Digital Music — December 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

Hear a newly unearthed Talking Heads song from 1976: ‘We call it Theme’

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)






  1. Somewhere… Ezra Koenig is furiously searching through his Columbia lit. anthologies, writing lyrics.

  2. That’s been around Youtube for some time. Francey is not the first person to post that…

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