Life During Wartime (song)


Life During Wartime (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Life during Wartime


Artist = Talking Heads
from Album = Fear of Music
Released = 1979
Format =
Genre = New Wave
Length = 3:41
Label = Sire Records
Writer = David Byrne Chris Frantz Jerry Harrison Tina Weymouth
Producer = Brian Eno
Last single = "Take Me to the River" (1979)
This single = "Life during Wartime" (1980)
Next single = "I Zimbra" (1983)
Infobox Single
Name = Life during Wartime (Live)


Artist = Talking Heads
from Album = Stop Making Sense
Released = 1982
Format = 12"
Genre = New Wave
Length = 5:52
Label = Sire Records
Writer = David Byrne Jerry Harrison Tina Weymouth Chris Frantz
Producer = Gary Goetzman
Last single = "Houses in Motion (Remix)" (1981)
This single = "Life during Wartime (Live)" (1984)
Next single = "Burning Down the House" (1983)

"Life during Wartime" is a song by New Wave band Talking Heads. It first appeared on "Fear of Music" in 1979. Its live version from "Stop Making Sense" in 1983 was released as a single, which peaked at #80 on the Pop Singles Chart.

The song's lyrics tell of a civil insurrection in the USA (the cities Houston, Detroit and Pittsburgh are mentioned by name) with the singer commenting on various activities involving an apparent guerrilla movement. ("Transmit the message, to the receiver / hope for an answer some day / I got three passports, a couple of visas / you don't even know my real name.") The singer laments that due to having to live underground, he can't go to night clubs. A phrase from the lyrics, "This ain't no party / This ain't no disco", became a catchphrase in the Punk rock and New Wave music genres.

The song was covered and is used at live shows by Welsh indie alternative band, The Automatic. The song is occasionally played in concert by Athens, Georgia, jam band Widespread Panic. The song was included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.


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