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Stop Making Sense (album)

Stop Making Sense is a live album by Talking Heads, the soundtrack to the film of the same name. It was released in September 1984 and features nine tracks from the movie, albeit with treatment and editing. The album spent over two years on the Billboard 200 chart. It was their first album to be distributed by EMI outside North America.

Stop Making Sense
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 1984 (1984-09)
RecordedDecember 1983 (1983-12)
VenueThe Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
GenreNew wave, post-punk
Length39:37 (LP)
46:29 (CD/Cassette)
74:16 ('Special New Edition' CD)
LabelSire/Warner Bros. (USA/Canada) EMI (Worldwide)
ProducerTalking Heads, Gary Goetzman
Talking Heads chronology
Speaking in Tongues
(1983)
Stop Making Sense
(1984)
Little Creatures
(1985)
Singles from Stop Making Sense
  1. "Once in a Lifetime"
    Released: February 1984
  2. "Slippery People"
    Released: October 1984
  3. "Girlfriend Is Better"
    Released: December 1984

Limited pressings of the original LP version featured a full-colour picture book wrapped around the album jacket; regular versions had many of the pictures (printed in black and white) and captions on the album's inner sleeve. The CD release of the album includes the full-colour book, but it rearranges the layout to conform to the dimensions of a square CD booklet (compared to the vertically-oriented rectangular shape of the LP book). In 1999, a 16-track re-release—with content and sound closely matching those of the movie—coincided with the 15th anniversary of the concert filming.

The album was ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2000 it was voted number 394 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2012 Slant Magazine listed the album at #61 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".

Contents

Frantz stated in the liner notes of Once in a Lifetime: The Best of Talking Heads, "When ["Slippery People"] was originally recorded on Speaking in Tongues, it had a funky and compact sound. This Stop Making Sense version is funky and big as a house. (Or should I say church?)"

"A bona fide classic," opined Neil Jeffries in a five-star review of the reissue for Empire, "a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers ... No other band could do this. No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good." "A timely reminder of the achievements of perhaps the most underrated band of the post-punk age," concurred Q. "From its stripped-down intro ... to the nine-piece finale, Stop Making Sense remains heady, stirring stuff."

All songs written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth except as noted.

Side one

  1. "Psycho Killer" (Byrne, Frantz, Weymouth) – 4:28
  2. "Swamp" – 3:50 (LP) 4:28 (cassette, CD)
  3. "Slippery People" – 3:35 (LP) 4:13 (different mix; cassette, CD)
  4. "Burning Down the House" – 4:14
  5. "Girlfriend Is Better" (Byrne) – 3:32 (LP) 5:07 (cassette, CD)

Side two

  1. "Once in a Lifetime" (Byrne, Brian Eno, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth) – 4:34 (LP) 5:34 (cassette, CD)
  2. "What a Day That Was" (Byrne) – 5:08 (LP) 6:30 (cassette, CD)
  3. "Life During Wartime" – 4:52 (LP) 5:52 (cassette, CD)
  4. "Take Me to the River" (Al Green, Teenie Hodges) – 6:00

Film/Special New Edition Soundtrack

Bonus live tracks "Heaven" and "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" were available as B-sides on various US 7" and UK 12" singles during the album's original release. These versions were released on the Special Edition soundtrack.

  1. "Psycho Killer" (Byrne, Frantz, Weymouth) – 4:24
  2. "Heaven" (Byrne, Harrison) – 3:41
  3. "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel" (Byrne) – 2:09
  4. "Found a Job" (Byrne) – 3:15
  5. "Slippery People" – 4:00
  6. "Burning Down the House" – 4:06
  7. "Life During Wartime" – 5:51
  8. "Making Flippy Floppy" – 4:40
  9. "Swamp" – 4:30
  10. "What a Day That Was" (Byrne) – 6:00
  11. "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" – 4:57
  12. "Once in a Lifetime" (Byrne, Eno, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth) – 5:25
  13. "Genius of Love" (Weymouth, Frantz, Adrian Belew, Steven Stanley) (performed by Tom Tom Club) – 4:30
  14. "Girlfriend Is Better" – 5:06
  15. "Take Me to the River" (Green, Hodges) – 5:32
  16. "Crosseyed and Painless" (Byrne, Eno, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth) – 6:11

