HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Review - Once in a Lifetime

Artist: Talking Heads

Posted on Thu, Nov 20, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Among all the horribly self-important "essays" -- by band members, fans and, apparently, anyone the compilers thought to contact -- that make up the liner notes to this box set, it's none too surprising that the recollections that come from David Byrne are perhaps the most illustrative of why Talking Heads were such a great band. In one piece, Byrne acknowledges the sanctimonious disregard he's evinced for the enormous impact the Heads' music had Ã? and then he turns around and begrudgingly admits that this stuff was pretty good. Except, of course, he does it in a sanctimonious fashion. In another essay, he describes the combined record collection shared by himself, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in their perfectly run-down Manhattan apartment. "Equal parts avant arty rock and disco and R&B," he says. "There were probably some odd international and new music recordings as well -- some Balinese recordings and Ã? John Cage or Xenakis. One could pretty easily see where we were heading." Like it's no big deal. Sorry, Dave, but that ought-three kid with Stockhausen and Jay-Z and Matching Mole in his New York flat probably ain't gonna be making music that's as special as what you and your simultaneously self-aggrandizing and self-effacing bandmates did. Evenly acknowledging all phases of the band's career, "Once in a Lifetime" expands the double-disc "best of" that was "Sand in the Vaseline," adds five unreleased tracks and tacks on an expanded DVD version of the video compilation "Storytelling Giant." That's really all you need to know since, unlike David Byrne, everyone else already knows how great this band was.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 25, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation