Thursday, November 26, 2009


Saw this one recently, surprisingly for the first time. What a show. This film is an incredible document of the Talking Heads at their most energetic. Jonathan Demme's got lots to work with here.

He gets out of the way and lets the band do its thing. It was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues.
Some musical highlights include:
The building setlist, especially when they hit Slippery People, Burning, Wartime and Flippy Floppy. I'm a fan of Naive Melody, and the Tom Tom Club performance of Genius of Love is sweet and boppy. Crosseyed and Painless ends the film and we are left with a rich document of a great band.
Highly recommended!!

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