* EpicRiff: The bassline of "Psycho Killer".
* FaceOfTheBand: David Byrne.
* FanNickname: Frantz's steady drumming led to the nickname "The Human Drum Machine".
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: NASA played "Burning Down the House" as a wake-up call for the astronauts on Columbia's final mission.
* HarsherInHindsight: {{Lampshaded}} by Byrne when announcing his [[TheWarOnTerror post 9/11]] performances of "Life During Wartime," saying that the song is "more inappropriate now than it was then."
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "Swamp" includes the words [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} "Pika! Pika!"]]
** And in ''Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) David Byrne refers to himself as [[Website/{{Tumblr}} 'a tumbler']]
** [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/mexico-underwater-river_n_3791892.html Apparently there is water at the bottom of the ocean.]]
** "Found A Job", which was about a couple making their own videos that were better than TV, predicted Website/YouTube.
* GatewaySeries: For lots of rock fans, the band is a gateway into {{Funk}} and all kinds of dance music.
* GeniusBonus: Inevitable with a band where three of the four members went to RISD and another to Harvard (Jerry Harrison).
* MagnumOpus: ''Remain in Light''
* NightmareFuel: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7nZwFEeS0A "Unison"]] is a demo that appears on the 2005 reissue of Remain In Light and it's a catchy, but chilling and eerie song that echoes the lo-fi sound of early Devo. It doesn't help that it opens with a sharp, ear piercing synth note.
* SeasonalRot: Set in around ''True Stories''.
* ShoutOut: A possible cryptic one in the video to "Road to Nowhere". Around 1:10...the blonde lion mane...the blue-white striped pullover...the annoyed look...you need freeze-frame to confirm she's NOT Kim Wilde.
* SophomoreSlump: Averted with ''More Songs About Buildings and Food''. Critics and fans consider it one of their best, occasionally even an EvenBetterSequel.
* TearJerker: "Heaven".
* ToughActToFollow: The reason the band never played live again after the tour for ''Speaking in Tongues'', as captured in ''Film/StopMakingSense''. As explained in the "self-interview" available on the DVD, the band would only tour if they felt they had something new to say rather than just supporting a new album.