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      David Byrne

      David Byrne

      Highest Rated: 100% Stop Making Sense (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 8% The Bachelor (1999)

      Birthday: May 14, 1952

      Birthplace: Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK

      One of the most eclectic artists to emerge from the American punk scene of the 1970s, David Byrne was the vocalist and chief songwriter for the band Talking Heads, which blended artistic, abstract sensibilities with a dizzying array of musical influences to become one of the most popular bands of the 1980s before Byrne left the group for a solo career in 1991. He captured critical and listener attention with the nervous energy and displaced emotion in songs like "Life During Wartime, "Burning Down the House," "Psycho Killer" and "Girlfriend is Better," which he underscored with his powerhouse vocals and kinetic stage presence. Talking Heads broke onto the Billboard charts with 1980's "Once in a Lifetime," which preceded a handful of Top 40 singles before the band's acrimonious split at the dawn of the new decade. In the years that followed, Byrne pursued a sonically adventurous solo career that veered from records that explored international rhythms to soundtrack work, including the Oscar-winning score for "The Last Emperor" (1987) and his own record label, Luaka Bop, which brought many Third World artists to Western audiences. Throughout it all, Byrne remained one of popular music's most independent-minded figures, parlaying his own individual fascinations into a career that drew considerable respect from both the critical and listener communities.

      Highest rated movies

      Under African Skies poster
      Under African Skies
      Stop Making Sense poster
      Stop Making Sense
      True Stories poster
      True Stories
      Ride, Rise, Roar poster
      Ride, Rise, Roar
      Art of Amalia poster
      Art of Amalia

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twyla Moves Self - 2021
      97% 85% David Byrne's American Utopia Self,
      Executive Producer,
      Original Music
      - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Everything for All Reasons Unknown (Character) - 2019
      96% 75% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch Guest - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Necromancer Young Boy (Character) - 2018
      71% 62% Contemporary Color Self,
      Producer
      $15.3K 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Temporary Color Unknown (Character) - 2016
      100% 91% Under African Skies Unknown (Character) - 2012
      66% 58% This Must Be the Place Self,
      Original Music
      $142.2K 2011
      78% 71% Ride, Rise, Roar Unknown (Character) - 2010
      55% 44% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Original Songs $52.5M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Ipanema Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 57% Wandering Heart Self - 2008
      No Score Yet 48% Pittsburgh Original Music - 2006
      No Score Yet 50% Fabricating Tom Zé Self - 2006
      50% 45% Duck Original Songs - 2005
      No Score Yet 83% TV Party: The Documentary Unknown (Character) - 2005
      62% 49% Young Adam Original Music $767.2K 2003
      67% No Score Yet Art of Amalia Introduction (English version) (Character) $6.9K 2000
      8% 28% The Bachelor Original Music $21.7M 1999
      89% 71% The Book of Life Original Music - 1998
      No Score Yet 73% Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Unknown (Character) - 1998
      43% 76% Blue in the Face Original Music $586.3K 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Teeth Director - 1994
      54% 55% Immediate Family Original Song $5.4M 1989
      No Score Yet 38% Heavy Petting Unknown (Character) - 1989
      90% 49% Married to the Mob Original Music $19.7M 1988
      87% 88% The Last Emperor Original Music $43.0M 1987
      79% 81% Wall Street Original Music $41.3M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Moon July Unknown (Character) - 1987
      91% 69% Something Wild Original Music $6.4M 1986
      79% 83% True Stories Narrator/Lip-Syncher/Talking Heads singer (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      $1.6M 1986
      100% 97% Stop Making Sense Vocals and Guitar (Character),
      Original Music
      $148.4K 1984
      No Score Yet 75% The Blank Generation Unknown (Character) - 1976

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2014 2019 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 50% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2018 2021
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1989 2020
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer 2019
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2009 2012
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012
      85% 75% The Simpsons Performer - 'Dream Operator' (Guest Voice) 2003 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Guest 1995