ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR BOSTON HASSLE
While music has seen some unexpected happenings over the past couple years (shit, it’s still hard to believe we got some new MBV), the chances of a Talking Heads reunion happening appear just slightly better than the chance of Elvis rising from the grave (or toilet or whatever). While things were rocky for a while, bassist Tina Weymouth accusing front man David Byrne of being “<a href=”http://www.theage.com.au/news/Music/Byrning-down-the-house/2005/02/04/1107476787488.html” target=”_blank”>incapable of returning friendship</a>” (and whatever events led up to it) in 2004 seems to have been all there was left to say.
Though this is obviously a damn shame, perhaps a bit of comfort can be taken in knowing we have the next best thing: <a href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088178/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_41″ target=”_blank”>STOP MAKING SENSE</a>, nearly 90 minutes of Byrne and the gang performing at their absolute peak.
Over the course of three nights in late 1983, director <a href=”http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001129/” target=”_blank”>Jonathan Demme</a> (future director of <a title=”THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS” href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102926/” target=”_blank”>THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS</a>, FYI) managed to capture the funky, spastic genius that had endeared the band to critics and audiences alike. Better still, the three shows used to shoot the film were part of the support tour for <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSEJUkQR6OQ” target=”_blank”><em>Speaking in Tongues</em></a>, an album which marked the band’s arguable high water point. AND EVEN BETTER STILL: it’s got Byrne in his <a href=”http://submit.boingboing.net/2012/03/david-byrnes-big-suit-gif.html” target=”_blank”>big suit</a>.
Join the Brattle Theatre in celebrating this wonderful piece of work’s 30th anniversary this Friday.
<a title=”STOP MAKING SENSE @BRATTLE” href=”http://www.brattlefilm.org/2014/07/11/stop-making-sense/#.U76azbGmWXu” target=”_blank”>STOP MAKING SENSE</a> (1984) [88 min.]
DIR. Jonathan Demme
5 PM // 7:30 PM
7/11 – $ome Co$t
<a href=”http://www.brattlefilm.org/” target=”_blank”>Brattle Theatre</a>
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138