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Soon after we began talking, I realized that this was not going to be one of the more technical interviews MD has published. He traveled constantly while growing up, which helped him develop an appreciation of many kinds of music, as evidenced in the sophisticated but raw rhythms of Talking Heads, as well as the infectious Caribbean dance party atmosphere of Tom Tom Club. He can rarely be accused of overplaying, yet he creates excitement with his enthusiastic groove weaving, intense concentration and well-timed kicks. More often than not, Scales played the fills while Frantz kept the beat chugging along. There were nine members on stage for their tour.
During the jam, he kept yelling 'Burn down the house! The initial lyrics were considerably different, however. In an interview on NPR's " All Things Considered " aired on December 2, , 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. According to Byrne in the NPR interview, phrases that he tried but ultimately did not use in the song included "I have another body," "Pick it up by the handle," "You travel with a double," and "I'm still under construction. The video, produced and directed by Byrne, alternates primarily between footage of the band performing the song in an empty ballroom, Byrne playing while facing a projection screen that displays a concert crowd or a wall of flames at different times, and images projected on the outside wall of a house. A young boy resembling Byrne takes his place from time to time; eventually, younger counterparts start moving the arms of all four band members to play the music. After the screen goes blank, both young and adult Byrne leave the stage, and the video ends with an extended close-up of Byrne's face projected on a highway at night. Despite this success, the song was not a hit outside of North America.