Album Notes - Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (2023 Edition)
Now is the perfect time to shout out one of the great 80s bands with the theatrical re-release to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal concert film. Hi. I got a tape I wanna play...
Four weeks ago I called The Band's The Last Waltz "arguably the greatest concert film of all time." That adverb choice was very much intentional, because the other contender is Stop Making Sense. And the name of this band is Talking Heads.
Without a doubt the concert film I've watched more than any other, their 1984 film is a masterpiece and about to be shown in IMAX around the Northern Hemisphere later in September after a "debut" on the 11th at the Toronto International Film Festival that will feature the four Heads "reunited" for the first time since 1991, save a 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance. Yes, it is in the form of a Q&A, but it's a minor miracle they are all willing to get on any stage together considering the acrimony that has remained since this band's demise, which one non-David Byrne member learned of through a Los Angeles Times article.
Starring David Byrne, David Byrne's Big Suit, cocaine (uncredited), the other Talking Heads, the Tom Tom Club, mounds of coke (seriously, this whole thing is dripping with booga suga), and Bernie Worrell, Stop Making Sense is an hour and a half of awesomeness and features most of the cuts you'd want to hear from the legends. The new deluxe reissue includes “Cities” and “Big Business/I Zimbra" that were not part of the original film. Seven other tracks, delicious versions of "Making Flippy Floppy" and "Crosseyed and Painless" among them, that were left off the 1984 release are also included. Theater details are still scant, but I'm jazzed at the thought of seeing Stop Making Sense on the big screen and highly recommend catching it if it arrives anywhere near you. Regardless, enjoy the album in the meantime.