Sun 4 Mar Forty-one years later, the man, the venue and the fans have all changed. Nobody spits. Byrne came up with the idea two years ago. Obama was on his way out, Trump was on his way up, and Byrne wanted to alleviate the gloom by collating stories of positive change from around the world — not grand schemes but small, pragmatic innovations that work. Looking like a dapper academic with his sharp grey suit and shock of white hair, the year-old clicks through his slides: carbon-neutral urban planning in Sweden, high-speed bus lanes in South America, an anti-corruption game show in Africa.
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D avid Byrne overwhelms the image of Talking Heads. With his herky-jerky mannerisms, loopy persona and arch lyrics — not to mention his command of the songwriting credits through much of their catalogue — he eclipsed the efforts of every other member of the band. At the same time, Frantz appreciates the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the alchemy of Talking Heads provided for him and the other members. In his book, Frantz also writes about his year marriage to Weymouth with a warmth and awe that inspired its title. Of course, he also covers the ground-breaking band he and Weymouth created, Tom Tom Club. When they first met Smith, she dismissed them as rich kids, based on their pedigree as recent graduates of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where the core of the band had formed in When Frantz first heard about the Ramones, he thought they were a Mexican band. The famously small-minded guitarist considered Talking Heads either pretentious or baffling. He invited them up to his place, where he proceeded to eat an entire gallon of ice cream in front of them, while offering his critique of the band. He wanted to sign them to a recording contract, but when Frantz and others looked it over, they realized it gave ownership of their catalogue entirely to Reed and his manager, which would have sent all the profits from album sales their way.
Byrne has released solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, fiction, and non-fiction. Two years after his birth, his parents moved to Canada, settling in Hamilton, Ontario. His father worked as an electronics engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. His mother later became a teacher. The family had left Scotland in part because work for his father's engineering skills were in short supply and in part because of the tensions in the extended family caused by his parents' " mixed marriage ", his father being Catholic and his mother Presbyterian. Before high school, Byrne already knew how to play the guitar, accordion, and violin. He was rejected from his middle school 's choir because they claimed he was "off- key and too withdrawn". From a young age, he had a strong interest in music. His parents say that he would constantly play his phonograph from age three and he learned how to play the harmonica at age five. He started his musical career in a high school band called Revelation, then between and , he was one half of a duo named Bizadi with Marc Kehoe.