Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Talking Heads took a long time to really make a proper fan out of me, but they finally succeeded with the release of Stop Making Sense, both the film and the accompanying soundtrack album. I am concentrating on the album for the sake of this review, but the film is a must see, one of the best concert films of all time in every respect; cinematography, vision, staging, sound…the works. David Byrne, the creative mastermind of Talking Heads, came up with this brilliant idea of staging the show from a blank canvas (he begins the show with a boombox playing a recorded percussion track that he performs with on acoustic guitar, a brilliant version of Psycho Killer). With each successive song, another member of the band appears while roadies roll out risers with drum sets and other staging elements, eventually adding up to the 4 core members of the band plus 5 additional musicians/singers. As great as the visuals are, the whole thing is held together by the incredible songs and performances collected on Stop Making Sense. Pyscho Killer, Heaven, Girlfriend Is Better, Life During Wartime, Swamp, Take Me To The River, Crosseyed And Painless…just flawless post-punk brilliance…and you can dance to almost all of it!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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