Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime [Single] (1981)
The drums push forward, the bass pulls back and this isn’t really a song, it’s a bunch of ideas falling over themselves, cascading, oscillating, evading melody in favour of finding a groove. The words are catchphrases, evangelical, delightful. A tune existing in its own space, in its own way, separate from everything but somehow linked to the band’s previous history – how very existential; that seems to fit the lyrical tone. This was the band’s first single off its fourth album. It was the single first thing I heard from the band. I’m in my fourth year when I hear this. I listen to it still. It has me hooked on its two-bar rhythmic loop. It feels like the first time I heard it when I listen to it now. It feels like a new first time every time. Same as it ever was. I wrote that as part of a piece where I tried to soundtrack my life in seven songs. This is one of those tunes that I have an early – lasting – memory of. It made me a Talking Heads fan. I’ve basically never not been a Talking Heads fan. Remain in Light is magical, one of my favourite albums ever but just recently I felt the need to own this classic track as a single/on single. Great B-side too. Of course.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Once In A Lifetime
Sample Track 2: (Side B): Seen And Non Seen
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