Happy Birthday, David Byrne!


20 Responses to “Happy Birthday, David Byrne!”

  1. AdrenalineSleep says:

    Ha! Happy Belated to David Byrne :-)

    I had an interesting interaction (or non interaction) with him at a Nine Inch Nails show in 2005 (apparently the day after his birthday). I finagled my way into a VIP area and there was only one other person there. I sat next to him, and we exchanged pleasantries and random small talk but I had to play it off as though I really belonged there so I didn’t pay him any mind. A couple months later my friend tells me that David Byrne wrote about me in his journal. I checked the journal and his parting thought about the show was his impression of me. It was about the coolest write up I’ve ever gotten and I gotta say he had me totally had me pegged.

    David Byrne’s Journal: 5.15.05: Nine Inch Nails

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  3. Anonymous says:

    “there is water at the bottom of the ocean”… Love it- I STILL love it!

  4. Benjamin Miner says:

    I’m with Irksome and Stephan – Knee Plays and Catherine Wheel are among my favorites (and Bush Of Ghosts, of course), and A Million Miles is one of his most signature anthems ever. I’m so glad to occupy space-time that overlaps his, the man has just brought so much creativity and insight into the world. How I would like to have him come over for dinner…

  5. Jake0748 says:

    David Byrne and his cohorts have been a joy and inspiration to me since Talking Head 77. I can’t imagine what life would have been like without that music.

    This aint no disco.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday, David Byrne. You , along with Tina Weymouth, are one of my favorite doids. Tailwinds!!!!

  7. lego7 says:

    Perhaps for a birthday present to himself, he could apply for U.S. citizenship, and start participating in the American political process instead of whining about it.

    Happy Birthday, anyway.

  8. irksome says:

    Two obscure works to hear, the soundtracks to The Knee Plays and to Twyla Tharp’s Catherine Wheel.


  9. branko says:

    Could anyone tell me if David Byrne owns a bike?

  10. Stefan Jones says:

    When I saw the headline I drilled down into my MP3 collection and started playing A Million Miles.

    @Irksome: Yeah, the Music for the Knee Plays is awesome stuff. I literally wore out my audio cassette copy.

    In ’99 I made a mix disk that used a few of the pieces. While reviewing the tracks I’d picked out, I had one of those wonderful cognitive dissonance moments: The song “Theodora is Dozing” is based on the “Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices” track “Polegnala E Todora”.

    • irksome says:

      Anecdote 1: I saw The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Women’s Choir at Somerville (MA) Theater back when their albums (yes, albums… I sympathize with Mr Crummett @ #7) came out; we were a particularly blue-collar crowd. They had played at Lincoln Center the night before and seemed a bit taken aback by our rather boisterous response; lots of foot-stomping and cheering. They giggled a lot. It was like hearing angels sing.

      Anecdote 2: My Bosnian girlfriend tells me she decided she loved me when I played said albums for her. Many of the songs are the ones she grew up with and which they played and sang during the war. Once in a while, I do life just right.

  11. Stefan Jones says:

    Woot! Site about the Knee Plays, with a page about the album with some online tracks:


    In the future, everybody but the wealthy will be very healthy.
    In the future, everybody but the wealthy will be very filthy.

  12. Tone says:

    When we discover the fountain of youth, this guy should be given the first drink. We need David Byrne for another 59 years.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Best Wishes to David! Here’s a fun clip –


    I saw him do this live at The 9:30 Club in DC – best show ever.

  14. braininavat says:

    59th! once in a life time.

  15. Mark Crummett says:

    He’s 59? That makes me…oh my God, I’m OLD!

  16. jere7my says:

    To celebrate David Byrne’s birthday, I am bicycling to the Institute of Contemporary Art to watch an experimental theater piece.

    (I was going to do that even before I knew it was his birthday, but it seems appropriate.)

  17. Ipo says:

    Happy Byrnesday!!!

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