14 May 2023
DAVID BYRNE was born in Dumbarton
in Scotland today on 14 May 1952.
Two years after his birth he moved with his parents to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
When he was 8/9 years old the family traveled to the US to go and live in Arbutus, Maryland.
He’s of course, most famous as the singer/songwriter and face of legendary band
Talking Heads (1975–1991). Afterward, he went solo and has released so far 10
albums solo including 3 collaborative LPs (2 with Brian Eno and 1 with St. Vincent).
Run, run away…
David Byrne is not a loner anymore.
DAVID BYRNE: Instagram
Band: TALKING HEADS
Song: BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
More than 95 million streams on Spotify
Album: Speaking In Tongues – 1985
TALKING HEADS: Bio – Discography
Former drummer Chris Frantz and bass player (his wife) Tina Weymouth
just announced three live conversations in the UK next year.
Frantz reacted very annoyed versus Bob Dylan last weekend who writes in his upcoming book that Elvis Costello & The Attractions was so much better than his peers back in the 70s.
Frantz addressed Dylan: “I understand you dig Elvis Costello, but did you have to put it that way? There were so many good bands then, and I spent many nights at CBGB and saw a lot of superior performances. How can you make such a sweeping generalisation? I think it’s a very good book – despite that one chapter. With all due respect to the Attractions and to drummer Pete Thomas in particular, I’d like to say to Bob something he once said to a buddy of mine.‘Suck a dick.’”
Great concert posters of the past
UK Tour 1977
Great concert posters from the past
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
14 January 1978
As Ray Davies sang “Where have all the good times gone”?
– TALKING HEADS –
– XTC –
Works faster than caffeine
‘Life During Wartime‘ by TALKING HEADS
This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
This ain’t no fooling around
This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.,
I ain’t got time for that now
Los Angeles – 1983
Back in time
24 March 2022
Between 1978 and 1982 New York’s new wave icons TALKING HEADS released their four best albums of their triumphant career with Talking Heads: 77 (1977), More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979) and Remain in Light (1980).
They followed this 4 in a row top scores with a double live LP in 1982, titled THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS TALKING HEADS (David Byrne used to open concerts with this introduction line, and he also announced songs as ‘The name of this song is….’)
It captures their early live edge of 1977/1979 and their expanded ten-piece lineup
sound of 1980/1981 brilliantly. From minimum to maximum. From punky sublime
to funky sublime. Yes, a once-in-a-lifetime band!
All psycho killers right here…
TALKING HEADS: Story – All Albums
2 March 2022
Boston’s DIY indie duo THE DEREVOLUTIONS loves Talking Heads and hates, as we all do, inhuman and devastating wartimes. Countless anti-war songs were written in history and will still be written as long as war-and-power-greedy lunatics rule the world. To hell with them.
The pair’s take on Life During Wartime is a feverish, jittery
and nerve-wracking nail-biter. Spot-on version!
Love to the Ukraine people. Love to peace. Love to love.
“Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons, Packed up and ready to go”
“The sound of gunfire, off in the distance, I’m getting used to it now”
“This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, This ain’t no fooling around”
“But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones, Ain’t got no records to play”
THE DEREVOLUTIONS: Facebook
7 February 2022
Yesterday the 85-year old Chicago blues/soul musician SYL JOHNSON
passed away (only six days after his older brother died.)
Family statement: “It is with extreme sadness that our family announces the passing
of Soul & Blues Hall of Fame Legend, Syl Johnson (born Sylvester Thompson). Dad, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Friend & Artist, he lived his life as a singer, musician, and entrepreneur who loved black music.”
Syl was born in 1936 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He had a fantastic career with
countless LPs and several hit singles with funky groove TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
written by Al Green and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges as his biggest triumph in 1975.
Talking Heads‘ chief David Byrne spotted the song immediately upon its release
and decided to record it and put it on the band’s second LP More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978). So many people had no clue that it was a cover as it sounded like it was written by Talking Heads themselves.
The three versions…
– TALKING HEADS –
(Splendid live version)
– SYL JOHNSON –
– AL GREEN –
SYL JOHNSON: Story
Mouth and (talking) head mask, all in one…