TMBTB Recreates Stop Making Sense in Chicago

The Talking HeadsStop Making Sense was a hugely successful concert film that redefined the live music experience in the 1980’s.  While the movie was released almost 30 years ago, the show leaves an impression that will always feel contemporary.  I remember watching the film over and over when I was a teenager, trying to figure out why I loved it so much.  It wasn’t until I started writing this article that I finally saw Stop Making Sense as a piece of interactive artwork meant to feel more like a theatrical performance than a concert.

The film is structured like a story or a play with specific props and reactive characters.  While the script of Stop Making Sense is made up of Talking Heads songs, the film’s purpose was not to showcase their music, but to incorporate it into what was happening on stage.  More than almost any other band, The Talking Heads understood the visual element to their music.


Enter This Must Be The Band.

Formed in 2007, this young group of musicians only plays Talking Heads music.  While they mostly stick to all request shows, in 2010 they finally decided to tackle Stop Making Sense.  The goal of the performance is to replicate the concert movie note for note, scene for scene.  While they try to limit the differences between their recreation and the film, a precise replication will never be achieved, nor should it.