Quotations by David Byrne

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Born: Friday, March 14, 1952
Profession: Musician
Nationality: Scottish


All you needed was a couple of instruments and a few chords and you could be on an indie label.
- David Byrne

Analysis is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off?
- David Byrne

Architecture theory is very interesting.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Architecture, Theory)

Everything's intentional. It's just filling in the dots.
- David Byrne

Frank Lloyd Wright... his things were beautiful but not very functional.
- David Byrne

I couldn't take pictures of green rolling hills.
- David Byrne

I couldn't talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: People, Talk)

I didn't have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Writing)

I find rebellion packaged by a major corporation a little hard to take seriously.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Rebellion)

I knew I wanted to have a doll of myself on the cover. I thought, I wanna see myself as a Ken doll.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Thought)

I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Business, Body)

I never listen to the radio unless I rent a car.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Car)

I read the NY Times but I don't trust all of it.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Trust)

I subscribe to the myth that an artist's creativity comes from torment. Once that's fixed, what do you draw on?
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Creativity, Artist, Myth)

I try never to wear my own clothes, I pretend I'm someone else.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Clothes)

I wanted to be a secret agent and an astronaut, preferably at the same time.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Time)

I'd like to be known for more than being the guy in the big suit.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Being)

I'm afraid that everything will get homogenized and be the same.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Will)

I'm afraid that reason will triumph and that the world will become a place where anyone who doesn't fit that will become unnecessary.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Reason, Will, World)

I'm guarded; I don't talk much.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Talk)

I've been in beautiful landscapes where one is tempted to whip out a camera and take a picture. I've learned to resist that.
- David Byrne

It didn't even occur to me that I'm the last person in the world who should play salsa or Brazilian music.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Music, Play, World)

It's not always been a happy marriage. I guess I wanted a quick fix.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Marriage, Quick)

My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Food, Time, Day, Favorite, Spicy)

People in Latin America... love America from afar and emulate America in some ways but also hate a lot of things that America does to them.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Love, People, America, Hate)

Punk was defined by an attitude rather than a musical style.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Attitude, Punk, Style)

Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Beauty)

Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Love, Nothing, Talk)

Television sounded really different than the Ramones sounded really different than us sounded really different than Blondie sounded really different than the Sex Pistols.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Sex, Television)

That's the one for my tombstone... Here lies David Byrne. Why the big suit?
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Lies)

That's the thing about pictures: they seduce you.
- David Byrne

The Heads were the only band on that scene that had a groove.
- David Byrne

The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror - not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Death, Disease, Glamour, Horror, Smoking, Sophistication)

To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
- David Byrne

To some extent I happily don't know what I'm doing. I feel that it's an artist's responsibility to trust that.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Trust, Artist, Responsibility)

When we started, a lot of bands sounded really different from one another.
- David Byrne







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