The lead single from Talking Heads' fourth studio album, Remain in Lightit was released on February 2,through Sire Records. David Byrne's lyrics and vocals were inspired by preachers delivering sermons. The music video, co-directed by Toni Basilhas Byrne dancing erratically over footage of religious rituals. A live version, taken from the concert film Stop Making Sensecharted in on the Billboard Hot NPR named "Once in a Lifetime" one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century.
Like other songs on Remain in LightTalking Heads and producer Brian Eno developed "Once in a Lifetime" by recording jamsisolating the best parts, and learning to play them repetitively.
Singer David Byrne likened the process to modern looping and samplingdescribing the band as "human samplers". The track was initially not one of Eno's favorites, and the band almost abandoned it. According to keyboardist Jerry Harrison"Because there were so few chord changesand everything was in a sort of trance Eno developed the chorus melody by singing Dynamite - Various - 50 Jaar Rock n Roll, and the song "fell into place".
Eno interpreted the rhythm differently from the band; he interpreted the third beat of the bar as the first. He encouraged the musicians Skylars Song - Vince Neil - Carved In Stone interpret the beat in different ways, thereby exaggerating different rhythmic elements.
According to bassist Tina Weymouthher husband, drummer Chris Frantzcreated the bassline by yelling during a jam, which she mimicked on bass guitar. I felt like I was pounding away like a carpenter, just nailing away to get it in the groove. When the band returned to New York and Eno had gone home, the engineer asked Weymouth to record the bassline again. She said: "It wasn't a big fight between me and Brian, as it has sometimes been portrayed, it was just a musical Once In A Lifetime - Eyes - Once In A Lifetime.
According to Frantz, Byrne "disappeared for two months" to write the lyrics. Byrne improvised lines as if he were giving a sermonwith a call-and-response chorus like a preacher and congregation. His vocals are "half-spoken, half-sung", with lyrics about living in a "beautiful house" with a "beautiful wife" and a "large automobile". Guardian writer Jack Malcolm suggested that the song can be read "as an art-pop rumination on the existential ticking time bomb of unchecked consumerism and advancing age".
Byrne denied that the lyrics address yuppie greed and said the song was about the unconscious : "We operate half-awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else, and we haven't really stopped to ask ourselves, 'How did I get here? In the "Once in a Lifetime" music video, Byrne appears in a large, empty white room, dressed in a suit, bowtie and glasses.
In the background, inserted via bluescreenfootage of religious rituals or multiple Byrnes appear. Byrne dances erratically, imitating the movements of the rituals and moving in "spasmic" full-body contortions.
At the Seated Meditation - Hakym Noh - Severed of the video, a "normal" version of Byrne appears in a black room, dressed in a white, open-collared shirt and no glasses. The video was choreographed and co-directed by Toni Basil. She and Byrne studied archive footage of "preachers, evangelists, people in trances, African tribes, Japanese religious sects" to see how Byrne could incorporate them into his performance.
I set up the camera, put him in front of it and asked him to Once In A Lifetime - Eyes - Once In A Lifetime those ideas. Then I left the room so he could be alone with himself. I came back, looked at the videotape, and we chose physical moves that worked with the music. I just helped to stylize his moves a little. The video was made on a low budget; Basil described it as "about as lo-tech as you could get and still be broadcastable".
And how many other videos can you say that about? That's as good as rock lyrics get. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Song by Talking Heads. New wave  art pop . Retrieved Once In A Lifetime - Eyes - Once In A Lifetime 7, The Times. Retrieved February Once In A Lifetime - Eyes - Once In A Lifetime , Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads". Retrieved April 7, Retrieved March 30, Retrieved March 20, Hal Leonard.
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