It was the 1980 album “Remain in Light” and the single “Once in a Lifetime” that first alerted me to the band Talking Heads and caused me to explore more about their music. The album has subsequently gone on to be acclaimed as one of the 20th centuries seminal recordings and David Byrne the lead singer has gone on to forge a solo career and to this day continues to develop new ideas and approaches to music.
My personal favourite of Byrnes work is the album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts issued in 1981 album and produced by Byrne and Brian Eno.
While it received mixed reviews upon its release, My Life is now widely regarded as a high point in the discographies of Eno and Byrne. Critic John Bush describes it as a “pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronic ambience and “third world music”. The extensive use of sampling on the album is widely considered groundbreaking—it was one of the first to do so.
Byrne continues to explore different avenues of music and curates this year’s edition of the Meltdown festival to take place in London from August 17 – August 30 2015.
So to celebrate David Byrne and the band Talking Heads I am posting a video of them live in concert doing a sensational (watch the dancing, outrageous!!!) version of “Life During Wartime” with some stunning bass playing from Tina Weymouth……………eat your hearts out One Direction!