Additional personnel

Production

Weekly charts

Chart (1984/85) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 9
USA (Billboard 200 41

Year-end charts

Annual sales chart performance for Stop Making Sense
Chart (1985) Position
Australian Album Chart (Kent Music Report) 10
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) 3× Platinum 210,000^
Germany (BVMI) Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA) 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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Stop Making Sense (album)
Stop Making Sense album Language Watch Edit Stop Making Sense is a live album by Talking Heads the soundtrack to the film of the same name It was released in September 1984 and features nine tracks from the movie albeit with treatment and editing The album spent over two years on the Billboard 200 chart It was their first album to be distributed by EMI outside North America Stop Making SenseLive album by Talking HeadsReleasedSeptember 1984 1984 09 RecordedDecember 1983 1983 12 VenueThe Pantages Theatre HollywoodGenreNew wave post punkLength39 37 LP 46 29 CD Cassette 74 16 Special New Edition CD LabelSire Warner Bros USA Canada EMI Worldwide ProducerTalking Heads Gary GoetzmanTalking Heads chronologySpeaking in Tongues 1983 Stop Making Sense 1984 Little Creatures 1985 Singles from Stop Making Sense Once in a Lifetime Released February 1984 Slippery People Released October 1984 Girlfriend Is Better Released December 1984 Limited pressings of the original LP version featured a full colour picture book wrapped around the album jacket regular versions had many of the pictures printed in black and white and captions on the album s inner sleeve The CD release of the album includes the full colour book but it rearranges the layout to conform to the dimensions of a square CD booklet compared to the vertically oriented rectangular shape of the LP book In 1999 a 16 track re release with content and sound closely matching those of the movie coincided with the 15th anniversary of the concert filming The album was ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time 1 In 2000 it was voted number 394 in Colin Larkin s All Time Top 1000 Albums 2 In 2012 Slant Magazine listed the album at 61 on its list of Best Albums of the 1980s 3 Contents 1 Background and recording 2 Reception 3 Track listing 3 1 Side one 3 2 Side two 3 2 1 Film Special New Edition Soundtrack 4 Personnel 4 1 Additional personnel 4 2 Production 5 Charts 5 1 Weekly charts 5 2 Year end charts 6 Certifications and sales 7 ReferencesBackground and recording EditFrantz stated in the liner notes of Once in a Lifetime The Best of Talking Heads When Slippery People was originally recorded on Speaking in Tongues it had a funky and compact sound This Stop Making Sense version is funky and big as a house Or should I say church Reception EditProfessional ratingsReview scoresSourceRatingAllMusic 4 The Austin Chronicle 5 Chicago Tribune 6 Encyclopedia of Popular Music 7 Q 8 Rolling Stone 9 The Rolling Stone Album Guide 10 Spin Alternative Record Guide7 10 11 The Village VoiceB 12 A bona fide classic opined Neil Jeffries in a five star review of the reissue for Empire a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers No other band could do this No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good 13 A timely reminder of the achievements of perhaps the most underrated band of the post punk age concurred Q From its stripped down intro to the nine piece finale Stop Making Sense remains heady stirring stuff 14 Track listing EditAll songs written by David Byrne Chris Frantz Jerry Harrison Tina Weymouth except as noted 15 Side one Edit Psycho Killer Byrne Frantz Weymouth 4 28 Swamp 3 50 LP 4 28 cassette CD Slippery People 3 35 LP 4 13 different mix cassette CD Burning Down the House 4 14 Girlfriend Is Better Byrne 3 32 LP 5 07 cassette CD Side two Edit Once in a Lifetime Byrne Brian Eno Frantz Harrison Weymouth 4 34 LP 5 34 cassette CD What a Day That Was Byrne 5 08 LP 6 30 cassette CD Life During Wartime 4 52 LP 5 52 cassette CD Take Me to the River Al Green Teenie Hodges 6 00Film Special New Edition Soundtrack Edit Bonus live tracks Heaven and This Must Be the Place Naive Melody were available as B sides on various US 7 and UK 12 singles during the album s