David Byrne • High Times


Happy birthday to David Byrne, who turns 68 years old on May 14. Byrne chats about being famous, having sex, and sniffing ecstasy in this May, 1981 interview with Scott Cohen.

High Times: What’s the Talking Heads’ secret for success?

Byrne: My point of view might sound naive, but if you’re honest and sincere in what you’re doing, then there’s a good chance that there are people out there who will feel the same way. Even with a minimum of skill and technique, these people who feel the same way will find out about it through some mysterious process. We were very lucky. I expected it to take about five years for people to find out about us, and it took around two.

High Times: How long should someone wait?

Byrne: I’ve spoken to other people who took much longer, like twenty years or so, before their audience increased beyond fifty people. There’s a good way and a bad way of looking at that. Obviously you shouldn’t persist at something if no one’s…


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