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David Byrne — Make Believe Mambo
Album: Rei Momo
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Released: 1989
Length: 5:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
[Orisa]

It was a pretty picture
It almost made me cry
He's got Big imagination
It's better than real life

He can be a macho man
And now he's a game show host
Well one minute hilarious comedian
Now he's an undercover cop

Say

Oh - let the poor boy dream
Oh - livin' make-believe

So how can we be strangers
He's got no personality
It's just a clever imitation
Of the people on TV

A line for every situation
He's learnin' trivia and tricks
Havin' sex and eatin' cereal
Wearin' jeans and smokin' cigarettes now

Oh - let the poor boy dream
Oh - livin' make-believe
Oh - let the poor boy dream
Oh - livin' make-believe

I can be you and you can be me
In my mundo, todo el mundo
Everyone's happy and everyone's free
Todo mundo, mundo mambo
Here in my mundo where nothing is wrong
Todo mundo, in my mundo
I'm a lady and you are a man
Mundo mambo, todo el mundo

Oh - let the poor boy dream
Oh - livin' make-believe
In my mundo, todo mundo
Mundo mambo, in my mundo
Todo el mundo, mundo mambo
Mundo mambo, Todo mundo

Oh - let the poor boy dream
Oh - livin' make-believe
Mundo mambo, todo el mundo
In my mundo, todo mundo
Todo el mundo, mundo mambo
In my mundo, mundo mambo
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Классный Дэвид!
Just dropping in to say this is my favorite TH/DB song by far.  
 joempie wrote:

I'm getting so fed up with the amount of Talking Heads and Byrne on RP. I mean, it's OK music, and it makes sense to maybe play one song per week. Then again, it's Bill's station of course, but I do think his taste shines through a bit too much here.



One a week is nowhere near enough. I could live with one a day though. As long as I was around to hear it. 
 joempie wrote:

I'm getting so fed up with the amount of Talking Heads and Byrne on RP. I mean, it's OK music, and it makes sense to maybe play one song per week. Then again, it's Bill's station of course, but I do think his taste shines through a bit too much here.


"maybe play one song per week."

LOL

This is a wonderful album. I played it a thousand times since it was released. Still wonderful!
This was a bit all over the place, not what I expected after the first beats. And I liked it! Also I'm proud that I recognized Byrne's voice before checking.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Are you suggesting that your taste should "shine through" instead?  (With 27% of your ratings at 1, you seem to be fed up with a whole lot.)
 
The poster in question rated "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan as a "1", so hey, maybe you gotta take his ratings with a grain of salt or three.
Was going to see him touring for this album in '89. Then the big earthquake hit California just a few days before and the show was cancelled. Missing the show wasn't the biggest tragedy of the EQ, but it was still a big bummer.
It's 2:00 Friday afternoon on a warm spring day, the windows are all open, the boids are chirpin' and I'm sitting down to work after having a nice tostada lunch. I'm pretty sure Bill knows this and that all I really want to do is take a nap and so he's doing his best to help keep me awake with this one. And I think it's working, except now all I want to do is DANCE!
 Skydog wrote:
I'm sure Mr Byrne has good intentions but he ruins every song with his "singing" 
 
 
Well I don't think there was much to ruin here - this song is repetitive ad nauseam. Could be fun to dance for the first 2 minutes though.
 Bocephus wrote:
I wish he'd get over his Latin music phase. This sux. I'll give him a 2 instead of a 1 cause he was so awesome with the Heads.
 
Speaking 12 years into your future, Mr. Byrne not only gets over his Latin phase, he goes on to create a fabulous Broadway show featuring music from his entire career, including lots of great Talking Heads tunes. The future is so bright, you might need shades.
{#Fire}Mambo madness...
 dwhayslett wrote:

Are you suggesting that your taste should "shine through" instead?  (With 27% of your ratings at 1, you seem to be fed up with a whole lot.)
 
What they said.
mambo squizer I believe. :D
Well I'm giving it an 8. 

 
expatlar wrote:
Now I'm just disappointed in my fellow RP listeners. For this bit of musical fun and genius to be rated so low! C'mon kids, loosen up.
 

Feel bad saying this, but this would be so much prettier if someone else were singing it.  The groove is to die for, and I love David Byrne's voice for other songs, but to me it seems at cross purposes.
Willie Colón performs in this track! That explains a lot!
Cool beans
 maxvonevil wrote:

Not everything David Byrne touches turns to gold... I haven't head this track before, yet I can't get excited over it. Bleh.

