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(The Hollywood Reporter)   David Byrne's American Utopia is a moment of brightness in a dark year   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line
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433 [TotalFark]
2020-10-18 3:29:46 AM  
I wish I wasn't the first person to comment in this thread...  I know of some farkers who were able to see the stage show, and then quite a few more who caught some songs from the SNL appearance.  I think this kind of thing happens often in mid- and late careers of nascent solo performers, but I wish more credit or credit at all had been given to the group and individual members that first created at least a third to one half of his show.  If that's not possible, maybe those aren't your songs to play anymore.  I am talking myself into a corner.

Byrne's great.  He's brilliant, he was especially forty years ago.  He seems to have a problem remembering other people worked with him.  If you can put a little trivial thing like that aside, you can have a good time for certain.  Good music (and good art) is great.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2020-10-18 3:33:07 AM  
I also think that recycling some especially poignant Talking Heads songs in 2020 as if you need to listen again and listen and get it and get up and dance is a little... I don't know.  I've said too much.
 
2020-10-18 3:36:22 AM  
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2020-10-18 3:38:07 AM  
I was supposed to see the show last month in New York. Thanks Spike Lee!
 
2020-10-18 5:10:42 AM  
It seems odd to have a Talking Heads concert without Chris, Tina, and Jerry. Byrne seems to think he did all the work.

I thought the row call of victims of police violence was deeply poignant.
 
2020-10-18 5:10:57 AM  
Naw, we all know Americas are evil. White Americans are eviler, and white male Americans are the evilest.
 
2020-10-18 7:19:34 AM  
What a weird coincidence-I've always had the same thoughts whenever I've listened to 'I Zimbra'!
 
2020-10-18 8:16:12 AM  

433: I wish I wasn't the first person to comment in this thread...  I know of some farkers who were able to see the stage show, and then quite a few more who caught some songs from the SNL appearance.  I think this kind of thing happens often in mid- and late careers of nascent solo performers, but I wish more credit or credit at all had been given to the group and individual members that first created at least a third to one half of his show.  If that's not possible, maybe those aren't your songs to play anymore.  I am talking myself into a corner.

Byrne's great.  He's brilliant, he was especially forty years ago.  He seems to have a problem remembering other people worked with him.  If you can put a little trivial thing like that aside, you can have a good time for certain.  Good music (and good art) is great.


He treated Tina Weymouth like crap even when they were working together.
 
2020-10-18 8:18:23 AM  

Trik: Naw, we all know Americas are evil. White Americans are eviler, and white male Americans are the evilest.


Many of them are doing their damndest to convince us of that.
 
2020-10-18 8:48:13 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: 433: I wish I wasn't the first person to comment in this thread...  I know of some farkers who were able to see the stage show, and then quite a few more who caught some songs from the SNL appearance.  I think this kind of thing happens often in mid- and late careers of nascent solo performers, but I wish more credit or credit at all had been given to the group and individual members that first created at least a third to one half of his show.  If that's not possible, maybe those aren't your songs to play anymore.  I am talking myself into a corner.

Byrne's great.  He's brilliant, he was especially forty years ago.  He seems to have a problem remembering other people worked with him.  If you can put a little trivial thing like that aside, you can have a good time for certain.  Good music (and good art) is great.

He treated Tina Weymouth like crap even when they were working together.


I did find it odd the only name he dropped was Eno.
 
2020-10-18 9:14:29 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Trik: Naw, we all know Americas are evil. White Americans are eviler, and white male Americans are the evilest.

Many of them are doing their damndest to convince us of that.


This.  And I'm about as white as a human gets.
 
2020-10-18 9:18:38 AM  
Is it better than Stop Making Sense?
 
2020-10-18 9:29:08 AM  

kryptoknightmare: Is it better than Stop Making Sense?


From all that I've seen of it, and I've only seen trailers and clips, it looks terrific. I'd still take Stop Making Sense over American Utopia though.
 
2020-10-18 9:31:37 AM  

Demetrius: kryptoknightmare: Is it better than Stop Making Sense?

From all that I've seen of it, and I've only seen trailers and clips, it looks terrific. I'd still take Stop Making Sense over American Utopia though.


Stop Making Sense is the best concert film of all time.  OF ALL TIME.
 
2020-10-18 11:10:30 AM  

Trik: Naw, we all know Americas are evil. White Americans are eviler, and white male Americans are the evilest.


That's nice, dear.
 
2020-10-18 12:11:05 PM  
I had a front row seat during the Boston run.  The problem for me is that bare feet really creep me out for some reason, so I was simultaneously entertained and repulsed.
 
2020-10-18 12:13:37 PM  
I worked the live show when it toured a couple of years ago. Pretty entertaining, and an interesting use of chains as theater legs and wings. The marching band sounded great, and everything was wireless, which can be a nightmare technically.
Great swag shirts too....
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2020-10-18 12:48:15 PM  
David Byrne ignoring the contributions of the other members of Talking Heads? Same as it ever was.
 
2020-10-18 12:56:30 PM  

deadsanta: David Byrne ignoring the contributions of the other members of Talking Heads? Same as it ever was.


He considered them employees. No different than his current roster.

Amazing how many creative artistic people have massive flaws; almost seems like a requirement.

Also:

The subtle narrative shaping, achieved with intermittent philosophical musings and a motivational message, delivers a testament to the values of openness, optimism and faith in our fellow man, even in a time of inescapable anxiety.

Cool to have a 'paid by the pretentious word' gig.
 
2020-10-18 1:54:55 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: deadsanta: David Byrne ignoring the contributions of the other members of Talking Heads? Same as it ever was.

He considered them employees. No different than his current roster.

Amazing how many creative artistic people have massive flaws; almost seems like a requirement.

Also:

The subtle narrative shaping, achieved with intermittent philosophical musings and a motivational message, delivers a testament to the values of openness, optimism and faith in our fellow man, even in a time of inescapable anxiety.

Cool to have a 'paid by the pretentious word' gig.


I know right? I think posterity will be kinder to the group as a whole than Byrne alone, I hope so anyway.  I know one thing for sure; Genius of Love was a better pure pop song, with a better groove, than anything Byrne has ever been involved with.
 
2020-10-18 3:13:38 PM  
I hate that this might be the only way I'll be able to see AU, but my god, I cannot wait. Soon as the GF comes home, I'm putting it on!
 
2020-10-18 5:26:22 PM  
Personally I didn't like it that much live, but I think I was hoping for more Talking Heads stuff.

Also, I am glad to hear from so many fans of the other members of the group in this thread. Tom Tom Club rules and I wish they were still active.
 
2020-10-18 6:54:43 PM  
Speaking of Stop Making Sense.. If you haven't seen it, watch it. If you have, watch it again.

Talking Heads - Stop making sense (Concert) (HD)
Youtube 4xL7Ilh1DFI
 
2020-10-18 10:52:26 PM  
Saw it on Broadway in January & loved it. I liked how Spike Lee added photos with birth & death dates to go along with the names in 'Hell You Talmbout'. And of course, added Ahmad Arberry, Breonna Taylor & George Floyd.
 
2020-10-19 12:28:54 PM  

mjones73: Speaking of Stop Making Sense.. If you haven't seen it, watch it. If you have, watch it again.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/4xL7Ilh1​DFI]


My sister was the show when that was taped. Jealousy. Lots of it.

Also, I just got refunded for my front row tickets to AU in January, so I am NOT getting a kick out of this...
 
2020-10-19 2:56:14 PM  
Stop Being Relevant
 
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