"Without Tina Weymouth, Talking Heads would have been just another band": a celebration of Remain in Light

Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads onstage
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty)

“I had played guitar,” says Tina Weymouth, “so we all thought, ‘How hard can this be? There’s only four strings’. That’s how little any of us knew about the instrument.”

There’s only four strings. Tina Weymouth started off like many of us – switching from guitar to bass guitar, seduced by the idea that fewer strings would make it easier – and along the way she helped create some of the most interesting basslines of the new wave era. Not bad for someone dragged into bass playing by her boyfriend (later husband), drummer Chris Frantz, and only given one brief lesson, by singer and guitarist David Byrne.

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Scott Rowley
Content Director, Music, at Future plc

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy of online and print brands like Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar, Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist and more. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock for 10 years and, before that, the Editor of Total Guitar and Bassist magazines. Scott regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club, and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie