The 40th anniversary of the Talking Heads 1984 concert film and album, Stop Making Sense, will be celebrated in theaters later this year, with the full show being issued on vinyl for the first time on August 18. The collection of beloved songs will be shared as a limited edition two-album set, paired alongside a 28-page booklet with unpublished photos and new liner notes.
Earlier this week, the band shared a post on the band’s social media featuring Talking Heads frontman David Byrne retrieving his famous oversized grey suit from the dry cleaner, after decades of storage. Byrne then rides home on his bike, dons the suit and warms up a little as “Naive Melody” plays over the video, segueing back to his 1984 self from the movie.
The Jonathon Demme-directed Stop Making Sense 2023 arrives via A24, which acquired the film’s worldwide rights. Stop Making Sense captured the Talking Heads as they performed at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983 in support of their fifth album, Speaking in Tongues.
Accompanying the film will be a new deluxe edition of its soundtrack, due out on August 18th via Rhino Records. Available digitally with a Dolby Atmos mix of the complete concert and as a 2xLP set, the reissue is mixed by Jerry Harrison and E.T. Thorngren. Notably, the reissue adds on two previously unreleased performances of “Cities” and “Big Business / I Zimbra,” as well as unseen photos.
Byrne performed his Oscar-nominated “This Is a Life” at the Academy Awards earlier this week, which saw “Everything Everywhere All At Once” win 7 Oscars, including Best Picture. Next, Byrne will provide music for the upcoming John Mulaney Netflix special, Baby J, and his disco pop musical Here Lies Love, about the life of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, which is set to open on Broadway this summer.