Friday, 10 June 2016

What we're listening to. Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense'.




Talking Heads were formed in 1975 and ran until 1991 under largely, the creative guidance of David Byrne. 

Generally as part of a New York punk scene but the Band is more avant-garde than that. Probably more 'new wave' (Devo, The Ramones, Blondie). 

The name comes from the typical on camera video interview of just a person to camera - a talking head. 

Stop Making Sense is actually a soundtrack of recorded concert (by Johnathan Demme) from 1984 filmed over 3 nights in a theatre in Hollywood, as the Band were promoting their 'Speaking in Tongues' Album. David Byrne is very visual in a Japanese inspired oversized suit.

'Psycho Killer' is here and it's a classic. 'Burning down the house', 'Once in a lifetime' (you may find yourself...) and perhaps the best Talking Heads song of all, 'Take me to the river'. But there's too much to enjoy.

It's a superb record and as live adds a rawness that only a Band like this could create. You'll see that it starts with just Byrne on stage and then the band fills in. It's also one of the great rock movies of all time.

Stunning in every way. It stops you to listen and the younger Streamabout crew were impressed by something that they'd "never heard the like of before". It's that kinda' thing. Makes you listen to work it out. 

Add it. Get it. 




Previous "listen to's" you'll also find on this blog (you can search them in the Search top left on the Blog)......Lynyrd Skynyrd 'One for the road'; Marvin Gaye 'Whats goin on'; Mercury Rev 'Deserters Songs'; Dave Matthews 'Crash'; Beyonce 'Lemonade'; Prince 'Sign O the times'; Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories'; Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black';Police 'Outlandos D'Amour'; Michael Jackson 'Off the Wall'; Carole King 'Tapestry'; Beatles 'Red Album'; Sex Pistols 'Never mind the Bollocks'; Sam Cooke 'Live at Harlem Square'; The Doors 'LA Woman'; Thin Lizzy 'Live & Dangerous'; Kendrick Lamarr 'Butterfly'; Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace'; Clapton '461'; Massive Attack 'Blue Lines'; The Clash 'London Calling'; Chris Isaak 'At The Filmore'; Bob Dylan 'Street Legal'; Bad Company 'Straight Shooter'; Jackson Browne 'Love is Strange'; Lou Reed 'Transformer'; Steely Dan 'AJA'; Stones 'Black+Blue'; Stephen Bishop 'Careless'; Nils Lofgren 'Night after Night'; Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells'; Neil Young 'Harvest'; Led Zep '4'; David Bowie 'David Live'; Van Morrison 'It's too late to stop now'; Wings 'Band on the Run'; Rod Stewart 'Atlantic Crossing'; Ryan Adams 'Heartbreaker'; Santana 'Essential'; Bob Dylan 'Desire'; Roxy Music 'For your pleasure'; Bob Marley 'Legend'; Stephen Fretwell 'Magpie'; James Taylor 'Sweet Baby James'; Deep Purple 'Machine Head'; Springsteen 'Darkness on the edge of town'; Leon Bridges 'Coming Home'; Eagles 'Hotel California'; Jungle; Aretha 'Soul Queen'; Neil Young 'After the Goldrush' ; Zappa 'Overnite Sensation'; Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours'; Keith Jarrett 'Koln Concert'; Doobies 'Southbound'; Stevie Earle 'I feel Alright'; Tom Waits 'Closing Time'; Pink Floyd 'Dark Side'; Van Morrison 'Moondance'; Eric Church 'Caught in the Act'; Randy Newman 'Little Criminals'; Elton John 'Madman across the water'; Patti Smith 'Horses'; Doobies 'Captain and Me'; Steely Dan 'Can't Buy a Thrill'.