TV, Video — June 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Video: ‘Talking Heads vs. Television’ — aka 1984 UK TV special ‘Once in a Lifetime’

Talking Heads

In 1984, David Byrne helped put together a TV special on the Talking Heads for U.K. TV’s Channel 4, a 68-minute mix of live material filmed at Wembley Arena, interviews with the band, TV news clips, commercials and other various bits of found footage and sound — sort of a visual version of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts set to a live concert soundtrack.

The film — which comes to us via Joey X, and can be seen below — was titled “Once in a Lifetime” when it was broadcast in the U.K., but apparently is known to the band and fans as “Talking Heads vs. Television” (Byrne, credited in the film as “creative consultant,” lists it as such on his website).

Check it out:


‘Talking Heads vs. Television’ (1984)


Songs performed include:

“Life During Wartime”
“Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)”
“Once in A Lifetime”
“Big Business”
“I Zimbra”
“Slippery People”
“Psycho Killer”
“My Big Hands (Fall Though the Cracks)”
“What A Day That Was”
“Crosseyed And Painless”





One Comment

  1. Despot To Whiz In

    Talking Heads = MTV “Wanna-bee’s”

    Television = ‘The Real Thing,’ Punk Rock Forefathers. Little Johnny Jewel (1975)

    David Byrne has to resort to “world music” to battle back any sense of cred.

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