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David Byrne is on NPR’s Fresh Air to talk with host Terry Gross about Talking Heads—whose 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense is in theaters now—and his own evolution, from early musical influences to overcoming setbacks, leading him to wonder what allows people to persevere. "Why is it that people don't give up? That's a real puzzle to me," he says. "I just thought, 'No, I love this. I'm going to keep doing it myself … because I enjoy it.’ So I kept going.” You can hear it here.

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David Byrne is on the latest episode of NPR’s Fresh Air to talk with host Terry Gross on the occasion of the newly restored 40th anniversary version of the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, in theaters now. They talk about the band’s music—like finding inspiration for “Psycho Killer” in the songs of Randy Newman, Alice Cooper, and Otis Redding—and his own evolution as a performer and person, from his world-opening childhood discovery of The Byrd’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” to overcoming early setbacks. Their discussion of the latter leads him to wonder what allows people to move beyond such disappointments. "Why is it that people don't give up? That's a real puzzle to me," he says. "I just thought, 'No, I love this. I'm going to keep doing it myself … because I enjoy it.’ So I kept going.” You can hear their conversation here:

Here Lies Love, David Byrne’s musical with Fatboy Slim about the rise and fall of the Philippines’ notorious Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution, is now on Broadway; you can get tickets here. The acclaimed 2010 album Here Lies Love, performed by a dream cast drawn from the worlds of indie rock, alt country, R&B, and pop, received its first-ever vinyl release in August to coincide with the Broadway production. The double-disc song cycle includes performances by Florence Welch, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Earle, Sharon Jones, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Kate Pierson, St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, Róisín Murphy, Santigold, and Byrne himself. “Ingenious,” said the New York Times. “Insidiously infective songs.” You can get it on vinyl and hear it here.

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David Byrne: NPR's 'Fresh Air with Terry Gross,' November 2023
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023
    Listen: David Byrne on NPR's 'Fresh Air with Terry Gross'
    Jody Rogac

    David Byrne is on the latest episode of NPR’s Fresh Air to talk with host Terry Gross on the occasion of the newly restored 40th anniversary version of the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, in theaters now. They talk about the band’s music—like finding inspiration for “Psycho Killer” in the songs of Randy Newman, Alice Cooper, and Otis Redding—and his own evolution as a performer and person, from his world-opening childhood discovery of The Byrd’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” to overcoming early setbacks. Their discussion of the latter leads him to wonder what allows people to move beyond such disappointments. "Why is it that people don't give up? That's a real puzzle to me," he says. "I just thought, 'No, I love this. I'm going to keep doing it myself … because I enjoy it.’ So I kept going.” You can hear their conversation here:

    Here Lies Love, David Byrne’s musical with Fatboy Slim about the rise and fall of the Philippines’ notorious Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution, is now on Broadway; you can get tickets here. The acclaimed 2010 album Here Lies Love, performed by a dream cast drawn from the worlds of indie rock, alt country, R&B, and pop, received its first-ever vinyl release in August to coincide with the Broadway production. The double-disc song cycle includes performances by Florence Welch, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Earle, Sharon Jones, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Kate Pierson, St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, Róisín Murphy, Santigold, and Byrne himself. “Ingenious,” said the New York Times. “Insidiously infective songs.” You can get it on vinyl and hear it here.

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