Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime (Official Video)


Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime," from the 1980 album Remain in Light



flakjacket5
Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
Alex Leslie
Fun fact: Tony Basil, the girl who sang "Hey Mickey," choreographed this. Fun Fact: This was choreographed
Jeremy Bell
Sucks that people see any level amount of creativity and immediately think that it’s the product of drugs. Like. How goddamn boring do you have to be.
Orion Ake
David Byrne with his impression of a chronically anxious car salesman losing a fight with the invisible man.
Vethanaus
All of you discussing whether he was on drugs or not whilst i'm just impressed by the fact he kept his glasses on his face throughout this video.
Shariqwa Witwicky
Cocaine's a hell of a drug
Joseph
Done on what looks like a $500 budget, and yet it's still one of the most striking and memorable music videos ever.
日本語テキスト
And you may find yourself...watching this on loop for 5 hours.
Orion Ake
The Talking Heads were ahead of their time
Terry K
There is water at the bottom of the ocean!
Johannes Snutt
Have no idea what the song is about, yet i totally know what the song is about.
corn chip charlie
David Byrne is his own drug
William Clark
I used to work for UPS in NY a long time ago. I was delivering a parcel for "David Byrne", I thought nothing of it as obviously delivering parcels you come across people with famous names quite often. Anyway the guy wasn't in so returned the next day (couldn't just call a contact number back then!) Rang the buzzer of a fairly modest (but nice) block of flats. Guy comes down in a dressing gown looking a bit worse for wear and it was David Byrne! I was a big Talking Heads fan before then but had the moment of when you think "is it actually him?!" I mumbled a bit and didn't know what to do, so I was like "parcel for Mr. Byrne, I'm a huge fan and can't believe it's you" and he responded with "Yeah, once in a lifetime buddy", then shut the door almost immediately. The birth(s) of my children don't even come close to that moment!
Scott Darrington
Fun fact: the chopping motion he does on his arm might just be an insane chopping motion but it's also the ASL sign for "decreasing," so that even as things are the "same as it ever was" they're becoming something less.
SuperDan
It makes me think that its about a guy who's grown up, got a wife and kids who need him and his lifes now all about them and he's not really got time to just live anymore its the same day, day in day out, over and over again. He's not miserable as such but he's just shocked how fast times gone since his youth and realising that his parents were the exact same about him and he's like "well it was the same as It ever was, this has always been the case".
John Smith
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Monica Villada
This is me before every job interview
DEAD PAUL
I dance like this and I never touch drugs
chemistryset1
Heaps of comments about Byrne's relationship (or non-relationship) with drugs. Here is what the man himself had to say in 1992: 'Drugs - I couldn't handle marijuana...it made me paranoid...and quaaludes and bennies and speed and meth seemed so...you know, chemical...physical...definitely not mind-expanding. Tried Angel Dust once: Chris, Tina, and I, and Tina's brother went to a guy's apartment for dinner...an interior decorator by trade...and he gave us all a puff on this treated cig...well, I could barely walk and I sure didn't wanna eat anymore. Scary stuff...but I guess it's cheaper than dinner for six. Cocaine...didn't do anything for me the first couple of times. Then I guess it found its brain receptor cells. Everybody was doing it then. The road crew would deal to the band...probably the only way they made a decent living. Everybody'd yak, yak, yak...to anyone at all...instant friendship for a few minutes. It made me simultaneously very talkative and secretive. Kinda like matter-meets-anti-matter. A problem waiting to happen. Too many late nights (it was usually accompanied by drinking) and spaced out days and soon I decided to stop. So other than a couple 'a wild nights, I stopped. I saw people do funny things. Once, a Hollywood agent came over to the table in a restaurant where Jerry and I were eating...to say hi, I guess. He said hi, told us he represented some mutual friends, and then plonked his head down on the table and fell asleep...out. His girlfriend took him away, but he left a little white packet on the table. Some friends got into heroin. It was cheaper. I tried it. Too strong. I wasn't exactly gonna get a lot of writing done on that stuff. But I guess it was a mythic drug..."be-bop...hard rock"...hip writers, etc. The French loved the stuff...musta thought it was cool. Jerry and I got invited to visit the Hollywood producer Julia Phillips once...Jesus H. Christ!...a real Beverly Hills mansion, and she was in the back office looking like a mad scientist...the place was piled with scripts, records, Bunsen-burners, test-tubes, various highly flammable chemicals and books. A sharp cookie with real no-bullshit eyes and ears, but totally out of control. I'm glad none of us got into that stuff.'
