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Stop Making Sense (1984)

Recorded over three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater and directed by Jonathan Demme, this 1983 film sees the Talking Heads say goodbye with a concert that is as much performance art as it is live show.

Lacking any sheen at all (stage lighting is kept to a minimum, all shiny objects are painted with a matte finish to remove distractions) this is the definitive Talking Heads recording - more satisfying than any of their studio albums

The "storyline" follows the band building their stage, adding decoration, instrumentation and band members as the set goes on before ultimately saying goodbye forever in a rousing crescendo on Crosseyed And Painless.

Even if you're not a Talking Heads fan there is much to enjoy here as Demme paints a particularly cinematic picture of what a concert should look like. No other concert film ever looked like this.


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