Midnight Madness: Stop Making Sense

The Talking Heads in <i>Stop Making Sense</i>

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Homework: If you haven't yet, read David Byrne's 2012 book 'How Music Works.' It describes in obsessive, wonderful, Byrnean detail the ins and outs of creating a rock show that changed everything. Released in 1984, 'Stop Making Sense' constructs a concert one piece of a time, beginning with just Byrne singing with an acoustic guitar and building up to full-on ecstatic dance experience. It remains one of the best music films of all time and a beautiful landmark in the legacy of recently departed director Jonathan Demme.

Jonathan Demme revolutionized the art of shooting rock concerts with this innovative and lively record of the Talking Heads during four nights of live performances captured here in all their quirky, New Wave glory. David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Franz and Jerry Harrison tear up the screen with over a dozen of the band's best songs, including "Take Me to the River," "Once in a Lifetime," "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House." Filmed at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles.
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