This Must Be The Place

With the four original Talking Heads members reuniting for its 40th anniversary, we bring Stop Making Sense back to big screen for one special party.

Not since Martin Scorsese’s account of The Band’s last stand with The Last Waltz in 1978 has a concert film used the cinematic gift of sound and vision to such thrilling effect as Stop Making Sense.

Jonathan Demme’s recording of Talking Heads’ three December 1983 nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater capturED a show that was as much theatre as rock agus roll.

It helped, of course, that Talking Heads were not your average rock band, their manifestation from CBGBs choppy-guitar-driven faves to Fela Kuti’s great Afrobeat pretenders ensuring a show that charted the progress of four musicians under a series of ever-evolving grooves. All aided and abetted by that wonderful wizard of odd, Brian Eno.

The fact that Demme’s live concert film plays like out like the soundtrack to a great party might explain why Stop Making Sense played in late night cinemas in Dublin for years. And why it’s now being re-released in a shiny new print, the four original Talking Heads members – David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz – breaking bread together for the first time in decades for the Toronto premiere.

Suffice to say, Stop Making Sense is still a trip, and it pretty much is a party, and a disco. So, be sure to bring your dancing shoes. And your drinking pants.

Screening on Thursday, November 9th at 8pm, you can find out more here:


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