Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1952. When he was two years old, the family relocated to Hamilton, Ontario.
Around 1960, the family moved to Arbutus, a suburb at the southwest corner of Baltimore where Byrne spent his formative years. Byrne graduated from Lansdowne High School and attended Maryland Institute College of Art for a year. He once said that the song “And She Was” is about a Baltimore girl tripping on LSD.
Byrne attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, who along with Jerry Harrison became Talking Heads.
Once in a Lifetime
And She Was
(Nothing but) Flowers
Burning Down the House
Wild Wild Life
Life During Wartime