David Byrne

Composer, Songwriter, Musician
One of the most eclectic artists to emerge from the American punk scene of the 1970s, David Byrne was the vocalist and chief songwriter for the band Talking Heads, which blended artistic, abstract sensibilities with a ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1952 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Music (106)

United Passions 2015 (Movie)

("Wild Wild Life") (Song)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

("Psycho Killer") (Song)

Savages 2012 (Movie)

("Psycho Killer") (Song)

The Three Stooges 2012 (Movie)

("Pulled Up") (Song)

This Must Be the Place 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Crazy, Stupid, Love 2011 (Movie)

"The Heart's A Lonely Hunter" (Song)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

("Once In A Lifetime") (Song)

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps 2010 (Movie)

("Strange Overtones") (Song Performer)

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps 2010 (Movie)

Songs (Song)

Big Love 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Music

Critical Condition 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Theme Music

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

("This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)") (Song)

In the Family 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

("Psycho Killer") (Song)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

("Heaven") (Song)

Numb3rs 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Song

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

("Burning Down The House") (Song)

Wired Science 2003 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Stay Up Late") (Song)

Election Day 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Song

Nim's Island 2008 (Movie)

("Stay Up Late") (Song)

Religulous 2008 (Movie)

("Road To Nowhere") (Song)

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Song

Beyond Hatred 2007 (Movie)

POV Theme Music("Angels") (Theme Music)

Duck 2007 (Movie)

Songs (Song)

El Cantante 2007 (Movie)

("Slippery People") (Song)

Fierce People 2007 (Movie)

("Psycho Killer") (Song)

Lars and the Real Girl 2007 (Movie)

("This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)-" Live Version) (Song)

POV: Standing Silent Nation 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Smiley Face 2007 (Movie)

"Memories Can't Wait" (Song)

Clean 2006 (Movie)

("The Jezebel Spirit") (Song)

Clerks II 2006 (Movie)

("(Nothing But) Flowers") (Song)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

("Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town") (Song)

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

("Wild Wild Life") (Song)

The Benchwarmers 2006 (Movie)

("Thank You for Sending Me an Angel") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("And She Was") (Song)

Sky High 2005 (Movie)

("And She Was") (Song)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Burning Down The House") (Song)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

("Glass, Concrete & Stone") (Song Performer)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

("Glass, Concrete & Stone") (Song)

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

("Once In A Lifetime") (Song)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

("The Great Western Road") (Song Performer)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

("Haitian Fight Song") (Music Producer)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

String Arrangements (Music Arranger)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

("The Great Western Road") (Song)

Alice and Martin 2000 (Movie)

("Once in a Lifetime") (Song)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

songs("Stop Making Sense" "Life During Wartime" "Burning Down the House") (Song)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

("Help Me Somebody") (Song Performer)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

("Wild Wild Life") (Song)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

("Psycho Killer") (Song)

The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

("Don't Fence Me In") (Song Performer)

The Book of Life 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Palmetto 1998 (Movie)

("Miss America") (Song Performer)

Palmetto 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

("God's Child" "Happy Suicide") (Song Performer)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

executive music producer (Music Producer)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

("Road to Nowhere") (Song)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

("Wild Wild Life") (Song)

Flying Blind 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

("Heaven") (Song)

An Astronaut's View of Earth 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Merci, la vie 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Heat and Sunlight 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

("Creatures of Love") (Song)

Little Monsters 1989 (Movie)

("Road to Nowhere") (Song)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

("And She Was") (Song)

Magicians of the Earth 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Cross My Heart 1987 (Movie)

("Perfect World") (Song)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

songs("America Is Waiting" "This Must Be the Place" "Mea Culpa") (Song)

Dead End Kids 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

("Once in a Lifetime") (Song)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

opening song performer("Loco de Amor") (Song Performer)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

opening song (Song)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

("Cocktail Desperado") (Performer)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

("Burning Down the House") (Song)

Stop Making Sense 1984 (Movie)

songs("Psycho Killer" "Heaven" "Thank You For Sending Me an Angel" "Found a Job" "Life During Wartime" "Slippery People" "Burning Down the House" "Making Flippy Floppy" "Swamp" "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" "Girlfriend Is Better" "What a Day Tha (Song)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

("Swamp") (Song)

America Is Waiting 1981 (Movie)

("America Is Waiting" "Life in the Bush of Ghosts") (Song Performer)

America Is Waiting 1981 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Animals Film 1980 (Movie)

("Mind") (Song)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

("Life During Wartime") (Song)

Belarusian Waltz (TV Show)

Theme Music

Calavera Highway (TV Show)

Theme Music

Every Mother's Son (TV Show)

Theme Music

Lomax the Songhunter (TV Show)

Theme Music

Lumo (TV Show)

Theme Music

New Muslim Cool (TV Show)

Theme Music

POV: No Bigger Than a Minute (TV Show)

Theme Music

Soldiers of Conscience (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Hobart Shakespeareans (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Judge and the General (TV Show)

Song

The Self Made Man (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Trials of Ted Haggard (TV Show)