 
That's funny, because although I agree not all his stuff is gold, I hadn't heard this one till recently, and I totally love it.
 expatlar wrote:
Now I'm just disappointed in my fellow RP listeners. For this bit of musical fun and genius to be rated so low! C'mon kids, loosen up.

 
Not everything David Byrne touches turns to gold... I haven't head this track before, yet I can't get excited over it. Bleh.

Hot summers day at Central Park Summerstage, 1990 as well.  Must've been 102 degrees.  In the shade.
The whole band in all white, drenched.  Quite a show. 

Jeff09 wrote:
In little old Gainesville, people still talk about the Rei Momo show from around 1990.  Byrne and his incredible Brazilian backing musicians just blew the place away!  It was life-changing...

 


In little old Gainesville, people still talk about the Rei Momo show from around 1990.  Byrne and his incredible Brazilian backing musicians just blew the place away!  It was life-changing...
Now I'm just disappointed in my fellow RP listeners. For this bit of musical fun and genius to be rated so low! C'mon kids, loosen up.
 calypsus_1 wrote:


Mr. David Byrne is talented and is recognized for going "to drink inspiration"  to the root of musics and so diverse, but simultaneously so genuinely beautiful styles, as Latin-American, African, Brazilian, etc., to relate and to point out  here its generosity and opened-spirit, when collaborating to help and divulge authors so distant places and distinct musical areas;  the same type of attitude also if can notice in Paul Simon, Ry Cooder and Peter Gabriel, among others;  this is very positive and including  correct way and to face the world of music;  when homaging in this way the world-music, D. Byrne also got the recognition and admiration of the listeners and the critics, and mine too!

**8 / 9 **

 

Well said  !!


 Mr Byrne is a genius.   
 hippiechick wrote:

At least 2x/day!!!

Ever notice, all of his songs sound exactly the same? The guy only knows 2 notes!

{#Puke}
 
My brain is going to explode! Byrne/TH have a massively diverse catalog. I might at least understand how you got that impression if you put this comment on a track from Stop Making Sense or something, but this sounds nothing like any of his other stuff. Just what?
I'm sure Mr Byrne has good intentions but he ruins every song with his "singing" 
 
Saw this performed live in a small theatre in New London, CT with every soul in the audience on there feet dancing frenetically.
 jagdriver wrote:
  
... but it's well documented across this forum that DB and TH are in FAR too heavy of a rotation (at the expense of other artists whose music is only occasionally heard, if ever) and that the resistance and pleading is well established and growing.

 
Yes, your six years of whining have done ... what, exactly?
 joempie wrote:
I'm getting so fed up with the amount of Talking Heads and Byrne on RP. I mean, it's OK music, and it makes sense to maybe play one song per week. Then again, it's Bill's station of course, but I do think his taste shines through a bit too much here.

 
Are you suggesting that your taste should "shine through" instead?  (With 27% of your ratings at 1, you seem to be fed up with a whole lot.)
I'm getting so fed up with the amount of Talking Heads and Byrne on RP. I mean, it's OK music, and it makes sense to maybe play one song per week. Then again, it's Bill's station of course, but I do think his taste shines through a bit too much here.
David.Byrne 5 by BeverlyMarsh

David.Byrne 5 by ~BeverlyMarsh
Sara
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2009.07.30 David Byrne @ Reggia di Venaria, Venaria Reale (TO).



love life or miss out!!!!
 jagdriver wrote:
hippiechick
(Weekendland)
Posted: Nov 10, 2008 - 10:14 < Reply >


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At least 2x/day!!!

Ever notice, all of his songs sound exactly the same? The guy only knows 2 notes!

{#Puke}

Thanks for agreeing with me, ladies. The Goldsmiths ordinarily do an impeccable job of programming here, but it's well documented across this forum that DB and TH are in FAR too heavy of a rotation (at the expense of other artists whose music is only occasionally heard, if ever) and that the resistance and pleading is well established and growing.
 

I noticed it too.

8.32 Talking Heads - Totally Nude

12.16 David Byrne - Make Believe Mambo

A programming glitch, where TH and DB are viewed as different artists?

Problem is, they sound the same. 

