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Ahead of his eagerly-anticipated visit to Scotland this summer, David Byrne has shared a new playlist – and there’s some interesting choices.
The 30-song ‘David Byrne Presents: Pop Music’ playlist, uploaded to his website, includes the likes of Rihanna, Grimes, Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Migos.
Byrne also included Selena Gomez’s hit song Bad Liar, which sampled Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer.
In an accompanying post to the playlist, Byrne explained his picks. “Though the sounds and styles vary, I’d say that one has to admire the skill and craft involved in the creation of these hooks, the incremental dribbling out of little surprises and the production that holds your attention,” he wrote.
“I subscribe to most of those aims and values as well, but I’m saddled with trying to keep my eccentricities while still having catchy choruses and an accessible sound.
“I listen and learn from these songs and their production, while still perversely holding onto the idea that I can also do it my own way.
“I love collaborating, but I’m too much of a control freak to ever completely let go of the reigns. But I can still sit back, enjoy and sing along.”
Dumbarton-born Byrne released his first solo album for over 14 years in March with American Utopia.
The Talking Heads frontman will perform at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Friday 15 June.
The tour then hits Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Manchester’s O2 Apollo, finishing up at London’s Eventim Apollo on Tuesday, 19 June.
David Byrne UK tour dates 2018:
Thursday, 14 June – New Theatre, Oxford
Friday, 15 June – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Sunday, 17 June – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Monday, 18 June – O2 Apollo, Manchester
Tuesday, 19 June – Eventim Apollo, London
Check out David Byrne’s playlist below.