Composer

War Feels Like War (TV Show)

Theme Music
Actor (29)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

This Must Be the Place 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beyond Ipanema 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ride, Rise, Roar 2009 (Movie)

(Himself)

Coração Vagabundo 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celia the Queen 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Absolute Wilson 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Bathtub of the World 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Art of Amalia 2000 (Movie)

Himself--Introduction (Actor)

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Between the Teeth 1994 (Movie)

Performer (Actor)

Racism: Points of View 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Checking Out 1989 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Family Tree 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Completely Pogued 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

Lip Syncher (Actor)

Stop Making Sense 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (3)

Between the Teeth 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

April 16th 1989 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

2nd unit director(("Wild Wild Life" " Love For Sale")) (Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Stop Making Sense 1984 (Movie)

stage lighting (Lighting)

The Vanguard (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Sound (1)

Stop Making Sense 1984 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)
Producer (1)

Umbabarauma 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (2)

Cousin Bobby 1992 (Movie)

many thanks (Thanks)

Stop Making Sense 1984 (Movie)

stage conception (Other)

Biography

One of the most eclectic artists to emerge from the American punk scene of the 1970s, David Byrne was the vocalist and chief songwriter for the band Talking Heads, which blended artistic, abstract sensibilities with a dizzying array of musical influences to become one of the most popular bands of the 1980s before Byrne left the group for a solo career in 1991. He captured critical and listener attention with the nervous energy and displaced emotion in songs like "Life During Wartime, "Burning Down the House," "Psycho Killer" and "Girlfriend is Better," which he underscored with his powerhouse vocals and kinetic stage presence. Talking Heads broke onto the Billboard charts with 1980's "Once in a Lifetime," which preceded a handful of Top 40 singles before the band's acrimonious split at the dawn of the new decade. In the years that followed, Byrne pursued a sonically adventurous solo career that veered from records that explored international rhythms to soundtrack work, including the Oscar-winning score for "The Last Emperor" (1987) and his own record label, Luaka Bop, which brought many Third World artists to Western audiences. Throughout it all, Byrne remained one of popular music's most independent-minded figures, parlaying his own individual fascinations into a career that drew considerable respect from both the critical and listener communities.

Relationships

Thomas Byrne

Father

Emily Byrne

Mother
teacher of special education

Malu Byrne

Daughter
born in 1990

Adelle Lutz

Wife
married on July 18, 1987 sister of the late fashion model Tina Chow

EDUCATION

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore , Maryland 1971 - 1972

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence , Rhode Island 1970 - 1971

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence , Rhode Island 1970 - 1971

Milestones

1998

Recorded new songs with Talking Heads for an anticipated 1999 release

1996

Dropped lawsuit against Frantz, Weymouth and Jerry Harrison (a later addition to the band), enabling the three (without Byrne) to put out an album as The Heads, backing Deborah Harry, among others

1995

Served as executive music producer and song performer for Wayne Wang's "Blue in the Face"

1994

Co-directed (with Wild) "Between the Teeth", a concert film of his 10 Car Pile-Up band at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ on Halloween 1992

1994

Had three solo shows for his photography in Belgium, The Netherlands and NYC

1993

Contributed the song "Heaven" to Demme's "Philadelphia"

1990

Sang (and directed segment) Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" for ABC's "Red, Hot & Blue"

1989

Directed "Ila Aiye/The House of Life", a documentary about the Candomble Nago religion of Brazil; debuted as the opening program of the PBS TV series "Alive From Off Center"; explored Yoruban dance-music rituals of Brazilians whose ancestors came to South

1988

Founded the record label Luaka Bop (date approximate)

1988

Co-directed (with David Wild) "April 16th 1989", a two minute short

1988

Contributed to Oscar-winning score for Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor"

1988

Last album to date with Talking Heads, "Naked"

1987

TV acting debut in "A Family Tree" (on PBS' "Trying Times"), directed by Demme and written by Henley

1986

Feature directing and writing (with Beth Henley and Stephen Tobolowsky) debut, "True Stories"; also acted

1984

With Talking Heads, subject of feature-length concert film "Stop Making Sense", directed by Jonathan Demme; Byrne also designed the stage lighting

1981

Commissioned by Twyla Tharp to compose (with Johnny Pacheco) and perform a score for her 80-minute dance "The Catherine Wheel", presented on Broadway

1981

Released "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" album with Brian Eno

1980

First Byrne song used in a feature film, "Life During Wartime" in "Times Square"

1977

Released first LP, "Talking Heads: 77"

1975

Co-founded rock group Talking Heads with Frantz and Weymouth; made debut at CBGB's supporting The Ramones

1969

Met Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth at Rhode Island School of Design

1960

Moved to suburbs of Baltimore (date approximate)

1954

Moved to Canada at age two (date approximate)

Moved to NYC's Lower East Side

Bonus Trivia

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The National Society of Film Critics honored "Stop Making Sense" as the Best Documentary of 1984.

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There is a homepage devoted to Byrne at www.talking-heads.net/davidbyrne.

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