This also applies behind the scenes as well. David Byrne, who produced Mesopotamia, was previously lead vocalist and guitarist for the Talking Heads, while Nile Rodgers and Don Was, who produced Cosmic Thing and co-produced Good Stuff, were, respectively, lead guitarist for Chic and bassist for Was (Not Was).
Kate Pierson has guest vocals on two REM songs: "Me In Honey" and "Shiny Happy People", both on the Out of Time album. She also guest starred on Iggy Pop's "Candy" from his Brick By Brick album.
John Lennon was reportedly a fan of the band's debut album. He told Rolling Stone that "Rock Lobster" reminded him of Yoko's music, citing it as his inspiration to "'get out the old axe and wake the wife up!'"
Yoko also became a fan of the band and later a friend - and the band were inspired by her for their song "Don't Worry", to the point where her lawyers thought it was a cover of Yoko's song "Don't Worry, Kyoko" (it wasn't).