Talking Heads

Stop Making Sense (Live) [Deluxe Edition]

Los Angeles, CA

Dec 13, 1983

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Show Notes

The Stop Making Sense full concert for the first time ever on vinyl. 2 LP with a reproduction of the original booklet from the 1984 limited edition pressing with additional pages and never before seen photos. Includes brand new notes written by Chris, David, Jerry and Tina. The track list includes previously unreleased tracks “Cities” and “Big Business/I Zimbra”.

The inspiration for Stop Making Sense came when director Jonathan Demme saw Talking Heads perform during the band’s 1983 tour for Speaking in Tongues. Afterward, he approached them with the idea of making the show into a concert film. They agreed and worked together over the next few months to finalize the details. Ultimately, Demme filmed three shows at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983 to create Stop Making Sense.

The concert film presents a retrospective of the band up to that point, with a performance that weaves together songs from all six of its studio albums. The show progresses methodically, opening with Byrne onstage performing “Psycho Killer” alone with a drum machine. After each song, he’s joined by a new band member until Weymouth, Frantz, and Harrison are all on stage with him. The group continues to grow throughout the concert as members of the stellar touring band are added: keyboardist Bernie Worrell, percussionist Steve Scales, guitarist Alex Weir, and back-up singers Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt.


steve 11/15/2023 6:45:47 AM

"greatest concert fil ever and one of the top 5 live albums of all time...pure fucking genius"

Jerry Lesh 8/26/2023 1:37:22 PM

"Just Exactly Perfect"

Eric Whitaker 8/21/2023 11:52:56 AM

"One of the best concert films eva. Reuniting for Q "

Bishop 8/20/2023 5:29:42 PM


Rocking Dreads 8/20/2023 9:24:19 AM

"The fact that all 4 are involved with the reissue/rerelease is a great sign. This would be one of the hottest tickets of the decade and let’s hope the money talks."


Setlist at Stop Making Sense (Live) [Deluxe Edition], Los Angeles, CA on Dec 13, 1983

Set One

Psycho Killer 260


Heaven 221


Thank You For Sending Me An Angel 130


Found a Job 195


Slippery People 241


Cities 215


Burning Down The House 246


Life During Wartime 351


Making Flippy Floppy 280


Swamp 270


What A Day That Was 355


This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) 294


Once in a Lifetime 323


Big Business / I Zimbra 444


Genius of Love 271


Girlfriend Is Better 306


Take Me To The River 333


Crosseyed and Painless 371


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