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‘Big Love’ finds harmony with rock-star composer David Byrne

David ByrneWhen ‘Big Love’ creators Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer decided to play ‘Blue Hawaii’ as the out song on their season-two premiere, Olsen saw the perfect opportunity to spotlight the show’s new composer, Talking Heads front man David Byrne. Predictably, the test drive blew their hair back. Byrne’s stripped-down cover of the song, intended as a placeholder until he could refine it in the studio, struck every chord they could think of. “It had irony, it had heart, it had nostalgia,” Olsen says. “It had everything we wanted baked into that moment.”

After Byrne worked up a more complex iteration of the piece, Olsen and Scheffer fell into the unenviable position of telling a pop-culture luminary that they preferred his earlier work. Luckily, Scheffer says, Byrne’s ear saved them the discomfort. “It was kind of funny because we didn’t really know what to say. Then David wrote us back and said, ‘You know, I like the first version the best.'”

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Written by Steve

November 6, 2008 at 6:40 am

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