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Open & Close (1973)

Fela Kuti's 1973 Afrobeat formed the template for Once in a Lifetime early in the recording and writing process.

Fear of Music (1979)

The predecessor to Remain in Light, Fear of Music represents the move of Talking Heads to the funk and African influences that would define their next releases.

Remain in Light (1980)

Eno and Talking Heads reinvented their musical process for this album—which includes "Once in a Lifetime"—and centered their sound on hip-hop style looping and African polyrhythms.

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