Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz spoke with us about his new memoir 'Remain in Love' and why fans shouldn't expect to see a reunion tour. He has quite a few reasons to beat up on the lead singer. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne took the band off the road right at its commercial peak in , broke it up seven years later, and has refused all offers to reunite in the intervening years, with the sole exception of a three-song set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Frantz called up Rolling Stone to talk about the book, the state of his relationship with David Byrne, the slim odds of a Talking Heads reunion, and his future plans. I really enjoyed your book. When did you get the idea to write it? Then about six or eight years ago, I started talking about it with Tina and other friends. They started prodding me. With the help of my manager, I got a literary agent. You have to write an outline and three chapters.
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Oxford New Theatre Barefoot and besuited, the Talking Heads frontman delivers an entrancing show of often extraordinary music. But watching Byrne and his piece backing band barefoot and besuited, you have to concede he also has a point. The show is incredibly ambitious. The musicians — who Byrne is keen to emphasise are playing everything live, without the aid of backing tracks — are in constant motion on a bare stage, no amplifiers or drum risers: the percussionists perform with their instruments around their necks, like a samba band, as does the keyboard player, which makes him look a little like a cinema ice-cream vendor. The jarring musical shifts of I Dance Like This, a song quite annoying on record, are brilliantly played up: strobes flare, the dance routine continues unabated during one lengthy silence, the effect charming rather than infuriating. But for all the clever staging, it ends with something basic and powerful. Box office:
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The lead single from Talking Heads' fourth studio album, Remain in Light , it was released on February 2, , through Sire Records. David Byrne 's lyrics and vocals were inspired by preachers delivering sermons. The music video, co-directed by Toni Basil , has Byrne dancing erratically over footage of religious rituals. A live version, taken from the concert film Stop Making Sense , charted in on the Billboard Hot NPR named "Once in a Lifetime" one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. Like other songs on Remain in Light , Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno developed "Once in a Lifetime" by recording jams , isolating the best parts, and learning to play them repetitively.