|David Byrne discography|
This article contains a comprehensive collection of information related to recordings by Scottish-American composer, musician, and producer David Byrne, former singer for Talking Heads.
Byrne appeared on every release by Talking Heads, including their studio albums:
|1977|| Talking Heads: 77 |
|1978|| More Songs About Buildings and Food |
|1979|| Fear of Music |
|1980|| Remain in Light |
|1983|| Speaking in Tongues |
|1985|| Little Creatures |
|1986|| True Stories |
|1988|| Naked |
And the live albums:
|1982|| The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads |
|1984|| Stop Making Sense |
While recording with Talking Heads, Byrne started working on collaborations and albums without the band.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Notes|
|1981|| My Life in the Bush of Ghosts ||44||47||29||Recorded with Brian Eno. Re-released in 2006 with bonus tracks.|
|1989|| Rei Momo ||71||96||52||—|
|1992|| Uh-Oh ||125||67||26||—|
|1994|| David Byrne ||139||—||44||—|
|1997|| Feelings ||155||—||91||Cover art by Stefan Sagmeister|
|2001|| Look into the Eyeball ||120||—||58||Re-released with bonus tracks. First album with Mauro Refosco.|
|2004|| Grown Backwards ||178||—||88||—|
|2008|| Everything That Happens Will Happen Today ||174||66||153||With Brian Eno. Cover art by Stefan Sagmeister.|
|2012|| Love This Giant ||23||—||40||Recorded with St. Vincent.|
|2018|| American Utopia ||3||—||16|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Notes|
|1981|| The Catherine Wheel ||104||—||Music for the 1981 Twyla Tharp dance production of the same name.|
|1985|| Music for "The Knee Plays" ||141||—||Music for Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's play The Civil Wars: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down. Re-released as The Knee Plays in 2007.|
|1986|| Sounds from True Stories ||—||—||Soundtrack to the film True Stories .|
|1987|| The Last Emperor ||152||—||Score to the film The Last Emperor , composed with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su.|
|1991|| The Forest ||—||—||Music for the 1988 Robert Wilson theatre piece of the same name.|
|1999||Your Action World||—||—||Music for Byrne's art presentation of the same name.|
|1999|| In Spite of Wishing and Wanting ||—||—||Music for the Ultima Vez dance production of the same name.|
|2003||E.E.E.I. (Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information)||—||—||Music for Byrne's speaking tour and PowerPoint presentation of the same name.|
|2003|| Lead Us Not into Temptation ||—||—||Soundtrack to the film Young Adam .|
|2008||Big Love: Hymnal||—||—||Soundtrack to the second season of Big Love .|
|2010||Here Lies Love||96||76||With Fatboy Slim. A disco song cycle occasionally given staged performances.|
|2019||American Utopia on Broadway Original Cast Recording||—||—||Original cast recording of the Broadway production of American Utopia.|
In addition to the scores and soundtracks that have been released as albums, Byrne has written music for several other productions:
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Notes|
| US || UK |
|1993||Between the Teeth||—||—||Released on VHS|
|2001|| David Byrne Live at Union Chapel ||—||—||Released on DVD.|
|2007|| Live from Austin, Texas ||—||—||Recorded on 2001-11-28 for Austin City Limits . Released on DVD and Compact Disc.|
|2009|| Everything That Happens Will Happen on This Tour – David Byrne on Tour: Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno ||—||—||Recorded in 2008 during the Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno Tour. Released on Compact Disc and digitally.|
|2012|| Live at Carnegie Hall ||—||—||Recorded in 2004 with Caetano Veloso.|
|2018||'"...The Best Live Show Of All Time" —NME||—||—||Recorded at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre in September 2018|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Notes|
|1998|| The Visible Man ||—||—||Remixes of songs from Feelings.|
|1978||Dinosaur||"Kiss Me Again" single||Guitar|
|1980||Love of Life Orchestra||"Extended Nicities" single||Guitar|
|Robert Fripp||God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners||Vocals on "Under Heavy Manners"|
|1984||The Staple Singers||"Slippery People" single||Guitar, Talking Heads cover version|
|1986||Philip Glass||Song from Liquid Days||Lyrics on "Liquid Days" and "Open the Kingdom"|
|1988||Tom Tom Club||Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom||Vocals on "Femme Fatale"|
|Tom Tom Club||"Femme Fatale"||Vocals, also features Marshall Jefferson remix|
|1990||Margareth Menezes||Elegibô||Vocals and production on "Canto pra Subir" and "Abra a Boca"|
|Bernie Worrell||Funk of Ages||Co-writing and vocals on "Sing"|
|1992||Richard Thompson||An Acoustic Evening||Recorded live at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights, March 24, 1992. (Red Phantom: RPCD 1100)|
