You've got to love a band that, when they first hit the scene, no one knew how to describe their music. The whole state of rock criticism at that time was pretty primitive. Just what were these guys up to, anyway?
Maybe it was just "Talking Heads music." Most music is totally derivative. Talking Heads were way out there, on the outside edge. I, and some of my friends, found the whole thing invigorating.
Of course David Byrne went on to break a lot of new ground, and he and his fellows made a good living at it. It's one of the weirdest success stories in pop music.