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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Jan 16, 2021.
Probably two of the most mainstream/obvious, but I think Once In A Lifetime just edges out Psycho Killer for me.
I don't have one.....I mean JUST one.....and my favorites change quite a bit....
But, Burning Down the House, Girlfriend is Better and Life During Wartime are three that are generally up near the top.....and I'll be the first to admit I don't know a lot of the "deep cuts" from their material.
When I was in college back in the mid-late 80's, I had a class called "Great Ideas"....which was sort of a philosophy/literature class....we read things like The Bible (New and Old testaments), The Odyssey, The Stranger, Faust, etc etc etc....
Anyway, the professor I had for that course was a HUGE fan of David Byrne and The Talking Heads and integrated a lot of Byrne's lyrics into the class....
It's a shame I took that course when I was 18......I'd have appreciated it MUCH more now. Back then, I was more interested in girls and booze and having fun.....
I Zimbra. Life during wartime.
Same here, plus Road to Nowhere.
And I got a thing for:
i zimbra. road to nowhere. psycho killer. sax and violins. life during wartime.
but really? whatever song of theirs is on.
How can I pick just one... Almost certainly something from
More Songs about Buildings and Food , Fear Of Music.
I've hardly ever listened to 77, having bought it sometime in the last 10 years. So maybe my favourite track is on that one. I must give it a spin and some listening time.
I could get lost in Little Creatures too.
There are gaps to fill...
I wasn't a big fan but some of their hits were enjoyable. Take Me To the River probably at the top of the list.
I bought the More Songs About Buildings and Food LP because of Take Me to the River. I had Al Green’s original rendition on a 7” 45rpm.
I believe that was when Talking Heads displaced my Steely Dan obsession.
I heard/saw them at the University of Minnesota’s Northrup Auditorium between Speaking in Tongues and Stop Making Sense. my brother had gone to the Dayton’s Ticketmaster office in St. Paul the morning tickets were on sale, and got front row seats on the floor. Very loud and non stop energy. I recall turning around and looking at the balcony and it was packed and visibly oscillating with dancing people.
I have gone to listen to David Byrne several times over the years. Never have been disappointed.
Anyone see the McDormant/Penn film, This Must Be the Place? Interesting film with a part where David Byrne plays himself with a concert scene with him doing Naive Melody. There’s a few other renditions of the song throughout the soundtrack.
I Zimbra may be the only one I like, but I like it a lot.
The Great Curve and Crosseyed and Painless rank pretty high on my list, but that whole Remain In Light album is just perfect. Don't Worry About the Government is an early favorite.
I was a huge Talking Heads fan back in the day. Still am, really. Highly recommend catching Byrne's American Utopia film if you want a very enjoyable stroll down that road again.
Thing fall apart... it’s scientific...
He is a strange man to understand for sure. I dont know the details as to why he wont play with the original lineup. That irks me a bit. However, stop makin sense was one of the best concerts i saw on tape. Wished I saw it in person. The last one that just came out on video is also superb, they are all inside the one stage in grey.
Of course I have many other TH songs I love a lot, here's a sample of some not mentioned above:
If you have HBO, check out his movie there!
Stay Hungry. The guitars sound great, the groove is deep, the production is terrific.
Despite having been a fan since, well, '77 I only found out last week that David Byrne is actually Scottish. Born in Dumbarton to Scottish parents, he didn't move to the States until he was 8. I did not know that.
I was listening to Stay Hungry just before I pulled my car into the driveway this morning!
David has also been very open about his autism. (Not likely diagnosed when he was young - people probably just thought him strange and socially awkward - but later he came to recognize neurodiverse characteristics in himself.)
(Nothing but) Flowers, is by far my favourite, but going through this thread, I'm reminded of how many other great songs they have. In Johnny Marr's (The Smiths) memoir, Set the Boy Free, he wrote about how he was brought in to play guitar on that track, couldn't come up with anything, went for a walk, then lay the guitar track down in one take. And I think that stands out as their most distinct guitar-based track:
So many, but Burning Down the House.