|Balanescu Quartet||Byrne/Moran/Lurie/Torke||Composition on "High Life for Strings"|
|Tom Zé||Brazil Classics, Vol. 5: The Hips of Tradition||Vocals and guitar on "Jingle do Disco", released on Luaka Bop|
|1995||Selena||Dreaming of You||Vocals, co-writing, and production on "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)"|
|1996||Café Tacuba||Avalanche de Exitos||Vocals on "No Controles"|
|2000||Peret and Carol C||Tributo a Peret||Vocals on "Si Fulano"|
|2001||Vinicius Cantuária||Vinicius||Lyrics and vocals on "Rio"|
|2002||X-Press 2||Lazy (X-Press 2 song)||Co-writing and vocals, later released on Grown Backwards|
|2004||10,000 Maniacs||Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings||Vocals "Let the Mystery Be", originally recorded for 1993's MTV Unplugged , along with cover versions of "Dallas" and "Jolene"|
|Thievery Corporation||The Cosmic Game||Lyrics and vocals on "The Heart's a Lonely Hunter"|
|2005||Fischerspooner||Odyssey||Lyrics on "Get Confused"|
|2006||Forro in the Dark||Bonfires of São João||Vocals on "Asa Branca" and "I Wish (Bundle of Contradictions)"|
|La Portuaria||La Portuaria||Lyrics and vocals on "Hoy no le temo a la muerte"|
|2007||Baby Elephant||Turn My Teeth Up!||Vocals on "How Does the Brainwave?"|
|Marisa Monte||Universo Ao Meu Redor||Vocals on "State of Liberty"|
|David Shrigley||Worried Noodles||Vocals on "For You"|
|Paul Van Dyk||In Between||Vocals on "Fall with Me"|
|2008||The BPA and Dizzee Rascal||"Toe Jam"||Vocals|
|2009||N.A.S.A.||The Spirit of Apollo||Vocals on "The People Tree" and "Money"|
|Brazilian Girls||"I'm Losing Myself"||Vocals|
|2010||If By Yes||"Salt on Sea Glass"||Vocals on "Eliza"|
|Maximum Balloon||"Maximum Balloon"||Vocals on "Apartment Wrestling"|
|2011||Arcade Fire||The Suburbs (Deluxe Edition)||Vocals on "Speaking in Tongues"|
|2013||Jun Miyake||Lost Memory Theatre - act-1||Vocals on "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"|
|2014||Anna Calvi||Strange Weather||Vocals on "I'm the Man, That Will Find You (Connan Mockasin)" and "Strange Weather (Keren Ann)"|
|2016||De La Soul||"Snoopies" (song)||Vocals|
|1982||Music and Rhythm||"His Wife Refused"|
|1989||The 20th Anniversary Album||"America Is Waiting"|
|Like a Girl I Want You to Keep Coming||"Song for the Trees (or) I Know Sometimes the World Is Wrong"|
|1990||Red Hot + Blue||"Don't Fence Me In"|
|1993||Caged/Uncaged: A Rock/Experimental Homage to John Cage||"Cage and the Long Island Expressway" and "Enlightened Whistler"|
|1994||Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson||"Just the Motion", originally by Richard Thompson|
|1995||Blue in the Face soundtrack||Co-wrote "Mi Barrio", performed by La Casa, released by Luaka Bop|
|Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru||"Maria Lando", released by Luaka Bop and compiled by Byrne|
|1996||Red Hot + Rio||"Waters of March" with Marisa Monte|
|Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip||"It Goes Back"|
|1997||Red Hot + Latin||"Yolonda Niguas" with Café Tacuba|
|1998||Red Hot + Lisbon||"Dreamworld: Marco de Canavezes" with Caetano Veloso|
|2000||Mantra Mix||"Ain't Got so Far to Go"|
|2002||The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need, Vol. 1||"Pocket Monster"|
|Hear Music Volume 7: Waking||"Walk on Water"|
|2004||In Good Company soundtrack||"Glass, Concrete & Stone"|
|Future Soundtrack for America||"Ain't Got so Far to Go"|
|The Wired CD||"My Fair Lady"|
|2005||The Wired CD: Ripped. Sampled. Mashed. Shared.||"My Fair Lady"|
|2007||Plum||"Ex-Guru", originally by The Fiery Furnaces|
|The Simpsons: Testify||"Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" medley|
|2009||Dark Was the Night||"Knotty Pine", with Dirty Projectors|
|2010||Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||"Sleeping Up", "Tiny Apocalypse", and "Lazy"; "Home", "I Feel My Stuff", "Life Is Long", "My Big Nurse", and "Strange Overtones" with Eno; and "This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)" by Talking Heads|
Talking Heads produced or co-produced all their own music; in addition, Byrne has produced:
|1983||Fun Boy Three||Waiting||—|
|1986||Various artists||Something Wild||Co-produced, also co-write and sang on "Loco de Amor"|
|1990||Margareth Menezes||Elegibô||"Canto pra Subir" and "Abra a Boca" also performs vocals|
|1995||Selena||Dreaming of You||"God's Child (Baila Conmigo)" also performs vocals and co-wrote|
Byrne has released a handful of books, including Arboretum, a collection of sketches of some of his favorite trees, and The New Sins, a work about sin in the 21st century. He has also made several public art installations, speaking engagements on art and technology, and PowerPoint presentations. In addition to a recording career as a solo artist, he also founded the record labels Luaka Bop and Todo Mundo.
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