Zitat des Tages von David Byrne:
Punk was defined by an attitude rather than a musical style.
I read the NY Times but I don't trust all of it.
I didn't have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff.
On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one's own town.
Television sounded really different than the Ramones sounded really different than us sounded really different than Blondie sounded really different than the Sex Pistols.
I don't like begging money from producers.
Do I wear a helmet? Ugh. I do when I'm riding through a precarious part of town, meaning Midtown traffic. But when I'm riding on secure protected lanes or on the paths that run along the Hudson or through Central Park - no, I don't wear the dreaded helmet then.
I subscribe to the myth that an artist's creativity comes from torment. Once that's fixed, what do you draw on?
I've made money, and I've been ripped off. I've had creative freedom, and I've been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will.
People use irony as a defense mechanism.
I'm guarded; I don't talk much.
Cycling is a joy and faster than many other modes of transport, depending on the time of day. It clears the head.
My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.
Yeah, I like to keep myself interested - I'll kind of throw myself into some area that I don't completely know or understand, that I'm not adept at, so I'm forced to swim in order to stay afloat. There's a good feeling that comes from that.
I cycled when I was at high school, then reconnected with bikes in New York in the late '70s. It was a good way of getting around the clubs and galleries of the Lower East Side and Soho.
Doing the box set is one of those things where you get to rewrite your own history to some extent. We could take out some of the songs that we felt weren't as strong as some of the others, so you look better.
That's the thing about pictures: they seduce you.
It's not always been a happy marriage. I guess I wanted a quick fix.
Analysis is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off?
Domination and monopoly is the name of the game in the web marketplace.
In retrospect, I can see I couldn't talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching about. Ha! Like, that sure made sense!
I'm no Lance Armstrong, but I do use a bike to get from place to place in Manhattan, a little bit of Brooklyn.
That's the one for my tombstone... Here lies David Byrne. Why the big suit?
Frank Lloyd Wright... his things were beautiful but not very functional.
You can know or not know how a car runs and still enjoy riding in a car.
I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
I'm afraid that everything will get homogenized and be the same.
One knew in advance that life in New York would not be easy, but there were cheap rents in cold-water lofts without heat, and the excitement of being here made up for those hardships. I didn't move to New York to make a fortune.
I'd like to be known for more than being the guy in the big suit.
I couldn't talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching.
With pop music, the format dictates the form to a big degree. Just think of the pop single. It has endured as a form even in the download age because bands conform to a strict format, and work, often very productively, within the parameters.
I couldn't take pictures of green rolling hills.
Life tends to be an accumulation of a lot of mundane decisions, which often gets ignored.
The city is a body and a mind - a physical structure as well as a repository of ideas and information.
Having unlimited choices can paralyze you creatively.
I think I had a mild case of Asperger's as a younger guy, but that typically just wears off after a while.