Talking Heads

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American Utopia review – David Byrne and Spike Lee burn down the house
This ambitious concert film mixes politics, Talking Heads hits and Lee’s inimitable style to winning effect

Simran Hans

19, Dec, 2020 @3:00 PM

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David Byrne: 'Spike Lee and I have a lot in common'
The former Talking Heads frontman on the importance of performance, covering Janelle Monáe, and his hope for the American experiment

Sean O’Hagan

13, Dec, 2020 @9:30 AM

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David Byrne's lockdown despair: 'I'd wake up and ask – What am I doing today and why?'
The Talking Heads frontman has taken up drawing to get him through the pandemic – and face down his fears. He talks us through his favourites, from Nature Man to Balanced Life

Tim Jonze

14, Oct, 2020 @3:07 PM

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David Byrne apologizes for donning blackface in 1984 video
Talking Heads frontman sorry for ‘a lack of real understanding’ over video from the Stop Making Sense concert film

Adrian Horton

01, Sep, 2020 @5:39 PM

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Chris Frantz: 'If you knew David Byrne, you would not be jealous of him'
The ex-Talking Heads drummer talks about his revealing new book Remain in Love and a contentious relationship with the band’s frontman

Jim Farber

21, Jul, 2020 @7:15 AM

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Remain in Love by Chris Frantz review – once in a lifetime with Talking Heads
The band’s drummer describes his glory years with the post-punk art-rockers, his bass-playing wife, Tina, and the enigma that is David Byrne

Andrew Martin

19, Jul, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club and Tina by Chris Frantz review
The trouble with David Byrne ... A revealing inside account of the highs and lows of a band who looked and sounded like nobody else

Olivia Laing

15, Jul, 2020 @6:30 AM

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From the Band to Beyoncé: concert films to fill the live music black hole
Ahead of what would have been Glastonbury weekend, we pick the documentaries that best recreate the magic of gigs and festivals

Dorian Lynskey

21, Jun, 2020 @7:00 AM

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'Punk never dies': celebrating the revolutionary art of an era
In a new exhibition, the integral work of designers within punk music is placed on centre stage, from badges to posters to album covers

Nadja Sayej

25, Apr, 2019 @3:19 PM

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David Byrne: ‘My agent says I’m having a Leonard Cohen moment’
Milan’s most chi-chi restaurant is shut on Monday lunchtimes – unless you’re very special. Observer Food Monthly spends an afternoon in Byrne’s world

Tim Lewis

20, Oct, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Siren Song by Seymour Stein review – memories of Talking Heads, Madonna and the Ramones
‘America’s greatest living record man’, who also brought the Smiths to the US, recalls hard living and spotting the right song

Richard Williams

18, Aug, 2018 @6:30 AM

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Seymour Stein, the man who signed Madonna: 'My ears got me through'
His Sire label gave careers to Madonna, Talking Heads and the Ramones, while he was stuck in the closet and a tumultuous marriage. ‘Who’s to say what’s normal?’ he wonders

Michael Hann

01, Aug, 2018 @9:00 AM

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