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With African percussion rhythms augmented by synthesizers, this song was the brainchild of Brian Eno, who produced the Talking Heads Fear of Music album. Eno came up with similar sounds for his 1974 album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).

As for the lyrics, they came about when Eno suggested to David Byrne that he adapt the poem Gadji beri bimba by the German Dadaist writer Hugo Ball. Eno, Byrne and Ball are the credited writers on the song.

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  • Avatar for ForestFloor
    fear of i zimbra? doesn't work so well with this one. great song though.
  • Avatar for MilitaryTwoStep
    due to his aryan genes david byrne is capable of evoking the soul and heart of affikan music to greater effect than the affikans themselves
  • Avatar for davidbowiegirl
    Good song
  • Avatar for PresidentLeever
    CULTURAL APPROPRIATION MUUUCH?
  • Avatar for CrispyDragons
    @godwand: Not the same Gene Wilder. I like this song a lot.
  • Avatar for JamesHippieKid
    Awesome opener!
  • Avatar for heaventree22
    @princessofpeach: hahahahaha i like that
  • Avatar for princessofpeach
    this sounds like an opening to the cosby show
  • Avatar for godwand
    know what makes this song even more awesome? Gene Wilder played the bongos on it. GENE motherfucking WILDER.
  • Avatar for TerryK
    Hmmm, this could almost fit on King Crimson's Discipline album.

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