Yesterday I posted a video of The Talking Heads playing Psycho Killer in the very early days of CBGBs mid 70s. Now here they are just a few years later they have not only added a another guitar player but the whole presentation is so much more confident and fuller. They found a way to keep going and growing.
Here is what David Byrne says regarding those early years;
"Talking Heads had day jobs that continued for about a year after we began performing, then after a while we were able to devote ourselves to music full time. A year of working day jobs and gigging at night was a pretty short time to become self-sufficient as musicians--many never achieve this goal. But this, too, was partly a result of Hilly's work. (Hilly Kristal, owner/manager of CBGB's) Bands got either the entire door or a pretty good percentage of it--he go the bar. That eventually paid the bills. Try that at a club today. CBGB's was our safety net both creatively and financially."
For any creative cultural scene there must be a healthy habitat for the artists to flourish in. This is what we need to develop in our own city and we need to go there together.
Come out to the Pyramid Scheme next Thursday night and see us perform Pyscho Killer our own way. We will go on around 10:30. The Bar is located at 68 Commerce SW Grand Rapids in the Heartside. This will be during the second day of Art Prize when everything is really hopping so walk on over.