The Tuesday Tune: “Once in a Lifetime,” by Talking Heads

Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. Their first album Talking Heads: 77 was released in 1977; their eighth and last, Naked, in 1988.

It was with their second album, 1978’s More Songs About Buildings and Food that the band began its long-term collaboration with producer Brian Eno, who had previously worked with Roxy Music, David Bowie and Robert Fripp.

The cover of Al Green’s Take Me To The River was the song that brought Talking Heads to the public consciousness.

However, for me, it was the Jonathon Demme documentary Stop Making Sense that made me like them. I remember seeing the movie on a cold afternoon in Dublin in 1984. For two hours I was transfixed by Byrne’s lunatic stage presence, the versatility of the band itself, and I couldn’t help but get caught up with the majesty of their music.

This is the highlight of the live performance for me. Isn’t Byrne nuts?

4 responses to “The Tuesday Tune: “Once in a Lifetime,” by Talking Heads

  1. He reminds me of a poet at an Open Mic night.

  2. These guys are truly amazing… however, I find myself saying, “this is not my favorite song of theirs”.

    Instead, I like their studio version of “Take Me to the Water”.

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