Thursday, December 20, 2007

Byrne-ing Down the House


i am certainly not the first to make that terrible pun. when i was in high school i saw the Talking Heads on their tour for Speaking in Toungues -- 1983 at Carmichael Audtitorium on the UNC campus (where Sam Perkins, James Worthy, and Michael Jordan had played b-ball for the Heels the year before). the show was amazing and would be captured for Jonathan Demme's film (the tour, probably not that specific show). i remember getting to the box office early in the morning the day tickets went on sale and everyone was wearing their Talking Heads t-shirts and buttons with the intersecting "TH" logo on them...it seemed much more like a secret club than the crowds at other similarly-sized New Wave shows i saw around that time (Go-Go's, Billy Idol, REM, Psychedelic Furs). i may not have been cool, but i felt like i was at least in the place where you might have some cool rub off on you. i hope i still have my Robert Rauschenberg version of that album.

recently i (somewhat nervously) talked on the phone with David Byrne for a piece he wrote for WIRED magazine, and the article, in addition to some clips from our conversation are up over on the WIRED site.

did i mention i've always hated the sound of my speaking voice recorded? i have. cringe.

5 Comments:

Blogger No Galls Allowed said...

Mac, I'm glad you've resumed blogging. I'm pretty sure I hate my speaking voice too.

6:02 PM  
Blogger armando said...

That's a damn good article. Thorough, too.

I've started to play a "figure out what kind of deal they have" game with musicians and performers I hear or see. It's dorky music fan fun!

9:28 PM  
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4:25 PM  
Blogger d-lee said...

Mac,
I just saw you on the "Relive the Magic". That must have been a blast hanging out with Roddy and Cam!

2:47 AM  
Blogger Mac said...

reliving the magic was indeed wild; i didn't know they were going to show it the other night!

1:29 PM  

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