I always thought Burning Down the House was the Divorce song.
Burning Down the House? You shouldn't be thinking thoughts like that Dingus!
What? I always thought they were sort of nonsense lyrics but you guys got me wondering so I checked. From Wikipedia:
"Burning Down the House" is a new wave and funk song. "This song started from a jam," says bassist Tina Weymouth in the liner notes of Once in a Lifetime: The Best of Talking Heads. "Chris [Frantz, drummer] had just been to see Parliament-Funkadelic in its full glory at Madison Square Garden, and he was really hyped. During the jam, he kept yelling 'Burn down the house!' which was a P-Funk audience chant, and David [Byrne] dug the line, changing it to the finished version, 'Burning down the house'." (Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic joined Talking Heads' live incarnation.)
The initial lyrics were considerably different, however. In an interview on NPR's "All Things Considered" aired on December 2, 1984, David Byrne played excerpts of early worktapes showing how the song had evolved from an instrumental jam by Weymouth and Frantz. Once the whole band had reworked the groove into something resembling the final recording, Byrne began chanting and singing nonsense syllables over the music until he arrived at phrasing that fit with the rhythms—a technique influenced by former Talking Heads producer Brian Eno: "and then I [would] just write words to fit that phrasing... I'd have loads and loads of phrases collected that I thought thematically had something to do with one another, and I'd pick from those."
Jun 13, 2018 - 11:37am PT
On tour now*! Playing in Boston soon, hope to be there.
Just David Byrne solo. The last time they played together was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. They officially broke up in 1991. Glad I saw them on their Stop Making Sense tour, although I regret dropping acid for that one. It didn't really enhance the concert at all. Ha ha. The Demme film was better than actually being there.