First released in 1984, Jonathan Demme’s acclaimed concert film Stop making sense featured Talking Heads at the height of their creative and musical powers. The film opens with David Byrne, alone on a bare stage, with a boombox and his big white suit, playing “Psycho Killer”. With each new song, he is joined by different bandmates and an array of equipment and lights, all showing step by step how the concert is created. It’s a fictional film. And this August, it returns to cinemas, restored in 4K resolution no less.
Watch Byrne retrieve his oversized suit from the dry cleaners 40 years late in the official trailer above, then try it on for size. Turns out it still fits…
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