Selena Gomez’s New Song Samples Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” and It Slaps
Written by Lauren O'Neill
Every so often something happens that feels so exactly tailored to my interests that I might as well have personally dreamed it. This is exactly how I feel about the fact that "Bad Liar," the newest release from Selena Gomez, 8/10 popstar and #aesthetic maven, samples Talking Heads.
Specifically, the song (hear it above)—which is otherwise a straightforward, if fairly chill pop track very much in Gomez's sexy, breathy wheelhouse—borrows Tina Weymouth's bassline from "Psycho Killer," making it the main feature alongside the vocals. Unsurprisingly, it sounds actually kind of great, and apparently David Byrne thinks so too, which is a relief.
Billboard reports that Gomez's label, Interscope, played the track for Byrne and he approved it for use, and when they contacted a rep for Byrne, they concurred, stating that he "wholeheartedly gave his permission." David Byrne seems like a very nice man, to be honest, so it's not a surprise, and the thought of him listening to Selena Gomez is one that will cheer me for days to come.