It’s rare for fans to get the opportunity to experience a song stripped down to its roots. Sure, you can find videos of musicians replicating a song's melody on an instrument. However, it’s rare to get a glimpse at just a song’s vocals. Especially if it comes from the original vocalist.
That’s the case with this stunning video of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.
A YouTube user took the classic Talking Heads song “Once In A Lifetime” and removed everything except for Byrne’s vocals.
His creativity is on full display as Byrne alternates between singing and a preaching style manner in the verses. The call-and-response chorus is taken to a whole new dynamic level as well. Plus, you’ll want to stick around for the end as what was once inaudible gibberish at the end of the track can now be heard clearly.
After listening to this version, you just might ask yourself… How did we get here?
Byrne has been busy lately with his Broadway production American Utopia based off his solo album of the same name. He enjoyed an extensive run before ultimately bringing it to Saturday Night Live recently
If you’d like to do a side-by-side comparison, you can watch Byrne and his American Utopia castmates perform “Once In A Lifetime” from Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago.
The news isn’t all about Byrne in the Talking Heads world though. The band recently teamed up with Vans to create a shoe inspired by the art on their 1979 album Fear of Music and the photoshoot from their 1985 album Little Creatures.