A narrated bike-ride through NYC with David Byrne
October 15, 2007 9:06 AM   Subscribe

I have a picture of me in front of Click Here To Download Plugin when it was under construction. Truly an American icon.
posted by DU at 9:22 AM on October 15, 2007

What, no POV videos of him mowing his lawn?
posted by found missing at 9:31 AM on October 15, 2007

Nice link. David makes for a bland guide, but I figured he was terrified of being killed.
Watch out
That truck might run you over
There has got to be a way

posted by boo_radley at 9:32 AM on October 15, 2007

I've always loved Byrne's movie True Stories. Same quirky love for America as in This American Life, only more as a tall tale than a documentary.
posted by Nelson at 9:34 AM on October 15, 2007

I miss riding in Manhattan.
posted by exogenous at 9:39 AM on October 15, 2007 [2 favorites]

On the surface, David Byrne was always supposed to be a bland guy. That was the whole method to the Talking Heads madness at first, really. They were anti-Ramones... what cutting edge rock band was going to wear button up shirts and pocket protectors? That was the point of the art project.

But under the surface, I've always thought the guy was genius. He's never ceased to be an unapologetically creative individual, even when it's boring.

And all of that aside, I also love the wonderful attention he brought to Brazilian music. Of all people, he's the one who really first led me to the music of Celia Cruz & Tito Puente in the 80s.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:56 AM on October 15, 2007

The intimidating b-r-r-r-r-i-i-i-i-n-g-g-g-g-g-g of his bell strikes fear in the hearts of even the most jaded New Yorkers.
posted by The Deej at 3:53 PM on October 15, 2007

Boy, that was disappointing. I like David Byrne, but I was hoping for a tour, not a commute.

He needs to improve his biking skills. You shouldn't pass stopped taxis and buses on the right. Unless of whining about missing bike lanes, just travel at an appropriate speed (fairly easy in congested streets) and take the whole lane. I assume that's legal in NYC?

It's funny to hear him say "people think I'm crazy for biking in the city" and then other cyclists pass all over the place.

Manhattan is a fantastic borough to ride. I recommend touring the whole damn island. Then hit Brooklyn.
posted by mrgrimm at 5:03 PM on October 15, 2007

I just like that David Bryne uses the word "gigan-tor". That makes me smile.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 7:24 PM on October 15, 2007

My friend, Stan Oldak, was a former president of the New York Cycle Club and loved riding in NYC and environs. He died in a Texas bike accident this summer (hit & run) trying to qualify for a bike ride in France. I miss him.
posted by richards1052 at 1:01 AM on October 16, 2007

BikeSnob was less than impressed
posted by blasdelf at 2:21 AM on October 16, 2007

Review of How New Yorkers Ride Bikes.

(Linked on Byrne's site.)
posted by The Deej at 6:16 AM on October 16, 2007

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