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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 10:35:40 PM

karmaceutical: It is unique as a concert film... but really more akin to a recording of live theater.  It has specific thematic elements and a level of visual production that many run of the mill concerts don't get.


Run of the mill sure. But nothing ever beats an arena for full blown production with a rock band.

Still Wendall K. Harringtons projections were pretty revolutionary at the time. CSB: The stat machine operator was one of the John's from TMBG.

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: 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


He rode his bike that day and was strangely terrified it would be in someones way. He was so concerned it was going to be a problem for someone. It took a lot of tries but he never seemed to understand the headliner can do pretty much whatever they want to. The exact same thing happened with him at CPSS in 1989.
 
2013-02-04 11:17:10 PM
I once saw David Byrne riding his bicycle near Central Park in the 80's. I excitedly pointed at him and cried, "Look!" to my friends. He glared at me as he rode by. Cranky little bastard.
 
2013-02-04 11:38:24 PM
As a video concert? groundbreaking. As a concept? Interesting. Direction? Pretty Nifty.
However the songs and versions contained therein? meh. I'm not really a fan of post 81 Talking Heads, and the way they perform them in their mid 80's style is underwhelming.
I'd much rather watch "Talking Heads Rome 1980" (see songs on youtube) than "Stop Making Sense".

Also, page-searched for "Alchemy", leave sad that no one else would mention "DIRE STRAITS: ALCHEMY LIVE".
 
2013-02-05 01:13:26 AM

Third_Uncle_Eno: As a video concert? groundbreaking. As a concept? Interesting. Direction? Pretty Nifty.
However the songs and versions contained therein? meh. I'm not really a fan of post 81 Talking Heads, and the way they perform them in their mid 80's style is underwhelming.
I'd much rather watch "Talking Heads Rome 1980" (see songs on youtube) than "Stop Making Sense".

Also, page-searched for "Alchemy", leave sad that no one else would mention "DIRE STRAITS: ALCHEMY LIVE".


My favorite Talking Heads era is More Songs About Buildings and Food through Remain in Light, but I was never lucky enough to see them back then. I prefer their more simple 4 piece lineup, but I still enjoy most of what they did throughout their career. I really love the Rome clips and I'm a huge Belew fan for may years (also Fripp and Crim).

And coincidentally  I'm an 801 Live and 801 Listen Now fan. I think you may be familiar with those albums.

=]
 
2013-02-05 01:19:57 AM

rickythepenguin: 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.


Bravo. I could not agree more on both points.
 
2013-02-05 02:52:41 AM

Foxxinnia: I'm still slightly disappointed that they took  Big Business/I Zimbra out of the film because it's dope as hell.


I'm pretty sure it made the Blu-ray as an extra but in SD (too lazy to check my copy).

Funny to see Alchemy mentioned above.  I've just started watching that after a 10 year hiatus from Dire Straits (I kind of got burned out on them).

My go-to concert discs are:

Stop Making Sense (I watch it 2x a year at minimum)
Prince's Trust Concert; Best 25 years of Pop - Produced by Trevor Horn
Jamiroquai - Live at Montreux (Jamiroqui is one of those bands that's totally flat on a studio recording but amazing live)
Rush R30 (I wish Exit... Stage Left would get remastered for Blu-ray)
 
2013-02-05 06:49:07 AM
I always had a great appreciation for Ministry's "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up". I can't say that watching a band on TV has any other draw to it, though.
 
2013-02-05 09:51:50 AM
Don't Look Back is one of my favorites...but I am biased towards Dylan
 
2013-02-05 02:42:12 PM
The Cure's Trilogy concert bluray is spectacular.

I own a vinyl of Stop Making Sense.... Not sure what is left off the album from the video... well other then the video itself :)
 
2013-02-05 08:00:55 PM
Best concert film.  Just got it on high def so I can enjoy it again.  It's enjoyable as a movie and from the music. Wonderfully filmed and great concepts.  I agree also that "Demon Days Live" is right up there. I wasn't a fan of theirs until I saw that concert and was blown away.
 
2013-02-05 10:16:14 PM

mrmyxolodian: 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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