David Byrne

David Byrne

by David ByrneDavid Byrne


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David Byrne took a spare, direct approach on his third song-based solo album, which lent his work an intimacy but did little to restore his commercial prospects, despite a first single, "Angels," that was a ringer for The Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime." In fact, the limited instrumentation and focus on Byrne's voice tended to create difficulties with his typically quirky lyrics -- with the words in close-up, one wanted them to make some kind of sense. But when, for example, on "Strange Ritual," Byrne delivered a series of images -- "a French corporation that doesn't make anything / an ambulance driver--wakes up in a dairy queen" -- he didn't really mean anything by them. When he noted, "saw a young Indonesian girl-- / possessed by the spirit of / mutant ninja turtles," it was just because he liked the sound of the words. In a denser musical structure, such as the mbaqanga-flavored "You & Eye," one might share his enjoyment, but on other tracks with less to offer aurally, the disturbing question "What is he talking about?" became inescapable.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/1994
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0093624555827
catalogNumber: 45558
Rank: 73382


  1. A Long Time Ago
  2. Angels
  3. Crash
  4. A Self-Made Man
  5. Back in the Box
  6. Sad Song
  7. Nothing at All
  8. My Love Is You
  9. Lilies of the Valley
  10. You & Eye
  11. Strange Ritual
  12. Buck Naked

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Byrne   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Bells,Balafon,Lap Steel Guitar
Arto Lindsay   Guitar
Mark Edwards   Drones
Bill Ware   Marimbas,Vibes
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion,Bongos,Chimes,Conga,Shaker
Mitchell Froom   Keyboards
Bebel Gilberto   Background Vocals
Sue Hadjopoulas   Percussion
Dollette McDonald   Background Vocals
John Medeski   Organ,Synthesizer,farfisa organ
Valerie Naranjo   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Shaker,talking drum
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Paul Socolow   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Todd Turkisher   Percussion,Drums,Surdo,Sampling,Doumbek,Roto Toms,Frame Drum,Trash Cans
Mark Agostino   Blocks,Temple Blocks

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Arto Lindsay   Producer,Audio Production
Valerie Naranjo   Percussion Sampling
Susan Rogers   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Robert Bergman-Ungar   Art Direction

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