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David Byrne

DAVID BYRNE (1952 - )

He formed the Talking Heads as an art student at the Rhode Island School of Design. They became the oddballs from the early days of the NY CBGBs scene who chose to work smarter not harder. He had the audacity to turn psycho killers into pop songs and turn phrases like Qu'est-ce que c'est? into hooks for catchy choruses. He looked at MTV as not another commercial outlet; he chose to approach video as an artform. He took the video short genre and turned it into feature films starring Byrne in his oversize suit and spastic choreography. When he grew bored of all that he went off to experiment with Brian Eno and later returned to his art school roots as the sort of artist found in modern museums.

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