Sounds from True Stories

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Sounds from True Stories
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 1986
Genre Rock, Tejano
Label Sire
David Byrne chronology
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Sounds from True Stories, subtitled Music for Activities Freaks is the soundtrack to David Byrne's 1986 film True Stories. It was released only on cassette and LP.

The album is not a complete soundtrack recording, featuring only a couple of the vocal songs heard in the movie, with the rest being instrumental music. Byrne's band Talking Heads released the album True Stories, which contained versions of the other songs in the film.


  1. "Cocktail Desperado" – performed by Terry Allen and The Panhandle Mystery Band (2:59)
  2. "Road Song" – performed by Meredith Monk (3:36)
  3. "Freeway Son" – performed by David Byrne (3:02)
  4. "Brownie's Theme" – performed by David Byrne (2:27)
  5. "Mall Muzak" – performed by Carl Finch (5:37)
    A. "Building a Highway"
    B. "Puppy Polka"
    C. "Party Girls"
  6. "Dinner Music" – performed by Kronos Quartet (3:31)
  7. "Disco Hits!" – performed by David Byrne (2:02)
  8. "City of Steel" – performed by David Byrne (3:34)
  9. "Love Theme from True Stories" – performed by David Byrne (1:28)
  10. "Festa para um rei negro"[1] – performed by Banda Eclipse (2:19)
  11. "Buster's Theme" – performed by Carl Finch (2:42)
  12. "Soy de Tejas" – performed by Steve Jordan (2:36)
  13. "I ♥ Metal Buildings" – performed by David Byrne (2:16)
  14. "Glass Operator" – performed by David Byrne (2:31)

"Glass Operator" is an orchestral rendition of "Dream Operator" featuring a glass harmonica; "City of Steel" is a steel guitar version of "City of Dreams", which, along with "Dream Operator", appears on Talking Heads' True Stories.

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  1. ^ "Festa para um rei negro", composed by Zuzuca de Salgueiro, was the song of the 1971 samba champions, the Salgueiro samba school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  2. ^ a b c Mike Daly (2 Apr 1987). "The Age: New Notes". Retrieved 3 November 2013.