1. "Now I'm Your Mom" – 4:43 (Byrne, Angel Fernandez)
  2. "Girls on My Mind" – 3:52
  3. "Something Ain't Right" – 3:37 (Byrne, Terry Allen)
  4. "She's Mad" – 5:20
  5. "Hanging Upside Down" – 4:31 (Byrne, Fernandez)
  6. "A Walk in the Dark" – 4:21
  7. "Twistin' in the Wind" – 4:14
  8. "The Cowboy Mambo (Hey Lookit Me Now)" – 3:37
  9. "Monkey Man" – 4:07
  10. "A Million Miles Away" – 4:24
  11. "Tiny Town" – 5:03 (Byrne, Fernandez)
  12. "Somebody" – 4:59

PersonnelEdit

  • David Byrne – Vocals and guitar
  • Nona Hendryx – Background vocals
  • Dolette McDonald – Background vocals
  • Joyce Bowden - Background vocals
  • George Porter, Jr. – Bass guitar
  • Angel Fernandez – Trumpet
  • Tom Zé – Percussion instruments
  • Arranged By – Angel Fernandez (tracks: 6, 11, 12), David Byrne (tracks: 6, 11, 12)
  • Arranged By [Horns, Woodwinds & Strings], Conductor [Horns, Woodwinds & Strings] – Angel Fernandez (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 12)
  • Artwork [Drawings] – Mr. Chick, Scott Stowell
  • Backing Vocals – Billy Cliff (tracks: 3, 7, 12), Dolette McDonald (tracks: 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 12), John James (5) (tracks: 3, 7, 12), Joyce L. Bowden (tracks: 1, 9, 10), Nicky Holland (tracks: 4, 8, 11), Nona Hendryx (tracks: 3, 7, 12)
  • Bata – Milton Cardona (tracks: 4)
  • Bongos, Percussion [Blocks], Bells [Bell], Agogô [Ago-go], Tamborim, Surdo [Surdu] – Café
  • Clarinet [Bass] – Ronnie Cuber (tracks: 1, 6, 11)
  • Congas, Maracas, Triangle, Percussion [Tambora] – Hector Rosado
  • Drums, Timbales, Cowbell, Percussion [Woodblock], Surdo [Surdu], Bells [Bell], Shaker [Shakere] – Oscar Salas
  • Flugelhorn – Angel Fernandez (tracks: 1, 11)
  • Flute, Clarinet – Steve Sacks (tracks: 1, 11)
  • French Horn – Fred Griffen (tracks: 1, 11), John Clark (2) (tracks: 1, 11)
  • Oboe – Melanie Feld (tracks: 1, 11)
  • Saxophone [Alto] – Dick Oatts (tracks: 3, 9, 12), Steve Sacks (tracks: 3, 5, 8)
  • Saxophone [Baritone] – Ronnie Cuber (tracks: 5, 8, 9, 12)
  • Saxophone [Tenor] – Ken Hitchcock (tracks: 9, 12), Lawrence Feldman (tracks: 5, 8)
  • Synthesizer, Clavinet, Vibraphone [Vibes] – Ashley Cadell
  • Trombone – Christopher Washburne (tracks: 5, 8, 9, 12), Gerald Chamberlain (tracks: 4, 12)
  • Trombone [Tenor] – Christopher Washburne (tracks: 3, 11)
  • Trumpet – Ite Jerez* (tracks: 4, 5, 8, 9, 12), Angel Fernandez (tracks: 4, 5, 8, 9, 12), Charlie Sepulveda (tracks: 3, 11), Joe Shepley (tracks: 3, 4, 9, 12)
  • Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Effects [Prepared Pens], Whistle – David Byrne
  • Written-By – Angel Fernandez (tracks: 1, 5, 11), David Byrne, Terry Allen (tracks: 3)
  • Engineer [Assistant At Electric Lady] – Michael White
  • Engineer [Assistant At Platinum Island] – Axel Niehaus
  • Engineer [Assistant At Power Station] – Dan Gellart
  • Engineer [Assistant At Sigma Sound] – Brian Kinkead, Michael Scalcione
  • Engineer [Assistant At The Hit Factory] – Michael Gilbert
  • Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
  • Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Nick Launay
  • Painting [Cover Painting] – Brian Dewan
  • Photography By [Band Photos] – David Byrne
  • Photography By [David Byrne Photo] – Chris Nofzinger

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide 1991 Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. CD 26799
Cassette tape 4-26799
1992 CD 926799
26799
1995 7599 26799

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: David Byrne". www.robertchristgau.com.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Caro, Mark. "David ByrneUh-Oh (Luaka Bop/Warner) (STAR)(STAR)Perhaps the turning..." chicagotribune.com.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 2: MUZE. p. 107.CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ "Uh-Oh". EW.com.
  6. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 186.
  7. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 102–103.
  8. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. pp. 394–395.
  9. ^ "David Byrne | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  10. ^ Moskowitz, David V. (November 10, 2015). "The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World [2 volumes]: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World". ABC-CLIO – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Buckley, Peter (March 18, 2003). "The Rough Guide to Rock". Rough Guides – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "David Byrne". Billboard.
  13. ^ "David Byrne". Billboard.
  14. ^ Thompson, Dave (March 18, 2000). "Alternative Rock". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  15. ^ Partridge, Christopher (March 18, 2014). "The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred, and the Profane". OUP USA – via Google Books.
  16. ^ Pareles, Jon (March 22, 1992). "RECORDINGS VIEW; David Byrne Finds a Groove Closer to Home" – via NYTimes.com.
  17. ^ "David Byrne – (almost) all of his albums ranked!". the Guardian. June 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Jenkins, Mark (March 1, 1992). "POP RECORDINGS" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  19. ^ Gettelman, Parry. "DAVID BYRNE". OrlandoSentinel.com.