And we're spoiled, because Bill is usually pretty good at avoiding overplay, except when a heavily playlisted artist like Radiohead or Neko Case releases something new.




Mr. David Byrne is talented and is recognized for going "to drink inspiration"  to the root of musics and so diverse, but simultaneously so genuinely beautiful styles, as Latin-American, African, Brazilian, etc., to relate and to point out  here its generosity and opened-spirit, when collaborating to help and divulge authors so distant places and distinct musical areas;  the same type of attitude also if can notice in Paul Simon, Ry Cooder and Peter Gabriel, among others;  this is very positive and including  correct way and to face the world of music;  when homaging in this way the world-music, D. Byrne also got the recognition and admiration of the listeners and the critics, and mine too!

**8 / 9 **


hippiechick
(Weekendland)
Posted: Nov 10, 2008 - 10:14 < Reply >

 Shesdifferent wrote: Must we endure David Byrne every day? {#Beat}
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At least 2x/day!!!

Ever notice, all of his songs sound exactly the same? The guy only knows 2 notes!

{#Puke}

Thanks for agreeing with me, ladies. The Goldsmiths ordinarily do an impeccable job of programming here, but it's well documented across this forum that DB and TH are in FAR too heavy of a rotation (at the expense of other artists whose music is only occasionally heard, if ever) and that the resistance and pleading is well established and growing.
Everybody Mambo!! {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 holborne wrote:
You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that if RP, just for laughs, had labeled this track with the name of some Brazilian musician instead of David Byrne's, the very same people running around saying how badly this sucks would be falling all over themselves to post what an amazing groove it is.

The reflexive anti-Byrne stuff is getting kind of old, guys.

 

I was really enjoying the intro and tapping my feet, then David Byrne's voice came in and I had to hit mute. It's just his voice that gets on my tits, I don't know why - he can at least sing in tune. It's just one of those things, maybe like Marmite. Cred to his inventive songwriting and sense of humour, but I just can't listen to his voice. My loss I'm sure :(


 BoneRoller wrote:


Yeah, the Cuban musicians playing on this need to stop posing {#Confused}
 

A-hahahahaha!
 renlat wrote:
Almost an insult to real Cuban music.
 

Yeah, the Cuban musicians playing on this need to stop posing {#Confused}
 holborne wrote:
You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that if RP, just for laughs, had labeled this track with the name of some Brazilian musician instead of David Byrne's, the very same people running around saying how badly this sucks would be falling all over themselves to post what an amazing groove it is.

The reflexive anti-Byrne stuff is getting kind of old, guys.
 
Not only do I think you are completely right in this, but it is apparent that not only is a little knowledge a dangerous thing, but when combined with a self-conscious, self-regarding sense of sophistication, the result is neither smart nor insightful. I fear that this describes too many listeners.
Obviously, it is not possible to please everyone. However, the general and apparently deeply felt antipathy for David Byrne (at least on the part of a goodly number of listeners here) is a bit difficult for me to understand. For me, he continues to be interesting and sufficiently quirky enough to merit attention. If nothing else, there is no small amount of humor in his music.
You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that if RP, just for laughs, had labeled this track with the name of some Brazilian musician instead of David Byrne's, the very same people running around saying how badly this sucks would be falling all over themselves to post what an amazing groove it is.

The reflexive anti-Byrne stuff is getting kind of old, guys.


This is so strained it's laughable. Like asking Conway Twitty to sing Freewheel Burning by Judas Priest.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Must we endure David Byrne every day? {#Beat}
 
At least 2x/day!!!

Ever notice, all of his songs sound exactly the same? The guy only knows 2 notes!

{#Puke}

Must we endure David Byrne every day? {#Beat}
Sigh . . .   If you must . . .  Can't hurt for more than a couple of minutes.
 renlat wrote:
Almost an insult to real Cuban music.
  

Prefiero mil veces más el mambo genuino a esto.
Would love to see a Reality TV show with David Byrne and Bjork working and doing stuff around real people for a living ... could you imagine them both working at a Dairy Queen?

What kind of items would they create to eat? how would they call out your order? what would they wear?

