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Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Date: Aug 07 2006


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Welcome to Head Week at English, baby! This week, we are going to be talking about some pretty heady issues! Not really. We’ll actually be talking about some pretty light-hearted issues. Like in today’s lesson, we’re talking about the Talking Heads, a classic American band.


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Steph:  Have you ever seen the Talking Heads?

Cindy:  No.

Steph:  Really? I guess it’s not really, they’re not really a band anymore. Um, but David Byrne, he was the leader of the Talking Heads, and he has a solo career now.

Cindy:  Oh, that’s right. But he’s not Gabriel Byrne, right? Are they related?

Steph:  I really don’t think so. But they could be. I mean, we could google that.

Cindy:  Ok.

Steph:  Yeah. That’s a good idea. Yeah. But David Byrne is really cool. Is Gabriel Byrne a musician as well?

Cindy:  I think so.

Steph:  Wow! Huh. I had no idea! Well anyway, yeah, David Byrne is so good. And he wears these really cool costumes when he goes on stage.

Cindy:  Ya know, I think I’ve seen them on MTV.

Steph:  Probably. He, they had a lot of popular songs in the eighties. And then David Byrne had a lot of popular songs in the nineties.

Cindy:  What’s a Talking Heads song?

Steph:  Oh. Ya know that song, it goes something like, look at your life, um, ya know, it’s changed so much. I can’t believe this is my life anymore. I’m not really good at lyrics.

Cindy:  That’s okay. I think I know the one you’re talking about.

Steph:  Well, ya know, it’s so hard. I could sing it for you, but I’d be too embarrassed.

Cindy:  No. Go ahead!

Steph:  No thanks!



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Popular Talking Heads songs include Psycho Killer, Once in a Lifetime, and Burning Down the House. A tremendous live performance can be seen on a DVD called Stop Making Sense.

David Byrne is truly the quirkiest performer I have ever seen in my life. When I saw him perform, he changed outfits like 4 times. That’s not bad for 1 hour! I thought I was bad! Anyway, he is really great. If you ever get the chance to see him perform, you should definitely do it!



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David Byrne, Gabriel Byrne…I don’t know them before….

04:16 PM Aug 07 2006 |




I havn’t heard of this band. Oh my god I am out of date.

04:52 AM Aug 07 2006 |




I’m not familiar with David Byrne or Talking Heads either, but I try to search this group or him on the net.

04:05 AM Aug 07 2006 |

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