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The World of David Byrne

by Jim Allen

The World of David Byrne


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To say that David Byrne gets around would be an understatement on par with the observation that Alaskan winters get a little chilly. Besides his groundbreaking work with Talking Heads in the '70s and '80s and his subsequent solo outings, Byrne has collaborated with a kaleidoscopic array of artists. The man who became an avatar of New Wave with Talking Heads tracks like "Psycho Killer" always had an interest in leaping across the musical map and mixing his art pop inclinations with the sounds of different cultures. That's how he ended up working with everyone from the late Mexican pop goddess Selena to Brazilian maverick Tom Zé. Along the way, Byrne's eclecticism has also led to collaborations with St. Vincent, Fatboy Slim, Brian Eno, Thievery Corporation, Dirty Projectors and countless others. It's a lot to keep track of, so here's a guide to the dizzyingly multidirectional muse Byrne has followed, encompassing his key collaborative efforts as well as a handful of highlights from his Heads years and solo sojourns.

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