Its too perfect ... thow in Missy Elliot as a guest appearence and you have TV perfection
i don't want to like this!
Todo el mundo, mundo mambo

DB and Mambo, razors and rum. Why DB thinks this sounds good is amazing. One of the few ones I have given to any RP song.
Love Byrne and TH, hate this.
This album, and his collaboration on the Brazil Classics (Beleza Tropical) added a dimension to DB that catches many folk out. He was SO recognisable as Talking Heads, and thats all people expect him to be. Very very talented fella.
Gotta love this guy.... he's such a talent.
The really great thing is he has this INCREDIBLE brass section, and Celia Cruz, in one of her last recordings
different music, different style, SAME SHITTY VOICE!
madra wrote:
Love it. DB ran a history of Latin music series in his podcasts for a few months, and (sorry, Bill) I loved every minute of it. It's kind of cool to see either where it came from or what he did with it.
What podcasts? Where can I get 'em?
Pyro wrote:
I actually prefer this to TH. Seems David found a groove here.
Can't say I agree with the first statement, but the latter is right on! I bought this album as soon as it came out and it took me a couple of months to enjoy it. I kept wishing it were in Spanish. But, it is what it is. Went to iTunes and bought it all over again this summer! In spite of what many here on RP say, I need MORE Byrne!
I actually prefer this to TH. Seems David found a groove here.
ya gotta love dave's diversity, i thinks it's pretty cool
Love it. DB ran a history of Latin music series in his podcasts for a few months, and (sorry, Bill) I loved every minute of it. It's kind of cool to see either where it came from or what he did with it.
It's fun to play make believe.
renlat wrote:
Almost an insult to real Cuban music.
You may not like DB's take latin music, but he has always colaborated with some of the best world musicians...just look who pops up on the Naked album! I think this album is very well aranged...and the band is tight!
renlat wrote:
Almost an insult to real Cuban music.
....something you can say again!
David Byrne AGAIN????
I wish he'd get over his Latin music phase. This sux. I'll give him a 2 instead of a 1 cause he was so awesome with the Heads.
renlat wrote:
Almost an insult to real Cuban music.
I like this song and I've tried on more than one occasion to upload some Latin music including a couple by Tito Puente but they've all been squashed. So, I suppose if RP listeners actually liked real Latin music it would be on the playlist. Until they're ready for the real deal this will have to suffice...
Almost an insult to real Cuban music.
Why should Byrne not do this, I think it's nice
Quirky fellow isn't he... Gotta Love him.....
What's next Byrne? Vegas?
LOVE that Latin beat! It makes me want to dance at my desk (and my co-workers would think I'm nuts)!
I first heard this coming from a Jeep at Killington, VT after skiing. I asked the guy playing it and had to go buy it. The whole disk cranks!
I'd like to take this opportunity to assert my latin-ness in certifying the awesomeness of this song. Not a "10" awesome, but at least an 8-awesome. When she did "Mi Tierra," Gloria Estefan hired all the awesomest Cuban musicians to back her Cuban ass up, and the album comes off feeling like a Disney World representation of what Cuban music sounds like. Most if not all of David Byrne's Latin music efforts sound infinitely more authentic than a lot of Latin musicians' music. Props.
buddy0407 wrote:
Mundo mambo!
buddy0407 wrote:
Mundo mambo!
agree
David Byrne was great as the TH front in his youth. Sadly, neither of these elements are -- or ever will be -- at play here or forever more. So thankful for their coming together in that place and time, recordings, and Radio Paradise.
hated this phase of DB' music at first ... but that didn't last very long. NAKED became one of my favorite TH/DB recordings next to Remain in Light
I saw him do this album live with a 12 piece latin band. It was unbelievably fabulous!
This is pleasant background music, but little more. It strikes me as unimaginative. Never thought I'd refer to anything Byrne did in such a way, but there you go.
djinnthespazz wrote:
Love the horns!
Latin horns are behind indescribable. Awesome.
Mundo mambo!
Bought this album many years ago, after Byrne's Brazilian compilations came out. Took me awhile to get into it - I kept waiting to hear Spanish, but I got over it. Great album. Now I need to go out and get a new CD of Beleza Tropical. Fabulous album!
I don't know where this one vanished to, but hearing it again makes me happy. I love this song, and it is a great album too (must replace it!).
I'll be in the minority with this comment: This is one of my favorite David Byrne songs. The drums, the horns, the groove, the laid back vocals - it's all heavenly to me. I know there are better songs in this genre and better Byrne songs in his catalog, but this one is one of my favorites. It makes me smile and sway.
