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David Byrne 2009: Photo By Ros O'Gorman

David Byrne 2009: Photo By Ros O'Gorman

David Byrne Opens His Giant Suit Emporium for Colbert

by Paul Cashmere on March 10, 2018

in News

David Byrne is “burning down the house” with savings at his new giant suit emporium.

Byrne fronted the piss-take of his giant ‘Stop Making Sense’ suit for Stephen Colbert.

The sketch was name-checked many of Byrne’s musical moment like ‘this must be the place, ‘once in a lifetime’, ‘burning down the house’ and the ‘fa-fa-fa-fa’ from ‘Psycho Chicken’.

David Byrne’s giant suit was made famous in the 1984 Talking Heads concert film ‘Stop Making Sense’. The movie was directed by Jonathan Demme who went on to make the movies ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Philadeliphia’. Demme died in 2017.

‘Stop Making Sense’ was filmed at Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Byrne starts off in a normal sized suit that gradually increases over the film. The reference is to how everything appears bigger onstage.

“I wanted my head to appear smaller and the easiest way to do that was to make my body bigger, because music is very physical and often the body understands it before the head,” Byrne said about the concept.

David Byrne recently released ‘American Utopia’, his first solo album of contemporary material since 2004’s Grown Backwards.

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