Though the Talking Heads was one of the more popular bands in the late-1970s and 1980s, the group still managed to be one of the more critically-revered acts of its generation. Tentatively formed in 1974 by three graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, guitarist/vocalist David Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth (girlfriend of Frantz's who learned to play the bass after a suitable one couldn't be found), the group lived and wrote songs in a shared housing/studio space in New York City during its early years. The group played its first official show opening up for The Ramones at the legendary club CBGB on June 20th, 1975. After gigging around New York for a while, it built a solid reputation for itself and eventually added guitarist/keyboardist Jerry Harrison, a former member of The Modern Lovers, to its lineup. The band was courted by a few labels during this time and ultimately decided to sign with Sire Records in 1977 and release its debut album, Talking Heads: 77, in the same year. The LP made many music connoisseurs take notice of the interesting group for its ability to blend art rock, punk, Americana and world music genres to create a style of music that was wholly original. One individual who took interest in the band was the prolific English musician and producer Brian Eno, who would go on to work on and produce the next three Talking Heads albums. Though the band's sound does oftentimes dabble into avant-garde territory, it was always able to appeal to mainstream audiences as well, helping it become one of the best-selling groups of its time. The band released its final album, Naked, in 1988 and after group tensions forced Byrne to leave, the Talking Heads officially disbanded in 1991.