It’s a not a radical statement to say that Bell X1 sound alarmingly like the Talking Heads. In fact had Davy Byrne not been so busy with Brian Eno recently, I would have suggested a comeback under this rather underwhelming alias.
Bell X1’s (named after the first aircraft to break the sound barrier) affection for all things Talking Heads on The Great Defector is completely overwhelming. Quirky guitars, 80 synths and esoteric lyrics are all out in force for this greedily upbeat single. Favourite line: The accountants have taken the movie, they’re on set. The people from the mobile phone company say who gets to play and gets to not. I’ll leave it up to you.