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(Onion AV Club)   Stop Making Sense is a concert film "like no other" and no other band has come close to reaching the same level of awesomeness that Talking Heads achieved   (avclub.com) divider line 111
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2013-02-04 03:19:07 PM

Clash City Farker: Same as it ever was.


Same as it ever was

CSB, I was fortunate enough to see them in a bar.1978

While I agree with the OP... The Rome videos are really fantastic.

What a pretty shiatty band sounds like in Rome  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVIKF03KkVM  Born Under Punches
 
2013-02-04 03:20:57 PM
I saw Byrne at one of those Summer Stage free (or nearly free) concerts in Central Park about seven, eight years ago.  Fine show - lots of fun - but once it got dark and he'd played a bit more, he invited this all-brass band on from the Bronx or Harlem, these black kids with tubas and trombones and trumpets, and they played for about thirty-five minutes or something.  We were bewildered and I'm sure these kids, who probably never saw this many white people watching them at once, were horribly bewildered.  We kept waiting for Byrne to come back on and play with them or something, but he never did.  They did their set, he came back and said, "Thank you! Good night!" and that was it.  They were an awesome, rocking brass set, I have to say.

Kind of weird and cool, y'know?

/CSB
 
2013-02-04 03:24:41 PM
For a great live show go to u-tube and put in 'big country live 1995'. Choose the ones where its raining. Awesome show.
 
2013-02-04 03:25:25 PM

SkylineRecords: but The Last Waltz is a quintessential goodbye to one of the most talented group of musicians ever to perform



if are a Band fan, 2006's "Festival Express" is mandatory viewing.  that chronicles the brief 1970 tour of the canadian west, by the Grateful Dead, Janis, The Band, and a couple of other bands who escape me.  Because it is often thought of as A GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE, many write it off, when in fact the Dead only get about a quarter, a third, whatever, of screen time.  There are several parts with the Band in full 1970 bloom that are just amazing.

i like the Band, for the record.  I'm not a huge fan but I dig them. I just don't care for TLW, at least on the level many say I should.

very entertaiing flick....although Danko is disturbingly drunk/stoned at times.  or is it Manuel?  I forget.  There are parts of them partying with Janis and Jerry and even Jerry has a "dude, you need to seriously dial it down" face.
 
2013-02-04 03:26:17 PM
My favorite concert film is Arriving Somwhere but not Here by Porcupine Tree. Stop Making Sense is my second favorite. The energy level is incredible. I was lucky enough to see them at the Fox in Atlanta during the Speaking in Tongues tour. Definitely one of the best shows I've been to. Tina Weymouth was 6-7 months pregnant but she was still dancing and jumping around.
 
2013-02-04 03:27:25 PM
Soulcatcher:  Tina Weymouth was 6-7 months pregnant but she was still dancing and jumping around.


she basically invented "Nerd Hot", didn't she?
 
2013-02-04 03:27:28 PM
Fond memories of seeing Stop Making Sense at Excelsior Mill in Atlanta while drinking beer underage and eating those marvelous pretzels.

/get off my lawn.
 
2013-02-04 03:32:28 PM
I love watching Life During Wartime from this film.  Not only do I love the song but it puts me in stitches when Byrne starts doing laps around the stage and his "worm" dance.  He may be a bit insane.

That said, there are a lot of Talking Heads songs I don't like but the ones that are good are really good.
 
2013-02-04 03:33:12 PM
I'm not a Talking Heads fan, but SMS is a really good concert film.

My favorite is probably Iron Maiden's Live After Death. The stage set, the incredible precision playing, and THE Bruce Dickinson.
 
2013-02-04 03:34:39 PM
I love "The Last Waltz". I don't get the hate. Great songs, great performances, great vibe, and the studio performances were especially cool. The movie just oozes emotion.

"Stop Making Sense" is brilliant, too - one of my all-time faves. I've seen it more times than I can count. Byrne's performance is so energized it practically leaves me out of breath.
 
2013-02-04 03:41:33 PM

Electric_Banana: I love watching Life During Wartime from this film.  Not only do I love the song but it puts me in stitches when Byrne starts doing laps around the stage and his "worm" dance.  He may be a bit insane.

That said, there are a lot of Talking Heads songs I don't like but the ones that are good are really good.



