David Byrne

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Farms and in castles, in homes, studies, and cloisters—where sensible people manage to live relatively lusty and decent lives, as moral as they must be, as free as they may be, and as masterly as they can be. If we only knew it, this elusive arrangement is happiness.
Erik H. Erikson
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David Byrne (born May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a musician, best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of Talking Heads.


  • From his film True Stories:
    • I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.
    • I have something to say about the difference between American and European cities, but I forgot what it was. I have it written down at home somewhere.
  • In the self-interview on Stop Making Sense:
    • The better the singer's voice is, the harder it is to believe what they're saying. So I turn my weaknesses into strengths.
    • I try to write about small things. Paper, animals, a house…love is kind of big. I have written a love song, though. In this film, I sing it to a lamp.
    • Interviewer: If I gave you fifty dollars, right now, what would you do with it? David Byrne: I would get something to eat.
    • I'll tell you later.
    • It's like 60 Minutes on acid.
  • On the music of Talking Heads, from Channel 4's The 100 Greatest Albums:
    • It's not music you would use to get a girl into bed. If anything, you're going to frighten her off.


  • (On why he hates the term "world music"): It's a way of relegating this 'thing' into the realm of something exotic and therefore cute, weird but safe, because exotica is beautiful but irrelevant.
  • To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
  • There is a finite number of jokes in the universe.
  • Nuclear weapons could destroy all life on earth, if used properly.