"Houses in Motion" is the second and final single from Remain in Light, the fourth studio album from American new waveband Talking Heads. An alternate mix of the song was released in vinyl form on 5 May 1981 and peaked at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]


 [hide*1 Recording and style

Recording and style[edit]Edit

Talking Heads frontman and chief lyricist David Byrne remixed the song created with Remain in Light producer Brian Enoat Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas in the summer of 1980. "Houses in Motion" features brass performances by Jon Hassell.[2] The B-side "Air" is from the band's third studio album Fear of Music. The cover artwork is by designer Thomi Wroblewski.

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Houses in Motion" – 4:33
  2. "Air" – 3:34
  • The 12" version included an extra live version of "Houses of Motion".

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1981) Peak


Irish Singles Chart 26
UK Singles Chart[3] 50


A faster paced version of the track performed by Helen White was featured in the Plunkett & Macleane soundtrack (scored by Craig Armstrong).

Phish covered Houses in Motion at the Omni Coliseum during their 1996 Halloween show. At this show they played the entire Remain in Light album for their second set.

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