David Byrne Is in the House

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Byline: CHRIS MUGAN

TALKING Heads were laid to rest 14 years ago. But the presiding genius of the influential art-rock band, David Byrne, is back with Lazy, a single that could chart as highly as the group's biggest hit, Road to Nowhere, which made the top 10 in 1985.

Out this week on Skint Records, Lazy is a collaboration between Byrne and London-based dance producers X-Press 2. Over their minimal, down-tempo house, his tense vocal is instantly recognisable.

Byrne's lyrics still have the wry humour and weird characters of his classics, Psycho Killer and Once In A Lifetime.

"Open up my mouth/Air comes rushing out" is one of the pithy couplets that delight Ashley Beedle, one-third of X-Press 2, with longterm colleagues Rocky and Diesel.

"Only David Byrne could write a song for a house tune and call it Lazy," he says.

Byrne has been an admirer of Beedle and his fellow producer/DJs since the mid-Nineties. He invited the trio, at that time called the Ballistic Brothers, to support him on his 1996 European solo tour. "We were really flattered," says Beedle, "but we had to tell him we weren't really a band."

The idea of working together came up again when a sound engineer commented that a track XPress 2 were working on reminded him of Talking Heads. …