15.06.12

Five past David Byrne collaborations

David Byrne is unarguably one of the most influential musicians of the last 25 years, and with news of former Talking Heads frontman and singer-songwriter St. Vincent collaborating on forthcoming album ‘Love This Giant’, we’ve unearthed five other collaborations the iconic David Byrne has been involved with.

  1. This video features Byrne and Brian Eno’s song Mea Culpa from the 1981 album ‘My Life In The Bush of Ghosts’.
  2. Byrne’s most notable collaboration was with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su on Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor in 1987, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
  3. In 2009, Byrne collaborated with Dirty Projectors and recorded this track Knotty Pine for Red Hot’s ‘Dark Was The Night’ album.
  4. As proof that even geniuses make mistakes, in 2010 Byrne made a slightly questionable musical about shoe fan and tyrant spouse Imelda Marcos with Fatboy Slim and Florence Welch.
    # Byrne also wrote the Dirty Dozen Brass Band-inspired score for Robert Wilson’s Opera The Knee Plays shown here on BBC in 1988.