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"(Nothing But) Flowers" is a song by rock band Talking Heads. It appears on the band's final album Naked, released in 1988. It was released as the album's second single. In addition to the band, the song features Kirsty MacColl on backup vocals and Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, on lead guitar. It peaked at number 79 in the UK Singles Chart.

"(Nothing But) Flowers"
Single by Talking Heads
from the album Naked
GenreNew wave, worldbeat
Length5:39 (Album Version)
4:15 (Single Version)
3:28 (Radio Edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
Producer(s)Talking Heads, Steve Lilywhite
Talking Heads singles chronology
"(Nothing But) Flowers"
"Sax and Violins"



The lyrics describe a world where modern progress has been reverted to a more natural state, due either to a political movement, a global disaster, or by a necessity, such as dealing with overpopulation. While the protagonist may have once been in favor of the transformation, he finds himself now missing the conveniences and culture of the modern world.

Music videoEdit

The song's music video featured innovative uses of typography by graphic designer Tibor Kalman.[1] The band performs in the video with an expanded lineup featuring Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl, Brice Wassy, Yves N'Djock and Abdou M'Boup, all of whom performed on the studio recording of the song. The music video was directed by Sandy McLeod and David Byrne[2]

2010 TED ConferenceEdit

David Byrne performed a briefer version of the song at the 2010 TED conference accompanied by Thomas Dolby on keyboard and the string quartet ETHEL.[3]


  1. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (2006). Stylepedia. Chronicle Books. p. 181. ISBN 0-8118-3346-1.
  2. ^ Template:Https:// =tt cl sm
  3. ^ TED 2010,, David Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby: "(Nothing But) Flowers" with String Quartet., retrieved 1 April 2015

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