Radio 82, side A, track 10: “Once In A Lifetime” by Talking Heads

Once In A Lifetime - Talking HeadsOh, Talking Heads, welcome to the blog!  It’s hard to believe that none of your songs have been on here since this blog’s inception, but that’s how things shook out.  Weird.

Anyway, Talking Heads, as I was listening to this one for the first time in a long time, it was really bothering me how I knew this song.  I mean, we all KNOW it, Talking Heads, but it seemed like I had a distinct memory of this one.

And then it hit me.  “Down And Out In Beverly Hills”!  Yes!  This was the song that played during the opening credits.  And I watched “Down And Out In Beverly Hills” a lot, Talking Heads.  For some reason, I think we recorded this one off of TV when it was on one night and so it became one of the movies I would pop in the VCR when I wanted to watch a movie.  I don’t know if I’ve ever actually seen the unedited version of this one, Talking Heads, only the version that was on network television, so I’m sure there were things that I missed, plus as a kid I’m sure there was a bunch of stuff that just went over my head.  I really need to watch that movie again, Talking Heads.

Regardless, it introduced me to a lot of things.  It’s where I fell in love with Elizabeth Pena.  And let’s be honest, it’s where I fell in love with Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte.  And it’s where I fell in love with this song.  At the time it was confusing and scary and made living a middle class existence seem bizarre and frightening.  That hasn’t changed. Rather, same as it ever was.

Call 911!  Call 911!

lyrics to “Once In A Lifetime”

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