Sax and Violins

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"Sax and Violins"
Single by Talking Heads
from the album Until the End of the World Soundtrack
Released 1991
Format 7"
Recorded 1990
Genre New wave
Length 5:18
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) David Byrne
Talking Heads singles chronology
"(Nothing But) Flowers"
"Sax and Violins"
"Lifetime Piling Up"

"Sax and Violins" is a song by the rock band Talking Heads. It appears on the soundtrack for the film Until the End of the World. It was also released as a successful airplay single and charted at number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The song was later released on the compilations Once in a Lifetime: The Best of Talking Heads and Sand in the Vaseline: Popular Favorites. It was released again in 2005 as a bonus track on the remastered edition of the Talking Heads' Naked.

"The music was written during the rehearsals and recording that led to the Naked LP," recalled David Byrne in the liner notes of Once in a Lifetime. "I wrote the words later for the opening scene of Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World. The movie is supposed to take place in the year 2000, so I spent a lot of time trying to image music of the near future: post-rock sludge with lyrics sponsored by Coke and Pepsi? Music created by machines with human shouts of agony and betrayal thrown in? Faux Appalachian ballads, the anti-tech wave? The same sounds and licks from the 60s and 70s regurgitated yet again by a new generation of samplers? The Milli Vanilli revival? Rappin' politicos… sell your soul to the beat, y'all? Well, it was daunting… so I figured, hell with it, I'd imagine Talking Heads doing a reunion LP in the year 2000, and them sounding just like they used to."

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