Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

“Stop Making Sense” opens with one of Talking Heads’ most recognizable songs, Psycho Killer, in the form of a tense acoustic cover. The choice to start the concert with one of their most famous songs while also leaving out it’s most famous and recognizable aspects (the bassline) immediately sets the tone for the band in a live setting. This is the best concert i’ve ever attended and it happened 36 years ago and I watched it on my TV at 11 at night. Never has freedom in movement been so effortlessly displayed on screen.

To put it simply, this is the type of energy you could ever fully comprehend while live. However, director Jonathan Demme comes damn close. With pitch perfect editing and sharp camera movements that are always focusing on the right thing at the right time, the energy of peak Talking Heads’ radiates the screen. I dare you to try to look away from the screen. You can’t. It’s impossible. From the slow build up and introduction of band members to the passionate performances amongst gigantic projectors, there is not a single dull moment in the film. It’s hard to choose favorite moments but off the top of my head: Once In A Lifetime-just the whole song-the breakdown in Take Me to the River, and the guitar solo in Crosseyed and Painless. I wish i had a counter for every time  I whispered to myself “this is amazing” or “i can’t believe i’m watching this”.

This is an easy recommendation for anybody who loves music in general. This is truly a performance that only comes once in a lifetime (pun intended) and i’m so glad it’s been immortalized onto the silver screen forever. Now excuse me while I go listen to every Talking Heads record front to back at least twice.

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