Bassist Tina Weymouth, best-known for her work as a founding member of Talking Heads, today celebrates her 66th birthday. An essential aspect of the band’s unmistakable sound, Weymouth’s tone and style helped establish the group as icons of the New Wave movement. Her work alongside David Byrne, Jerry Harrison and her husband Chris Frantz ultimately landed the quartet in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Talking heads released a total of eight studio album between their 1977 debut Talking Heads: 77 and 1988’s Naked. While Weymouth’s popularity grew with the 1981 success of the single “Genius Of Love” by her Talking Heads side-project Tom Tom Club, it’s her ever evolving recordings with the seminal art rock band that truly showcases her musicianship.
Animosity between Byrne and the other three members of Talking Heads led to an official breakup in 1991. Hope of the foursome setting aside their differences and reuniting is slim as all signs point to ongoing hostility.
The last time Weymouth, Frantz, Harrison and Byrne shared a stage together was to perform at their induction to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. They joined together for a three song set on March 18, 2002, playing Talking Heads classics “Life During Wartime,” “Psycho Killer” and “Burning Down The House.” Watch below officially posted highlights of the reunion as well as their induction by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis: