By John Huston
If you’ve ever been a fan of Talking Heads at all, then you know that their live recordings are coveted after and it’s easy to understand why. In the last year, Talking Heads has finally released their quintessential live album Stop Making Sense on Blu-ray. It has been called by Rolling Stone Magazine, on more than one occasion, that this is the greatest concert movie ever made. Oddly enough, this concert movie is directed by Jonathan Demme. He directed Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia to name some examples. This concert features my favorite versions of many of their songs. The versions of “Slippery People”, “Life During Wartime”, “Slippery People”, “Girlfriend Is Better”, and “Crosseyed and Painless” are my absolute favorites. These versions are electrifying, intense, and truly show you how unbelievably complex their rhythm sections are. Not to mention, you get to see David Byrne with his famously over-sized suit that adds such a wonderful humor to the theatrics and shows off the eccentricity of the band and the magnanimous personality of Mr. Byrne.
It has been 31 years since the official release of this concert film and I think it has stood against the test of time remarkably well. David Byrne is still making music whenever he can and in 2012 he released an album with St. Vincent entitled Love This Giant that I can say with absolute certainty that is one of the best albums to be released in the last decade. If you get curious, check out this concert film and I promise you that it is money well spent and will be a film you can watch over and over again.
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