16 thoughts on “Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime

  1. Once in a Lifetime….The choreography for this video was done by Toni Basil…who later did a record herself ( oh Ricky, you’re so fine…).
    Personally, I now enjoy TH’s song, Life during Wartime. Great lyrics! I got to see Byrne and Talking Heads on this your in…I think 1984?

          1. Oh my gosh, Angel, I mean, oh my, well gee, I mean I tried to just sit this one out, tried to be quiet, and maybe it’s just me, you know, hyper-sensitive, even a little paranoid. But gee, and OMG, how to say this, oh my, okay, here goes, and I may be the only one that sees this this way, this which I won’t name, oh my, but okay, here it is:

            RED FLAGS!!

            I might be nuts. But I look again. I look and listen and… Oh my.


          2. ROFLMAO, galen
            I’ve posted it in the Trenches before, though it was quite a while back. Given today’s atmosphere, a kinda figured it might offend the “Good Christian Ladies” (a phrase used in the early days of the Trenches when we were reprimanded for use of profanity in posts). I suprised it was you. LMAO I apologize. I did not mean to shock or offend you.
            That was a mainstream hit song in the ’80s. As a hit song, it was regularly played on MTV (back when they played music videos). Times have certainly changed, haven’t they. (Can’t stop laughing) 😆

            ” ‘She’s a Beauty’ is a song by American rock band The Tubes. Released in 1983 on The Tubes’ album Outside Inside from Capitol Records, the song became the band’s biggest hit. It went to number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart which charts the frequency of songs played on mainstream rock stations.”

          3. Angel, not offended. Kinda shocked. Not because of sexuality, but I saw pedophilia. There I said it. Tried to be quiet, but couldn’t. Boy quickly turned into a man, but an old man. Youth stolen? Like I said, hyper-sensitive. And yes, times have changed; our eyes are so much more open.

            Well, there it is. Geez.


          4. That’s the lesson of the song. Not just don’t fall for the Huckster/Con, but too much, too soon…loss of youth. Loss of innocence. In Texas, there was a place called “The Chicken Ranch”. Rather than talk to their sons about the facts of life, fathers would take their young sons there to learn from “experienced” women. I remember it in particular because I knew several guys who were taken there to lose their virginity (we’re talking young, like soon after they got their first hard on /wet dream). I also remember my Mother telling me about it. There were many places like The Chicken Ranch. In some cases, elder brothers would take their younger brothers. For many, it was a common practice for generations, in this country as well as other countries. At the time, it was not considered pedophilia as long as it was a paid situation with an older woman and a boy. “Don’t fall in love” was made very clear to them. It was considered “education”. If they didn’t “follow through”, they were ridiculed, shamed, called Gay. Some would lie about what happened behind the closed doors to avoid the shame. When I was in High School, guys were expected to be “educated” by 14, at the oldest, while girls were either “good girls” or “tramps”.
            Times have changed. 🙂

          5. Yes, Angel, you tweaked an old memory of mine. Right. It was a right of passage for the boy. Somehow that holds a lot more decency than what I see this kid experiencing here in the vid. And how old is he? Maybe 12? Wait a minute. Let me see what I can find:

            “And the lucky kid who gets to ride the car in the woman’s lap with the comfortable headrest? That’s Robert Arquette, of the very-famous all-star Arquette family, at the age of 12. He later went on to get a sex change and become Alexis Arquette.”

            Oh boy, I guessed his age. And look how he ended up. Well, I found that info here:


            So, I seem to be on my perch, Angel. I know what they’re doing to our kids. Makes a grandmother hyper-vigilant. Anyhow, I’m glad we communicated about this. I guess much is in the eye of the beholder. Would be interesting to see how 10 different people might interpret this. Such is art, subjective and stirring.



    1. Talking Heads – Life during wartime LIVE – Stop making sense 1984 HQ

      Life During Wartime
      David Byrne, Caetano Veloso

      Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
      Packed up and ready to go
      Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway,
      A place where nobody knows
      The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
      I’m getting used to it now
      Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto,
      I’ve lived all over this town
      This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
      This ain’t no fooling around
      No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
      I ain’t got time for that now
      Transmit the message, to the receiver,
      Hope for an answer some day
      I got three passports, a couple of visas,
      You don’t even know my real name
      High on a hillside, the trucks are loading,
      Everything’s ready to roll
      I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime,
      I might not ever get home
      This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
      This ain’t no fooling around
      This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.,
      I ain’t got time for that now
      Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
      Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
      You oughta know not to stand by the window
      Somebody might see you up there
      I got some groceries, some peanut butter,
      To last a couple of days
      But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no
      Headphones, ain’t got no records to play
      Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
      Gonna be different this time
      Can’t write a letter, can’t send a postcard,
      I can’t write nothing at all
      This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
      This ain’t no fooling around
      I’d like to kiss you, I’d love you hold you
      I ain’t got no time for that now
      Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock,
      We blended with the crowd
      We got computer, we’re tapping phone lines,
      I know that ain’t allowed
      We dress like students, we dress like housewives,
      Or in a suit and a tie
      I changed my hairstyle, so many times now,
      I don’t know what I look like!
      You make me shiver, I feel so tender,
      We make a pretty good team
      Don’t get exhausted, I’ll do some driving,
      You ought to get some sleep
      Get you instructions, follow directions,
      Then you should change your address
      Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day,
      Whatever you think is best
      Burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks?
      They won’t help me survive
      My chest is aching, burns like a furnace,
      The burning keeps me alive
      Try to stay healthy, physical fitness,
      Don’t want to catch no disease
      Try to be careful, don’t take no chances,
      You better watch what you say

      Songwriters: Chris Frantz / Christopher Frantz / David Byrne / Jerry Harrison / Tina Weymouth
      Life During Wartime lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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