Is True Stories a musical, a comedy, a documentary, or another Talking Heads film? In retrospect, it’s all of these things and more. True Stories is an oracular film, predicting the changing landscape of Texas while simultaneously capturing America in all its peculiarities circa the mid-eighties.
With his new book Remain In Love Frantz continues his search for different approaches. It’s a look at his time in Talking Heads and his marriage and creative partnership with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club bassist Tina Weymouth. He doesn’t entirely shy away from rock bio requirements—if you want dirt, it has enough of a dark dusting to satisfy—but it’s more a document of extraordinary shows, recordings, and the early days of punk when he, Weymouth, singer/guitarist David Byrne, and Jerry Harrison cracked open the template, building one of the most expansive discographies in all of art-rock history.
The “Slippery” cover, featuring David Byrne on guitar, was a minor hit for the Staples — enough so that it brought the family’s 70 year old patriarch out of retirement. Far from their first rodeo, the cover was also responsible for the Singers fifth appearance on the long-running television monolith that was Don Cornelius’ Soul Train. As covers go, this one feels like a second skin.
This is making the rounds…and for good reason. Talking Heads performing live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, Fall of 1980, in support of the just released Remain In Light . Related: […]
Via Image Oscillate : 1984 BBC Channel 4 production. Hour plus medley of interviews, concert footage and random visual media via David Byrne, who served as the creative consultant.
Stop Making Sense may have the Big Suit, but if you’re looking for the pinnacle of live Talking Heads footage, I’d point you in the direction of this unbelievable show from Rome, 1980. […]
By the close of the 1970s, Talking Heads had come a long way in a shockingly short period of time. After emerging as a minimalist three-piece at CBGBs in ’75 […]
Uh huh, it’s gonna be that kind of party: Staple Stingers ’85 rundown of Talking Heads’ “ Slippery People ” — the club mix. While Pops is obviously the man here – […]
“Lost my shit, trying to act casual.” For years…years…that is what I thought David Byrne was singing on “Crosseyed And Painless” off Talking Heads Remain In Light . Nope. It turned out he […]
I did not upload these myself (looks like they’ve been floating out there in the ether for awhile) but had to share it.
Love both the intro and outtro here. Owns the studio version. Filmed for Old Grey Whistle Test , London, England. Qu’est Que C’est. Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far […]
Talking Heads :: Live @ Sun Palace, Tokyo: 1981
Even today, while traveling in and around the Mississippi Delta , you’ll still hear fabled tales of the old bluesmen selling their souls at the crossroads in exchange for supernatural musical gifts. […]