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Stop making sense
Talking Heads (Musical group)
Special new edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Sire Records, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (74 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (16 pages : illustrations ; 12 cm)
General Note:
Rock songs from the film by Jonathan Demme and Talking Heads; all songs written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth.

"Contains all the songs from the classic movie plus seven previously unreleased live tracks"--Container.
Psycho killer -- Heaven -- Thank you for sending me an angel -- Found a job -- Slippery people -- Burning down the house -- Life during wartime -- Making flippy floppy -- Swamp -- What a day that was -- This must be the place : naive melody -- Once in a lifetime -- Genius of love : Tom Tom Club -- Girlfriend is better -- Take me to the river -- Crosseyed and painless.
Added Uniform Title:
Stop making sense (Motion picture)
Format :
Music CD


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While there's no debating the importance of Jonathan Demme's classic film record of Talking Heads' 1983 tour, the soundtrack released in support of it is a thornier matter. Since its release, purists have found Stop Making Sense slickly mixed and, worse yet, incomprehensive. The nine tracks included jumble and truncate the natural progression of frontman David Byrne's meticulously arranged stage show. Cries for a double-album treatment -- à la 1982's live opus The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads -- were sounded almost immediately; more enterprising fans merely dubbed the VHS release of the film onto cassette tape. So, until a 1999 "special edition" cured the 1984 release's ills, fans had to make do with the Stop Making Sense they were given -- which is, by any account, an exemplary snapshot of a band at the height of its powers. Even with some of his more memorable tics edited out, Byrne is in fine voice here: Never before had he sounded warmer or more approachable, as evidenced by his soaring rendition of "Once in a Lifetime." Though almost half the album focuses on Speaking in Tongues material, the band makes room for one of Byrne's Catherine Wheel tunes (the hard-driving, elliptical "What a Day That Was") as well as up-tempo versions of "Pyscho Killer" and "Take Me to the River." If anything, Stop Making Sense's emphasis on keyboards and rhythm is its greatest asset as well as its biggest failing: Knob-tweakers Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison play up their parts at the expense of the treblier aspects of the performance, and fans would have to wait almost 15 years for reparations. Still, for a generation that may have missed the band's seminal '70s work, Stop Making Sense proves to be an excellent primer. ~ Michael Hastings

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Library Journal Review

After 26 years, the Talking Heads' landmark concert film finally gets its DVD premiere and is treated to digital remastering and remixing, making an already fantastic film look better and sound clearer. Featuring hits such as "Burning Down the House," "Life During Wartime," and "Once in a Lifetime," the film really shines when this fun and funky band tackles deep tracks that showcase their musicality and energy. David Byrne's ridiculously oversized suit is an iconic image of 1980s pop music, but there is a lot more going on here than sartorial disasters-brilliant music, inspired performances, and an innovative visual approach by director Demme. Eschewing close-ups and featuring lengthy camera shots and simple but striking backdrops, this production is a welcome respite from the jittery, hyper, disorienting MTV-style editing seen in many concert films. It includes three songs not on the 1984 VHS release. Extras include audio commentary, Byrne interviewing Byrne, and the original trailer. Highly recommended for all pop music fans, especially those who prefer bands with talent and boundless creativity.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.