Talking Heads Harmonies?

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BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2545
Can anyone work out the 3 part harmony on the intro to Road to Nowhere? I'm quite good at transcribing Guitar parts, but this has me stumped as it's multiple parts overlapping.

My band are going to cover it and we want to do a decent reproduction of the intro. If I had to have a guess, it sounds like D.B and T.W are singing the same melody, (the one that everyone hears), and then there is another member singing the harmony.

I'm probably wrong though.

Thanks for any help.



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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3365
    edited April 26
    Er, it's more than three parts. 

    https://www.mixonline.com/recording/classic-tracks-talking-heads-road-nowhere-366112

    The important sentence is way down the page. "The lush vocal sound at the top and at the end was created by Thorngren by doubling harmonies sung by Frantz, Weymouth and Harrison, augmented with a few New York jingle singers he knew."


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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 1800
    No help at all, but one of my favourite songs (and bands) of all time. 

    Zydeco songs about ?what ?the apocalypse are where it's at. Hope you nail it: would love to see your interpretation.
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2545
    Thanks and it would appear to be quite a task, then! We are just going to have to do the best job with the vocals we have.

    I had a bit of a Brainwave, which is rare for me :) I've been working out and then playing the lead melody in chord form (triads). So I expect one person each can take one note from the chord? I don't know how well I'm explaining it, but the other notes in the chord are the harmonies or can be used as them?
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  • vizviz Frets: 5011
    edited April 28
    Thanks and it would appear to be quite a task, then! We are just going to have to do the best job with the vocals we have.

    I had a bit of a Brainwave, which is rare for me I've been working out and then playing the lead melody in chord form (triads). So I expect one person each can take one note from the chord? I don't know how well I'm explaining it, but the other notes in the chord are the harmonies or can be used as them?
    That’s basically it!
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