Synchron
This man is simply a vessel for the incredibly powerful beings several dimensions removed from ours. His epileptic movements are caused by his feeble human mind being overloaded as he channels the music of the great beings beyond.
Jafafa Hots
Everyone today watches 1980s videos and thinks everyone was doing acid or whatever, because we are living in one of the most conformist ages in human history now. People now are threatened by art and creativity. Corporate overlords have killed art. I mean, yeah, some of us did do drugs, but still...
xX_TYRANOSEXUAL_SK8ERBOI_Xx
it's like the people that made this just learned how to use the green screen
Romilda Vane
This music. Is once in a lifetime.
gemini16th
My "stressed-out" theme music...
Bunny Lebowski
I had the pleasure of seeing him last night in concert!! 💕
mattmc121
I remember being 13 when this came out on Night Flight and watching it in the same room with my conservative 5o year old dad, who proceeded to lose his shit over it in disgust. His reaction to the video made it so much the better to me. Art is powerful.
Nathan Travis
1:01 when you try to stretch that muscle you just cant get to
VisualSOLUTIONSMedia
Just saw David Byrne 3 nights ago at Miami Beach Fillmore (ninth row).12 musicians, all wearing their instruments. 5 drummer /percussionists, guitar, bass, keyboardist with strapped on keyboard, 2 vocalist/ percussionists. Byrne singing and sometimes playing electric or acoustic guitar. No amps, speakers, gear or stands on stage. Strands of silver beads on sides and rear of stage, people would enter, exit (or play) through them. All dancing and marching around in choreographed steps wearing gray suits and barefoot. New and old Byrne songs, several from Grown Backwards, and about 4 Talking Heads songs including this song, We're On The Road to Nowhere (so appropriate at this time), Burning Down the House (or is it Byrneing Down The House?) and my personal fave, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody). The man is a genius. Still.
Sarah Mary
This is the best thing ever.
Lisa Spikes
When I was young and this song first came out, it was different than it is now that I’m 55!
Taemeister
This is what happens when an accountant tokes a large cloud of meth
Dee Hamilton
I want a man that isn't afraid to dance like this.
Andrew Pappas
This song has probably some of the weirdest/funniest lyrics ever and I love it
FetusTheDestroyer
This video is so trippy I just retroactively failed all of my drug tests
Top 10 Archive
Who needs acid when you have this.. Me, this guy.
jtpro
One of the most defining New Wave bands of the 80's. You can't have a greatest of the 80s album without at least one Talking Heads song on it. There was no middle ground with the Talking Heads either you got them and liked them or you didn't get them and didn't like them.. To this day I can walk up to somebody I know and chop my arm up with my hand and they will break into the lyrics of this song. 😀😀😀😀
Shwa3 Ma3
One of my fav songs when I was a kid. I used to love this video. David Byrne's performance was freakin' awesome. Another example of the 80's creativity.
Daniel Todd
Producer: Hey David how many drugs do you want? David: Yes
Vivekananda Pingali
Remember when songs and their music videos actually had some semblance of meaning?
Carl 'The Bomb' Johnson
Life seems so simpler back then
Matthew Rivera
The following verse of lyrics is absent from this video version, wish I knew why: Water dissolving and water removing There is water at the bottom of the ocean Under the water, carry the water Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean!
Dilly Mackey
How it feels to chew 5gum.
Hans Javis
Idubbz if he had more ambition.
🎭 AudioXVNVX 🎭
exactly my thoughts.........HOW DID I GET HERE???
I'm not a Pumpkin
My favourite talking heads song!!!!
I Need Caffeine Please
Only 1800's kids won't remember 👌
Thomas Barashukis
I always liked him. He's funny. He's like the actor John Galecki of The Big Bang Theory having seizures. I always love their songs.
Ruben Delgadillo
Who else was watching and listening to this on MTV in 1981!
Unicorn Gang
I showed this video to my little sister and she got nightmares from it and i asked why and she said he looked creepy and scares her and i just laughed
Filthy Fucktard
Hahaha Stephen Colbert's mental breakdown after the election.
Jewl of the Nile Jewl of the Nile
I love the Talking heads they were the Bom back in the day,😄
Daion Crumbley
And you may find yourself watching this video
Aisha Santos
I’m the same age of this song lol man I miss mtv and the 80’s
Datsun 100a
Damn 15 second ads. Let me see my 80s music!
