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David Byrne reflects on Talking Heads' split: "It was kind of ugly"

18 August 2023, 16:26 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

In a recent interview with People magazine, David Byrne expresses his regret over the way Talking Heads disbanded.

Byrne co-founded the group alongside drummer Chris Frantz, before bassist Tina Weymouth and keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison eventually joined the group. Following eight albums, and almost two decades, Byrne had decided to call it quits.

Frantz told the Los Angeles Times in 1992 that Byrne had “just decided to leave” without discussion, which made the other band members shocked and upset.

“As a younger person, I was not as pleasant to be around. When I was working on some Talking Heads shows, I was more of a little tyrant,” Byrne now reflects, noting that their end was "kind of ugly". “I learned to relax, and I also learned that collaborating with people, both sides get more if there’s a good relationship instead of me telling everybody what to do.”

“I have regrets on how that was handled. I don’t think I did it in the best way, but I think it was kind of inevitable that would happen anyway,” he continues. “We have a cordial relationship now. We’re sort of in touch, but we don’t hang out together.”

Talking Heads have not been seen publicly together since their 2002 induction to the Roll and Roll Hall of Fame. The quartet are now are set to reunite for the first time in over two decades, as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic concert film, Stop Making Sense.

The group will partake in a Q&A moderated by filmmaker Spike Lee, before the newly restored version of Stop Making Sense premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Accompanying the film will be a new deluxe edition of its soundtrack.

The deluxe edition of the Stop Making Sense soundtrack will be available on 18 August via Rhino Records and is available to pre-order now.

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