You put down in succinct writing what I had in mind to double back to put down in more-than-likely-unsuccinct. prose..

this

I don't know why but when i need to psyche myself up, the above does it like no other. It's definitely my fave 6 minutes from their existence,
 
2013-02-04 03:43:23 PM

TheCruxOfTheBiscuitIsTheApostrophe: Fond memories of seeing Stop Making Sense at Excelsior Mill in Atlanta while drinking beer underage and eating those marvelous pretzels.

/get off my lawn.


That's where I saw it too. We even stole the 6 foot poster from the film off the wall.  LOL   We were such the scamps back in those days. That was such a great place to watch movies. We saw Buckaroo Banzai and a bunch of other movies there, too.
 
2013-02-04 03:57:33 PM

rickythepenguin: definitely a top 10 concert movie.  in no order....

Stop Making Sense
Depeche Mode 101
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco)
U2 Rattle and Hum (yes, bloated, self important, self reverential, but some of hte live scenes are just amazingly filmed)
Don't Look Back
Grateful Dead Movie
Gimme Shelter (harrowing)

overrated as shiat:  The last Waltz.  I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaate seeing this on lists.  it is the Blade Runner of concert films.  no one realy likes it, you just have to say you do.


Take out Rattle and Hum and replace it with Live at Pompeii.  U2's live show was one of the best in the 80's but  Bono wasn't content to let their music or even his phenomenal stage presence to carry the film.  It stopped being a concert film when he tried to co-opt Beale Street, Elvis and MLK - that and all the musical guests really detracted from what should have been an amazing document of the band at its creative peak

Live at Pompeii succeeds for all the reasons R&H fails - just the band playing to a non-existent audience against a backdrop that's  both visually striking and a bit creepy - it would have killed any other bands energy to play live in that setting but since they had absolutely no stage presence anyway (which is why they spent more than any other band on lights and lasers)  they played it like any other gig letting the film  focus on the band's music and the remarkable images of a 2000 year old ruined amphitheater
 
2013-02-04 03:58:02 PM

rickythepenguin: SkylineRecords: but The Last Waltz is a quintessential goodbye to one of the most talented group of musicians ever to perform


if are a Band fan, 2006's "Festival Express" is mandatory viewing.  that chronicles the brief 1970 tour of the canadian west, by the Grateful Dead, Janis, The Band, and a couple of other bands who escape me.  Because it is often thought of as A GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE, many write it off, when in fact the Dead only get about a quarter, a third, whatever, of screen time.  There are several parts with the Band in full 1970 bloom that are just amazing.

i like the Band, for the record.  I'm not a huge fan but I dig them. I just don't care for TLW, at least on the level many say I should.

very entertaiing flick....although Danko is disturbingly drunk/stoned at times.  or is it Manuel?  I forget.  There are parts of them partying with Janis and Jerry and even Jerry has a "dude, you need to seriously dial it down" face.


I'll try and look that one up. Thanks for the recommendation. I love The Band.

Danko was pretty much always drunk. Poor guy, he and Manuel are definitely tragic figures.
 
2013-02-04 04:01:34 PM
James Hong has never made a bad movie.
 
2013-02-04 04:01:51 PM

Snapper Carr: Live at Pompeii


i haven't seen that in years....i should review.


Soulcatcher: I'll try and look that one up. Thanks for the recommendation. I love The Band.


yeah, it's pretty awesome.  like i said, as polarizing as the GD are, folks think it is a grateful dead movie when they're actually part of the ensemble.  there are some amazing sequences, perhaps most notably Janis' onstage birthday party.  literally a 3 week party.

yeah....didn't end well (newsflash) for danko or manuel.  darkness.  but good to know Garth is still kicking.  and that Robby and Levon were finally able to patch it up.
 
2013-02-04 04:03:04 PM

rickythepenguin: if are a Band fan, 2006's "Festival Express" is mandatory viewing. that chronicles the brief 1970 tour of the canadian west, by the Grateful Dead, Janis, The Band, and a couple of other bands who escape me. Because it is often thought of as A GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE, many write it off, when in fact the Dead only get about a quarter, a third, whatever, of screen time. There are several parts with the Band in full 1970 bloom that are just amazing.


Hey, I just saw that a few months ago. Absolutely incredible.
 
2013-02-04 04:04:15 PM
I really liked the Kraftwerk live boxset of Minimum/Maximum. I know it's just 4 dudes on a stage with projectors, but It's polish, sleek, and chic. Plus, hey... ROBOTS!!!
 
