Bust Out the Big Suit: Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ Returning to Theaters in 2023
Talking Heads’ classic 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense — Number Four on Rolling Stone’s List of the Best Music Documentaries — will return to theaters later this year with a new 4K restoration courtesy of A24.
To celebrate the film’s big-screen revival, David Byrne participated in a clever promo where the singer drops by a neighborhood dry cleaner to reclaim his trademark oversized suit seen in the Jonathan Demme-directed film. Byrne then bikes the suit home, puts it back on, and tries his best to recapture his “Girlfriend Is Better” dance moves nearly 40 years later.
“There was a band. There was a concert,” the Talking Heads said in a statement. “This must be the movie!” No release date has yet been announced.
In addition to the film’s restoration and rerelease, Stop Making Sense’s 1984 soundtrack will be reissued in unabridged, 2-LP form for the first time on August 18.
The original single-disc soundtrack, released in 1984, only featured nine highlights from the documentary, while a 1999 CD reissue featured all 16 of the songs seen in the film. Along with those 16 songs, the 40th-anniversary vinyl edition tacks on two more performances — “Cities” and “Big Business”/”I Zimbra” — that were otherwise only currently available as bonus features on the preexisting Stop Making Sense DVDs.
The new edition, available to preorder now, also features a 28-page booklet complete with a reproduction of the original booklet from the 1984 limited edition pressing, additional pages with never-before-seen photos, and new notes on the film written by all four band members: Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, and Chris Frantz.
Stop Making Sense 40th Anniversary Edition Track List
1. Psycho Killer
3. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel
4. Found a Job
5. Slippery People
6. Cities *
7. Burning Down the House
8. Life During Wartime
9. Making Flippy Floppy
11. What a Day That Was
12. This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)
13. Once in a Lifetime
14. Big Business/I Zimbra *
15. Genius of Love
16. Girlfriend is Better
17. Take Me to the River
18. Crosseyed and Painless
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