TALKING HEADS – ” Stop Making Sense “

Posted: March 16, 2023 in MUSIC

The late Jonathan Demme’s iconic Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense” has been acquired by indie studio A24, who are giving it a newly restored 4K transfer for a worldwide theatrical release. The news came via a new trailer for the film featuring the current David Byrne picking up his also iconic Big Suit from the dry cleaners. “It’s been here for a while,” Byrne tells the owner. Byrne puts the suit back on and recreates a few of his classic dance movies from “Stop Making Sense” as “This Must Be the Place” plays in the background.

If the suit still fits… This year, we’re bringing Jonathan Demme’s ground breaking 1984 Talking Heads concert film (newly remastered in 4K!) The full audio of Talking Heads classic 1984 concert film, “Stop Making Sense”, will be issued on vinyl for the first time in August. While it focuses mainly on music by Talking Heads but does include a few songs recorded outside the band: ‘Genius Of Love’ by Weymouth and Frantz’s side-project Tom Tom Club and ‘What A Day That Was’ and ‘Big Business’ from Byrne’s 1981 album, “The Catherine Wheel”.

Meanwhile, Rhino are to reissue the “Stop Making Sense” soundtrack on vinyl and digital, including the first-ever release of the whole concert. That will be out August 18th.

A24 is also the studio that released Everything Everywhere All At Once, which just swept the Oscars, though David Byrne, Son Lux  & Mitski’s “This is a Life” lost Best Original Song to RRR’s “Natuu Natuu.”

David Byrne says it’s interesting that this album was – for many people – an introduction to Talking Heads: “We had done a live album before this, but coupled with the film, and with the improved mixes and sound quality, this record reached a whole new audience. As often happens, the songs got an added energy when we perform them live and were inspired by having an audience. In many ways, these versions are more exciting than the studio recordings, so maybe that’s why a lot of folks discovered us via this record.”

“Stop Making Sense” is reissued on 2LP vinyl on 18th August 2023, via Rhino. 

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