Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stop Making Sense

"Stop Making Sense" is one of the great concert films, right up there with "Woodstock" and "The Last Waltz", and can be credited to the abilities and visions of David Byrne and director Jonathan Demme. The movie is a filmed performance of Byrne's new wave band Talking Heads, which Byrne staged himself. The entire show is bursting at the seems with energy as the band performs favorites such as "Once in a Lifetime", "Got a Job", and "Burning Down the House" as Byrne struts around the stage in his oversized suit in an incredible vocal and guitar performance. He is also given great support by fellow bandmates and onstage guests. "Stop Making Sense" is an immensely enjoyable film that takes us back to time when popular music was innovative and energetic.