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David Byrne says Talking Heads reunion would be “quite a number of steps backwards”

on January 05, 2017, 4:42pm

We probably all knew this, but Talking Heads fans shouldn’t expect a reunion anytime soon. In a new interview with The Creative Independent, frontman David Byrne explained a reformation of the iconic New York band doesn’t fit in with his current plans. As he put it, getting the band back together would be “quite a number of steps backwards” in his quest to be perceived as serious in his pursuits outside of music.

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“A Talking Heads reunion might be incredibly successful for a specific generation, or maybe for many generations,” he said. “It would make me a lot of money and get a lot of attention. It would also probably be quite a number of steps backwards as far as being perceived as someone who does a lot of different things.”

Byrne continued, “For that reason, I feel like I have to sacrifice something, whether it’s money or name recognition or whatever, in order to be able to do a little bit more of what I’d want to do. In other words, you can’t have it all.”

Read the full interview here.

Among Byrne’s recent creative pursuits: Contemporary Color, a color guard project featuring original compositions from A-list musicians; Neurosoceity, an “immersive theater performance” designed by actual neuroscience labs; and a musical about Joan of Arc called St. Joan.

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