“I have to sacrifice something, whether it’s money or name recognition or whatever, in order to be able to do a little bit more of what I’d want to do.”

In a new interview with The Creative Independent, an excellent new site from Kickstarter helmed by former Pitchfork editor Brandon Stousy, David Byrne suggests that a Talking Heads reunion is not something to expect any time soon. (Or probably ever.)

“[A] Talking Heads reunion might be incredibly successful for a specific generation, or maybe for many generations. It would make me a lot of money and get a lot of attention,” he said. “It would also probably be quite a number of steps backwards as far as being perceived as someone who does a lot of different things.

“For that reason, I feel like I have to sacrifice something, whether it’s money or name recognition or whatever, in order to be able to do a little bit more of what I’d want to do. In other words, you can’t have it all.”

Read the full interview here, where Byrne details his new “large scale immersive art piece” Neurosociety.

Byrne is expected to debut a brand new musical about Joan of Arc this spring at New York’s Public Theater.

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