On June 5th, 1975, Talking Heads played their first show, beginning a four-night stand opening for the Ramones at New York’s CBGB. They performed “Psycho Killer” which was written before they were a band. The original three members of Talking Heads — David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth — met in college at the Rhode Island School of Design and started writing songs together even before they formed their first band, The Artistics. Weymouth recalls “Psycho Killer” being one of them.
“That song was written before we ever had a band, when we were in school. So to us it means something about our past when we were sort of young prototypical punks back in art school and we wanted to do something good and yet thumb our nose at the same time — classic structure, but weird vocals.”