Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
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Based on 5 reviews
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Based on 224 ratings
1984 Ratings: #1
Liked by 36 people
September 1, 1984 / Release Date
Live / Format
Sire / EMI / Label
Gary Goetzman / Producer
New Wave, Post-Punk / Genres
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December 14, 1983. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles.

Bundled in a vastly open chamber, there stood darkness. Overlooking the darkness, an ominously dimmed performance stage. Patently unoccupied, not a single soul in sight. Lurking in the darkness: a quiescent crowd, the walls of the enclosure manifestly echoing their soft chatter all around. Concealed in a crowd of thousands, possessing a filming camera, hovering within a gloomy space, Jonathan Demme was a man ready for action. Chucking ... read more
This is filled with brilliant renditions of existing Talking Head songs that are beautifully well done. The live performances are supurb and so fun to watch. David Byrne and the rest of Talking Heads will go down as one of the most unique and creative bands to date. Such a wonderful live album filled with emotion and flavor that I just can't stop listening to it years after I've known about it.
I'm trying to do a chronological Talking Heads binge, but I decided to watch/listen to this before I listened to Fear Of Music. I do not regret my decision in any way. This quickly became one of my favorite concert films ever, possibly only passed by Shut Up And Play The Hits by LCD Soundsystem and Pixies at the Newport Folk Festival. I honestly think the opener, Psycho Killer, is one of the best moments in live music history: just David Byrne strumming his guitar to weird beats on a cassette ... read more
Stop Making Sense is one of the most legendary concert films of all time. Every single aspect of it is iconic. The big suit, David Byrne's insane dances, or the fact that he sings his only love song at the time to a goddamn lamp. You can't possibly make a performance more entertaining. But while the film might be amazing to watch, the music is even better.

The band coming out one at a time resulted in David Byrne having to perform Psycho Killer all by himself with just his acoustic guitar and ... read more
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Added on: April 15, 2013