David Byrne

Born: May 14, 1952
Dumbarton, Strathclyde, Scotland

David Byrne was born in Scotland, but moved to Canada when he was still a young child, and then moved yet again to Baltimore, Maryland. David briefly attended a fancy design school in Rhode Island before dropping out, but he ended up forming a band he called the Artistics (or the Autistics) with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. They would eventually change their band’s name to the Talking Heads, and they signed with Sire Records. The Talking Heads were in the forefront of the New York punk rock scene, hanging with the crowd at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. The punk scene would soon burn itself out, however, but the Talking Heads would endure through the 80’s. Byrne was also busy scoring theatrical works and movie and television productions, as well as collaborating with other artists. In 1988, Byrne received an Academy Award for his music work on the impressive film The Last Emporer. That same year, Byrne also formed his world music label Luaka Bop. The Talking Heads released their final original LP as well, and Byrne began releasing solo efforts on his label, as well as collaborations with other popular artists. While his solo recordings have never received the commercial attention the Talking Heads received, the work is no less complex and deep.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter Vocals

1980's Alternative

Bands That David Byrne Has Played For:
Talking Heads
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