original release These versions were released on the Special Edition soundtrack Psycho Killer Byrne Frantz Weymouth 4 24 Heaven Byrne Harrison 3 41 Thank You for Sending Me an Angel Byrne 2 09 Found a Job Byrne 3 15 Slippery People 4 00 Burning Down the House 4 06 Life During Wartime 5 51 Making Flippy Floppy 4 40 Swamp 4 30 What a Day That Was Byrne 6 00 This Must Be the Place Naive Melody 4 57 Once in a Lifetime Byrne Eno Frantz Harrison Weymouth 5 25 Genius of Love Weymouth Frantz Adrian Belew Steven Stanley performed by Tom Tom Club 4 30 Girlfriend Is Better 5 06 Take Me to the River Green Hodges 5 32 Crosseyed and Painless Byrne Eno Frantz Harrison Weymouth 6 11Personnel EditDavid Byrne guitar vocals Chris Frantz drums vocals Jerry Harrison guitar keyboards vocals Tina Weymouth bass guitar synth bass guitar vocalsAdditional personnel Edit Bernie Worrell keyboards Alex Weir guitar vocals Steve Scales percussion Ednah Holt backing vocals Lynn Mabry backing vocalsProduction Edit Talking Heads Gary Goetzman producers Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound NYC masteringCharts EditWeekly charts Edit Chart 1984 85 Peak positionAustralia Kent Music Report 16 9USA Billboard 200 17 41Year end charts Edit Annual sales chart performance for Stop Making Sense Chart 1985 PositionAustralian Album Chart Kent Music Report 18 10Certifications and sales EditRegion Certification Certified units salesAustralia ARIA 19 3 Platinum 210 000 Germany BVMI 20 Gold 250 000 New Zealand RMNZ 21 Platinum 15 000 United Kingdom BPI 22 Gold 100 000 United States RIAA 23 2 Platinum 2 000 000 Shipments figures based on certification alone References Edit 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone s definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time Rolling Stone 2012 Retrieved September 9 2019 Colin Larkin 2000 All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd ed Virgin Books p 149 ISBN 0 7535 0493 6 The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s Hastings Michael Stop Making Sense Talking Heads AllMusic Retrieved February 5 2016 Moser Margaret December 31 1999 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Sire Warner Bros The Austin Chronicle Retrieved September 8 2016 Kot Greg May 6 1990 Talking Heads On The Record Chicago Tribune Retrieved November 8 2015 Larkin Colin 2011 The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed Omnibus Press ISBN 978 0 85712 595 8 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Q 157 144 October 1999 Connelly Christopher November 8 1984 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Rolling Stone Archived from the original on July 24 2001 Retrieved September 8 2016 Sheffield Rob 2004 Talking Heads In Brackett Nathan Hoard Christian eds The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4th ed Simon amp Schuster pp 802 03 ISBN 0 7432 0169 8 Weisbard Eric Marks Craig eds 1995 Talking Heads Spin Alternative Record Guide Vintage Books p 394 ISBN 0 679 75574 8 Christgau Robert October 30 1984 Christgau s Consumer Guide The Village Voice Retrieved February 5 2016 Empire October 1999 Q January 2000 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Sire Records 1984 Kent David 1993 Australian Chart Book 1970 1992 illustrated ed St Ives N S W Australian Chart Book p 304 ISBN 0 646 11917 6 Talking Heads Chart History Billboard 200 Billboard com 2019 Archived from the original on April 4 2019 Kent David 1993 Australian Chart Book 1970 1992 St Ives NSW Australian Chart Book ISBN 0 646 11917 6 Barker Glenn A 15 November 1986 Majors Australia Spotlight Billboard p A 10 Retrieved 10 September 2019 Gold Platin Datenbank Talking Heads Stop making sense in German Bundesverband Musikindustrie New Zealand album certifications Talking Heads Stop making sense Recorded Music NZ Retrieved 10 June 2019 British album certifications Talking Heads Stop making sense British Phonographic Industry Selectalbumsin the Format field SelectGoldin the Certification field TypeStop making sensein the Search BPI Awards field and then press Enter American album certifications Talking Heads Stop making sense Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stop Making Sense album amp oldid 1052566210, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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