Boo Ya
Stephen Colbert's early short music career....
TheOwlCreek
This reminds me of Devo mixed with The B52s
Scien_Tific
Mad respect for him for not dropping his glasses.
Jim Jones
This is why you shouldn't do drugs kids... great song/video tho!
Chris m.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills eating out of Dumpsters.
big papa
Back for my daily viewing.
Bruce Detorres
It's not the drugs it's the reality that blows me away :)
thewhatness
*_[SaMeAsItEvErWaS]_*
Sooperdood12
i'm confused
Daniel Dixon
Jacob rees mogg on acid
Stephanie Dee
If David Bowie and Bill Nye had a brain child.
Music Man
Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Same as it ever was SAME AS IT EVER WAS SAME AS IT EVER WAS
PillowMaster25
It's sad how people are actually believing that people think he was on drugs
Stephen Campbell
Folks this one of those rare occurrences - Pop Music as Art. And Pretty High at that. My God, what did they do ???
Mark Arnott
Memories 👨‍💻 i must've played this every night for ages going to sleep 👍✔ you may ask yourself - how did i get here - Youtube ✔👨‍💻👍am i right or am i wrong some people make mistakes - being WONG ain't one of mine : 😜🤦‍♀️
Starite
same as it ever was s a m e a s i t e v e r w a s same as it ever was S A M E A S I T E V E R W A S
Bastet 73
I love this song !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eric Hauser Sr.
who is gonna find them self in 2019.???? " water flowin under ground..." " same as it ever was..."
DrLight9
Never ceases to bring me to tears.
Tony Bloomfield
I have no idea why but every few months I watch this clip. Maybe it was shot at while the time the cops were trialling tasers for the first time.
noname nosurname
this is a visual description of what having an existential crisis feels like lmao
Marky E
And they say white dudes can't dance 😎
Denver Naicker
to those commenting on the creative aspects of this song and video solely based on a chemical substance consumed, have yet to place themselves or admire another for placing themselves in a situation out of the ordinary, the amount of courage and detachment from worldly social conformity influence, is refreshing, and hard to let go off in the comment section of a youtube channel
Kriber
My science teacher played this once (thats how I got here) and he said that this is a story of a man who feels like a marrionette, like he has no control over his life, and the music itself is super good aside from the message. Also this looks like my uncle and I'm shook
G Allan
Before this - Music was not as good, and after this, Music and videos have never been the same.
Lucky Lynx
1:11 Mark Zuckerburg's first words after trying on his new human body
Elda Zamora
Does anybody Else have the feeling that Reality became as weird as this Video..... wich was impossible to understand back in The 80s ...
frink32
Pay attention to the bass. It plays the same figure in the intro, verse, chorus, bridge chorus and outro...the whole song! That's pretty cool! While the other instruments play different things the bass is static. Bet you never noticed it and you will now never forget it.
holdmybeer
I got my first speeding ticket listening to talking heads.
Denver Naicker
video and song is timeless, i admire the feat that he has accomplished in creating and participating in this video and song, i am ashamed that i don't listen to it often in times of contemplation during anxious events
Jackson Bloom
Me: These edibles ain't shit *2 hours later* Me:
ScemEnzo
Yesterday I discovered this song. This night I couldn't stop singing it in my head. Now I can't stop singing it in my head.
Tina Rota
gold !
No this is patrick
I want to know what kind of drugs do they use to make this music video
Kookie Jar
ᎢᕼᏆᑕᑕ
Shawnee Peace
Dance on brotha!! Haters gonna hate ...
francois couture
this is the official suburban white man living in 2018 song
Mike G
His abs have to be like steel to do that.in the beginning..sweatin like a mutha though.
GetUpStandGreen
1:59 I DIdN't KNoW tHe sOnG WAs sUpPosED tO dO ThAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!? :P :)
Shane McDowall
Talking Heads, the Ultimate College Band.
Black Swan
Great guitar work by the incomparable Mr. Adrian Belew...
Me and my BobbyGee
I'm not disappointed
Beyond_the_Infinite
David Bryne and theTalking Heads were great innovators in alternative music. Very entertaining.
Robert
Omg
Brian Murphy
Through some scientific means or Eldritch magic I need to know what a child of David Lynch and David Byrne would be like.
Dave Long
No matter where you go, there you are.