The Catherine Wheel

The Catherine Wheel

by David ByrneDavid Byrne


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Since the breakup of Talking Heads, David Byrne's solo work has been notoriously inconsistent. But before that band's dissolution, he made a couple of very fine albums on his own: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno) and The Catherine Wheel, a musical score commissioned by Twyla Tharp to accompany her dance project of the same name. Byrne's score is always interesting and frequently brilliant; it draws on the instrumental talents of such session greats as drummer Yogi Horton, percussionist John Chernoff, guitarist Adrian Belew (who had been recording and touring as a sideman with Talking Heads), and, inevitably, Eno. Horton's drumming establishes a muscular funk foundation for much of the material, which also showcases Byrne's underrated guitar playing. Only the lyrics disappoint; they consist almost entirely of clichéd and predictable depictions of domestic suburban angst. Highlights of the program include "The Red House," with its eerie use of deconstructed vocal samples, and the lovely faux-juju "Ade." Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0075992741828
catalogNumber: 3645
Rank: 34994


  1. Light Bath
  2. His Wife Refused
  3. Ade
  4. Walking
  5. Two Soldiers
  6. Under the Mountain
  7. Dinosaur
  8. The Red House
  9. Wheezing
  10. Eggs in a Briar Patch
  11. Poison
  12. Cloud Chamber
  13. Black Flag
  14. My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks)
  15. Combat
  16. Leg Bells
  17. The Blue Flame
  18. Big Business
  19. Dense Beasts
  20. Five Golden Sections
  21. What a Day That Was
  22. Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)
  23. Light Bath

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Byrne   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Prophet Synthesizer,oberheim
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Steel Drums
Jerry Harrison   Organ,Drums,Clavinet
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
John Chernoff   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Conga
John Cooksey   Drums
Brian Eno   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vibes,Prophet Synthesizer,screams
Doug Gray   Double Bell Euphonium
Sue Halloran   Vocals
Yogi Horton   Drums,Concert Toms
Dollette McDonald   Vocals
Steve Scales   Percussion,Conga
Dolette McDonald   Vocals

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Sound Effects,Contributor,beats
David Byrne   Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Doug Bennett   Engineer
John Chernoff   Contributor
Doug Gray   Contributor
Richard Horowitz   Contributor
Julie Last   Engineer
Twyla Tharp   Choreographer,Contributor
John Chernoff   Composer

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