Talking Heads were one of the first American acts to make music videos before MTV went on the air. For the Remain In Light
album, they made videos for "Once In A Lifetime
" and for "Crosseyed And Painless." Both were directed by Toni Basil, who in 1982 became an MTV star with "Mickey
." The Talking Heads took a break after releasing the album, so Basil worked with Byrne on the videos. "Once In A Lifetime" is just him, doing odd movements that Basil tweaked. "Crosseyed And Painless" stars The Electric Boogaloos, a West Coast dance troupe Basil was working with. They did a version of breakdancing, with lots of popping and locking.
"Once In A Lifetime" was a huge hit on MTV, but they didn't play the "Crosseyed And Painless" video, likely because the band didn't appear in it.