2013-02-04 04:06:13 PM
If the LCD Soundsystem vid of their last show had more footage from the show and not so much behind-the-scenes self-servitude, It would be at the top, as that LAST show of theirs was awesome.
 
2013-02-04 04:07:54 PM

macadamnut: Hey, I just saw that a few months ago. Absolutely incredible.


yeah, its awesome.  for deadheads it is cool since that is perhaps the best early footage of them.  they played Monterey Pop (1967) but refused to sign John Philipps' film waiver (they told him for months they wouldn't be filmed, he supposedly asked them for the 50th time moments before they took the stage, they told him to fark off), and I don't remember if they were filmed for Woodstock......i haven't seen that in some time.  and the band said they sucked at woodstock which is genreally what the fans say too.

but 1970, they were smoking.  some very rare Pigpen footage.  outstanding stuff.
 
2013-02-04 04:16:23 PM

Walt_Jizzney: If the LCD Soundsystem vid of their last show had more footage from the show and not so much behind-the-scenes self-servitude, It would be at the top, as that LAST show of theirs was awesome.


with you on that - I watched it not too long ago and James Murphy is an interesting cat, and some of the back stage stuff was relevant (like some of the members of Arcade Fire behind the scenes before they came out to sing backup).  but it seemed to lose the flow of the actual show since it pretty much cut away between every song.
 
2013-02-04 04:19:03 PM

Snapper Carr: they had absolutely no stage presence anyway (which is why they spent more than any other band on lights and lasers)


I thought it was because Roger thought everybody should get a good show, not just the people up close to the stage.

I love the Talking Heads in theory...but really only like a handful of songs. Nothing but respect for them though.
 
2013-02-04 04:22:31 PM
Blade Runner sucks, and so does what Robbie Robertson did to the other Band members
 
2013-02-04 04:51:46 PM
Crosseyed and Painless is the shiat from that concert.  Truly phenomenal.
 
2013-02-04 04:51:47 PM

Tyrosine: moothemagiccow: Too bad the Talking Heads suck

You haven't heard a band that sucks until you've heard these guys: Gentle Robot

It's like every bad bar-band cliche combined with absolutely no musical talent.


thanks for the plug, amino acid
 
2013-02-04 04:54:57 PM
Adding Secret World Live to the best concert movies list.

Because this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRLjpXLEp1A
 
2013-02-04 04:58:49 PM

Pardon Me Sultan: I'd add Laurie Anderson's Home of the Brave onto any "Top <whatever>" lists of concert movies.


Nice, and yes. I'm very pleased (and a little surprised) to see this mentioned already.
 
2013-02-04 05:10:32 PM
randomtidbitsofthought.files.wordpress.com

Yes, it's a concert, there's just nobody in the audience except the ghosts of dead Romans.  That makes it *more* awesome, not less.


www.vblurpage.com

"Demon Days Live" also qualifies as an awesome concert video.
 
2013-02-04 05:11:53 PM
This is going to sound crazy, but it's possible to appreciate both The Last Waltz and Stop Making Sense as great concert films.

For my favorite though, I think I'm going with the 2001 Concert for George.

/backs slowly out of thread
 
2013-02-04 05:14:35 PM
well, now it's a moral imperative:

Echoes
 
2013-02-04 05:19:37 PM
Flight 666?

/ I like the SMS
//not so much a concert film but "Jam Econo" was cool.... highly recommend it
 
2013-02-04 05:22:12 PM

busy chillin': well, now it's a moral imperative:

Echoes


I own the DVD, but thanks for the link.  Nice to have on in the background.
 
2013-02-04 05:23:23 PM
www.feelnumb.com
Coulda been a contender..If it were not for the rest of the movie..and better songs. Still the whole rooftop concert is fascinating to watch
 
2013-02-04 05:29:00 PM
Gratitude

Beastie Boys giving a nod to Live at Pompeii...
 
2013-02-04 05:29:55 PM

busy chillin': well, now it's a moral imperative:

Echoes


Thanks.  I too have the DVD.  Absolutely beautiful video.
 
2013-02-04 05:34:15 PM
Cheers! I've seen it twice but don't own it. I should pick it up.
 
2013-02-04 05:34:56 PM
I mean the whole video...I have watched that Echoes video on youtube about 15 times.
 
