TALKING HEADS – ” Capital Theatre Passiac 11th April 1980 “

Posted: January 9, 2015 in MUSIC
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Talking Heads – Full Concert Here’s some excellent — and essential — Friday viewing: a complete, 80-minute Talking Heads concert from 1980 that was shot on multiple cameras.
The show was held at the Capitol Theatre in Passiac, New Jersey, one of the few mid-sized concert halls equipped with in house multi-camera video system at the time.

This Rare concert footage of Talking Heads performing during their legendary Remain in Light trek has been unearthed after 35 years. featuring the“Afro-funk orchestra” and guitar god Adrian Belew. Filmed four years before the band’s concert film Stop Making Sense, this 80-minute performance was taped in stark black-and-white at Passiac, New Jersey’s Capitol Theatre on November 4, 1980. The show came less than a month after the quartet released their landmark Remain in Light, and five of the gig’s 14 songs are culled from that album.

Songs like “Houses In Motion” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” take on a rawer, more frenetic guise on the stage, with the Talking Heads – then at the peak of their powers – aided onstage by King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, who contributes Fripp-ian guitar to the Remain in Light tracks. Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell – who performed with the Talking Heads live throughout the Eighties – also appeared at the Passaic show.

Watch the video below via the Music Vault, a site that has remastered and uploaded thousands of old concert videos.
Setlist:
0:00:00 – Psycho Killer, 0:05:45 – Warning Sign, 0:11:34 – Stay Hungry, 0:15:25 – Cities, 0:20:10 – I Zimbra, 0:24:41 – Drugs
0:29:23 – Once In A Lifetime, 0:35:11 – Animals, 0:39:28 – Houses In Motion, 0:45:56 – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
0:53:05 – Crosseyed And Painless, 0:59:30 – Life During Wartime, 1:04:56 – Take Me To The River, 1:11:02 – The Great Curve

Recorded Live: 11/4/1980 – Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ)

For me, the apex of the Talking Heads’ career was, hands down, Remain in Light and the subsequent tour with the expanded “Afro-funk orchestra”  line-up featuring future King Crimson guitar god Adrian Belew wringing all kinds of impossible noises out of his guitar. When the band released their (excellent) Chronology DVD in 2011, it included a clip of an astonishing 1980 performance of “Crosseyed and Painless” taped at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, probably one of the few mid-sized concert halls of that era to have installed a multi-camera video system. Where there’s one number, there tends to be, you know, an entire show, as I and many other Talking Heads fans mused upon seeing that tantalizing excerpt and now the whole thing was posted recently at the Talking Heads page at Music Vault.

Setlist:
0:00:00 – Psycho Killer
0:05:45 – Warning Sign
0:11:34 – Stay Hungry
0:15:25 – Cities
0:20:10 – I Zimbra
0:24:41 – Drugs
0:29:23 – Once In A Lifetime
0:35:11 – Animals
0:39:28 – Houses In Motion
0:45:56 – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
0:53:05 – Crosseyed And Painless
0:59:30 – Life During Wartime
1:04:56 – Take Me To The River
1:11:02 – The Great Curve

Personnel:
David Byrne – lead vocals, guitar
Jerry Harrison – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Tina Weymouth – bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals
Chris Frantz – drums, vocals
Adrian Belew – lead guitar, vocals
Bernie Worrell – keyboards
Busta Cherry Jones – bass
Steve Scales – percussion
Dolette McDonald – vocals

This setlist is as good as any Talking Heads show ever got and the build up to the synapse-burning finale of “The Great Curve” makes this my favorite long form Talking Heads show.  This is so… fresh and joyful sounding. Timeless. If this doesn’t provide you with some sort of MASSIVE eargasm, you simply don’t like music. Or maybe you fear it?

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