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For the Love of Music: TCK David Byrne of the Talking Heads

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Music has a huge impact on how humans view the world. In part two of three in the “For the Love of Music” series we will be discussing David Bryne of the Talking Heads. If you have not read the first part you can read it here.

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David Bryne is the guitarist and lead singer of the Talking Heads; a alternative pop band from the 80s. The Talking Heads have released multiple albums starting in 1977 and leading into the late 90s. They are considered to be one of the best bands of the 80s and have influenced numerous artists.

“It’s ‘not really a new thing’ for bands to be influenced by Talking Heads,” reads a National Post article, “as their former drummer, Chris Frantz, notes: He cites U2, who opened for them and used their producer, Brian Eno; Radiohead, who derived their name from a Heads song; and later R.E.M.”

Bryne is also a TCK. He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, on May 14, 1952. He moved to Canada at the age of two, and then moved to Baltimore, Maryland at age eight.

Bryne formed his first band in 1970; the Artistics. In 1974, Byrne moved to New York to form the Talking Heads.

In 1977 The Talking Heads released their first album, The Talking Heads ’77.  They then came out with their second album in 1978, More Songs About Buildings and Food. In 1980 The Talking Heads came out with their most critically acclaimed album, Remain in Light.

Remain in Light used innovative methods of recording and sampling that had never been seen before. The album blended synth pop, afrobeat, and post punk to give the listener a global listening experience.

The Talking Heads went on to record one of their live performances entitled Stop Making Sense.

“I don’t think it’s possible to make something as good as Stop Making Sense,” said Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. 

David Byrne successfully uses his experience as TCK to make fantastic multicultural music. His influence is broad and undisputed. He has proven to be a genius in music and in multiculturalism.

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1 comment

  1. This article is really fun to read. I liked it a lot because I didn’t know what band this is or who this singer was, but it really puts into perspective an interesting points about it. The only thing I’d say that bothers me is the title doesn’t have the Part 1 out of 3 so it’s hard to know it’s a series when I first opened it.

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