2013-02-04 05:42:10 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: Still the whole rooftop concert is fascinating to watch


It's too cold to play chords....!
 
2013-02-04 05:57:14 PM
In no particular order:
The Song Remains the same
Pink Floyd Live at Pompei
Queen Live at Wembley
The Who Live at Leeds
Rush in Rio
Live after Death
Concert for Bangladesh
Concert for George
A Night at Red Rocks with the Moody Blues
 
2013-02-04 06:38:56 PM
But all is forgiven when the song ends in a burst of feedback, the camera follows Byrne back to center stage, and Weymouth is already standing there, bass in hand, ready to shift gears dramatically with "Heaven." For some reason, the fact that she isn't shown coming onstage-that the camera doesn't make a point of announcing her presence, simply picking her up in the background "already in progress"-touches me. It suggests family rather than bandmates, and I submit that family is what this movie is ultimately about.

No, it suggests that the Talking Heads always were the David Byrne Experience, and Tina, Jerry, and Chris were just as much sidemen as Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, and everyone else.

/and people complain about Robbie Robertson being an egomaniac...
 
2013-02-04 06:57:53 PM
Yes, this movie was awesome.  I never got to see it until the reissue around 2000.  I was in college, and the campus theater had it, so my first experience was on the big screen.  I was just astonished.

Ebert's review back in the day hit the nail on the head - there's so much JOY in this concert.
 
2013-02-04 07:17:42 PM
It is the BEST concert film of all time in my opinion. OF ALL TIME!
 
2013-02-04 07:18:09 PM
Saw the first night of Stop Making Sense, which was not used in the movie due to some errors during the filming.   It was pretty farking magical.  They were at the top of their game and the combination of the original four and the additional funk musicians made for a super band.

 My favorite time I saw the Talking Heads was on their Fear of Music tour.  The Eno influence was very pronounced and they were a great guitar noise band.

 And while it's not really a concert film, The Rolling Stones' Cock Sucker Blues is something worth watching.
 
2013-02-04 07:28:03 PM
I'm still slightly disappointed that they took  Big Business/I Zimbra out of the film because it's dope as hell.
 
2013-02-04 07:36:08 PM

puckrock2000: But all is forgiven when the song ends in a burst of feedback, the camera follows Byrne back to center stage, and Weymouth is already standing there, bass in hand, ready to shift gears dramatically with "Heaven." For some reason, the fact that she isn't shown coming onstage-that the camera doesn't make a point of announcing her presence, simply picking her up in the background "already in progress"-touches me. It suggests family rather than bandmates, and I submit that family is what this movie is ultimately about.

No, it suggests that the Talking Heads always were the David Byrne Experience, and Tina, Jerry, and Chris were just as much sidemen as Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, and everyone else.

/and people complain about Robbie Robertson being an egomaniac...


 I would agree to that esp in the last Heads recordings " True Stories and Naked " where they were basically David Byrne solo records. Before then it just was that Byrne was the leading creative force in the band but it was still a band. ( although I did hear that Byrne wanted Tina out around the speaking intongues time but her husband Chris would not stand for it,rumours though )

Loves the talking heads and " Little creatures " is a underrated classic IMHO
 
2013-02-04 08:19:52 PM

flux: Pardon Me Sultan: I'd add Laurie Anderson's Home of the Brave onto any "Top <whatever>" lists of concert movies.

Nice, and yes. I'm very pleased (and a little surprised) to see this mentioned already.


Seriously, that pretentious piece of shiat?  I still remember watching it in the late eighties in a tiny East Harlem apartment with a reasonably hot Israeli guy I'd banged the night before drinking Cuervo shots to lose the coke hangover.

"The SUN comes up like a GREAT round HEAD!"

The Israeli got pissed because I laughed my ass off pretty much the whole time.
 
2013-02-04 08:53:30 PM
The Leningrad Cowboys Total Balalalika Show is another concert film that held my attention.
 
2013-02-04 10:10:19 PM

mrmyxolodian: True story.

 
2013-02-04 10:11:52 PM

catzies: mrmyxolodian: True story.


I love that movie so much. Watched it as recently as last week.

Larry! Linda! There's no such thing as weekends anymore!
 
2013-02-04 10:35:29 PM

catzies: catzies: mrmyxolodian: True story.

I love that movie so much. Watched it as recently as last week.

Larry! Linda! There's no such thing as weekends anymore!


I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.
 
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