Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
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Based on 5 reviews
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Based on 144 ratings
1984 Ratings: #2
Liked by 17 people
September 1, 1984 / Release Date
Live / Format
Sire / EMI / Label
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
David Byrne literally improves all of the songs on this.
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
There is no excuse. You're in quarantine. Watch this. Watch this now.
While I watched the movie and didn't listen to the album, it's the same music so it doesn't really matter.

It's honestly a life-changing film. As a performer myself (I sing and play guitar in a band), this expanded my brain. I feel as if I can do so much more on stage after watching this.

Talking Heads is a band that has never really completely clicked for me due to just how out there their sound is. It has always felt repetitive to me, which is surprising considering my love for jam bands ... read more
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Track List

  1. Psycho Killer
  2. Swamp
  3. Slippery People
  4. Burning Down the House
  5. Girlfriend Is Better
  6. Once in a Lifetime
  7. What a Day That Was
  8. Life During Wartime
  9. Take Me to the River
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Added on: April 15, 2013