Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads release their concert movie in theaters October 19, 1984. It’s conceived by David Byrne and sculpted by director Jonathan Demme. His girlfriend, fellow filmmaker Sandy McLeod, followed the band on tour to note how they moved on stage and how it could translate to film. On December 13, 14 and 15, Demme shot their concerts at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

The response from both the public and reviewers are positive. It’s now considered by many to be one of the greatest music/concert films of all time. As well it should be.

Talking Heads’ David Byrne’s favourite artists of all time

the singer continues to take his talents to wherever they lead him, whether that’s to Broadway working on his show American Utopia, he has forged out a career which is unique in every sense of the word that has made him a true icon of music.

Source: Talking Heads’ David Byrne’s favourite artists of all time

Fear of Music

… my identification was so complete that I might have wished to wear the album Fear of Music in place of my head so as to be more clearly seen by those around me.”

Jonathan Letham, The Beards

Talking Heads release their third album “Fear of Music” on August 2, 1979. Brian Eno co-produces with the band.

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Fear of Music: Amazing early Talking Heads doc from 1979 

Weymouth, Frantz and Byrne first played under the name The Artistics. They had an idea of “combining conceptual and performance art with popular music (their sound earned them the nickname The Autistics).” Then a friend suggested the name “Talking Heads” lifted from the TV Guide—which appealed as it had no genre defining angle.

~ Paul Gallagher

Source: Fear of Music: Amazing early Talking Heads doc from 1979 | Dangerous Minds