Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense. No, seriously.

The title of the 1984 Talking Heads concert video which has been hailed as "one of the greatest rock movies ever made". I concur. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 1983.

I own it. Have seen it at least a dozen times. And it gets better and better the more I watch. After repeat viewings you begin to notice the subtle nuances that make it so great. The slow introductory roll into Pyscho Killer. David Byrne's quirky-jerky style as he shuffles around on stage in his oversize suit. His mannerisms are so well executed that they seem almost scripted (maybe they were). The wild excitement of the backing singers and the raw emotion of the band. It is pure performance art and everyone is having a blast.

I await a Talking Heads reunion with baited breath as individual egos continue to stifle communication. I suppose that (ultimately) a reunion would be too perfect.

Afterall, it wouldn't make sense.

Psycho Killer:

Life During Wartime:

Making Flippy Floppy:

Burning Down the House:

Girlfriend is Better. The title of the concert video comes from lyrics in this song:

Tom Tom Club's party hit, Genius of Love. A side project by the husband and wife team of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz:

And my all-time personal favorite, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody):

Here's an encore in-studio version, because I love the song so much:

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