Talking Heads

A previously unreleased and apparently never-completed 5-minute-long Talking Heads instrumental called “Theme” has surfaced online via a recording of the first of the band’s two sets opening for a pair of performances by Television at legendary New York City club CBGB’s on the night of July 30, 1976, according to fan site

As you can hear via the audience recording that’s posted below, frontman David Byrne introduces the song by saying, “This is an instrumental.” When someone in the crowd yells out, “No title?,” Byrne responds, “We call it ‘Theme,’ but then we just keep it to ourselves.”

According to, it’s not known whether the mid-tempo song — written and performed when the band was still a three-piece — was played during the second set as well.


Talking Heads, “Theme” (Live)






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