davin wrote:
This is badass.
At least that one horn section part was. And then the dude started singing again.
This is badass.
Love the horns!
A fun song, I totally dig it, it's helping wake me up at work too, always a plus.
cute. But it would be much nicer, IMHO, without the mambo coat ....
I've had this CD for a long time, like it, and never listen to it.
I can't stand David Byrne's singing.
Gringo. Byrne would love to be a badass gringo. But he ain't.
mfassett wrote:
First, at least get your facts correct if you're going to insult. https://oror.essortment.com/mambodance_rmcq.htm CUBA. Not "Mexican." Second, I suppose we should also have left the blues to the african people, right... thus, you would be listening to... Benny Goodman! It's so funny when people have so little historical context. If music were left "pure" then the music you love (the great majority of your "10" ratings for instance) would never have happened. Rock and Roll was created because white people liked so-called "black" music... good thing they didn't listen to YOU, eh? :)
You make some very good points, and I concur, but you can't take her (his?) comments seriously. She's (He's) a "cat" maven, an expert on cats, not music. (I suspect we'll have to wait till Bill plays some "Stray Cats" to get something really interesting.)
The music is great but Byrne's vocal style is horribly incompatible with it.
British people shouldn't be allowed to make any latin music. Seriously what was he thinking?
mfassett wrote:
catmaven wrote:
Unimaginative, irritating pseudo-Mexican crud. (Not to mention that most horn playing vexes me anyway.)White boy, leave the Hispanic music to the Hispanics. That field is so crowded already.
First, at least get your facts correct if you're going to insult. https://oror.essortment.com/mambodance_rmcq.htm CUBA. Not "Mexican."
Right. Repeat after me: Mexico is not Cuba. Cuba is not Mexico. Okay? Gringo bruto
I almost, almost like th- oops, too late. Sorry David, maybe next album.
Coctails at the pool - late night dancing and general bad behaviour. I love this song!
is that the sex in the ciy jingle in the background?
We need more of this. Summer calls!
catmaven wrote:
Unimaginative, irritating pseudo-Mexican crud. (Not to mention that most horn playing vexes me anyway.)White boy, leave the Hispanic music to the Hispanics. That field is so crowded already.
First, at least get your facts correct if you're going to insult. https://oror.essortment.com/mambodance_rmcq.htm CUBA. Not "Mexican." Second, I suppose we should also have left the blues to the african people, right... thus, you would be listening to... Benny Goodman! It's so funny when people have so little historical context. If music were left "pure" then the music you love (the great majority of your "10" ratings for instance) would never have happened. Rock and Roll was created because white people liked so-called "black" music... good thing they didn't listen to YOU, eh? :)
David Bryne=demigod of the music world...I wonder if he works at it really hard, if it comes naturally, sold his soul, or just lots of drugs. David if you are out there I am curious.
Essbee wrote:
...Who wouldn't like this?
Add me to that list. If I want to listen to latin music, I don't need some whiney white guy singing some sort of crap over the playing.
makes me want to dance...too bad i'm stuck in the office
Every time I hear David Byrne like this, I wish I liked him better, I dig the song, but his voice really grates on me. He sings everything in 2 notes.
Cool song.
this song is great fun. yes that long plug for Treat'n'Train was rather odd.
cool! now... would you play some Kristy McCall, RP?
rei momo - no doubt one of my favorite albums of all time. def. in my top 5. this song has so many things about it that i just adore... the beat, the fun, the words, it's a great mix! let the poor boy dream!!!
Make Believe Music. Utter dreck. I am heartily disappointed.
Roverfish wrote:
For a skinny white guy, he sure did a nice job of capturing the essence of Latin music.
Well, his rhythm section, maybe. Not sure you can say the same for him and his horn section. (Though, wow can that lead trumpet scream )
Essbee wrote:
Fun and peppy in the office during an afternoon slump. Who wouldn't like this?
me.
Unimaginative, irritating pseudo-Mexican crud. (Not to mention that most horn playing vexes me anyway.)White boy, leave the Hispanic music to the Hispanics. That field is so crowded already.
Fun and peppy in the office during an afternoon slump. Who wouldn't like this?
Loved this CD, saw the tour as well... excellent! David Byrne was partially responsible for my deep foray into brazilian music that continues today.
Great album. I had it on cassette tape and wore it out. Melted in the car or something.
Excellent jam. I'm glad I can hear it here.