Happy Birthday David Byrne | Talking Heads Rome 1980

What a week it has been for birthdays of rock legends. On Monday, Steve Winwood turned 66, while yesterday Stevie Wonder turned 64. Today, David Byrne turns 62. To celebrate, let's look back at an amazing Talking Heads performance from the band's peak.

On December 18, 1980 the touring version of the Talking Heads featuring stunt guitarist Adrian Belew delivered a fantastic performance at Palaeur Arena in Rome that was filmed for broadcast on Italian TV. Taking place just two months after the release of Remain In Light, that night’s set was heavy on material from that album such as "Born Under Punches," "Crosseyed and Painless" and "The Great Curve." Using multiple cameras and a masterful director, who really enjoyed airing shots of bassist Tina Weymouth shaking her butt, the resulting footage is must-see for any Talking Heads fan.

The Talking Heads were at the peak of their powers during the early ’80s. There’s been lots of dreaming and scheming about a Talking Heads reunion, especially by the members of the band who aren’t named David Byrne, but perhaps this footage shows some things are left best in the past.

01. Psycho Killer
02. Stay Hungry
03. Cities
04. I Zimbra
05. Drugs
06. Take Me to the River
07. Crosseyed and Painless
08. Life During Wartime
09. Houses in Motion
10. Born Under Punches
11. The Great Curve

[Published on: 5/14/14]

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