"Wild Wild Life" is a song by the American new wave band Talking Heads. Released in 1986, it was the lead single from their album True Stories.


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Track Listing[edit]Edit

7": Sire Records / 9 28629-7 (US)[edit]Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Wild Wild Life"   3:39
2. "People Like Us (Movie Version)"   4:23

12": Sire Records / 9 20593-0 (US)[edit]Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix)"   5:30
2. "Wild Wild Life"   3:39
3. "People Like Us (Movie Version)"   4:23
  • vocals on "People Like Us (Movie Version)" by John Goodman

Music video[edit]Edit

The video for the song won "Best Group Video" at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987. Taken from the film True Stories, with some additional content, it includesJerry Harrison parodying Prince. "My favorite T. Heads video, the most fun to make," Harrison recalled in the liner notes of Once in a Lifetime: The Best of Talking Heads. "I always wondered what Prince thought of it."

Actor John Goodman, prior to his fame in the sitcom Roseanne, appeared in both the film and MTV versions of the video. Goodman was also featured on the B-side's "People Like Us", a song which also appeared in the film.


Chart (1986) Peak


Australian Singles Chart 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [1] 25
UK Singles Chart[2] 43
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 42
Irish Singles Chart[5] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 20

Other performances[edit]Edit

The song was covered by Wailing Souls for the 1993 movie Cool Runnings.

The song was also featured in trailers for the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge, at the beginning of the 2006 animated film Open Season, and was included on theOpen Season soundtrack CD.

David Byrne had never played the song live until he and St. Vincent added it to the setlist for their Love This Giant tour. It was played live for the first time on June 11, 2013, at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, with each of the eight-piece brass section taking turns to sing a line of the song twice during the performance.[citation needed]

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