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Talking Heads take Al Green “to the river” with memorable live cover

October 12th, 2020

There’s no party like a 1980s dance party!

The decade of the eighties was steeped in diversity. It was flashy, it was dangerous, and it was courageous. Fashion entertained colorful elements, Nuclear threats loomed over the edge of everything, and music was rapidly expanding into new territory glittered with experimental sounds. Despite uncertainty and unrest, humanity prevailed through it all and people did what they do best–they made art.

Such was very much the case for the sassy new wave band Talking Heads.

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These art-rock heroes made their way onto the scene with undisputed flare, pomp and circumstance.

Nothing quite illustrates the peak of their efforts like the energetic concert film Stop Making Sense.

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Released on April 25 in 1984, this documentary encapsulated the band over the course of three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983.

The result? Possibly one of the best concert films of all time. One watch and you’ll see just what it takes to live and breathe your art, as well as put on a fierce and memorable show.

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David Byrne, the head of the band, was impressed with the outcome himself, lifting up and praising the efforts of the film’s director Jonathan Demme.

“Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities,” said David Byrne in a eulogy, posted after Demme’s death. “They became your friends, in a sense.”

Many documentaries are made, but rarely does one perfectly excel in capturing the blood, sweat, and tears that go into producing such a timeless and vibrant performance.

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The resulting show is a must-watch from front to back, a treat for any music lover.

The show reads as a highlight in its entirety. Any attempts to single out one song or moment are futile.

However, the band’s cover of the classic Al Green hit “Take Me to the River” is a genuine exercise and display of creativity, imagination, energy, and fun.

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The band’s reinvention of the 1974 hit is a party in itself.

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One watch and you’ll be up and grooving in no time!

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Byrne doesn’t hesitate to sing out the familiar lyrics, backed by his energetic band and delightful backup singers.

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The band embraces the original song, maintaining an upbeat groove in the ultimate homage.

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Byrne’s enthusiastic and intriguing vocals are matched only by his eccentric dance moves and facial expressions.

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This almost eight-minute rendition successfully unfolds itself into an extended-play all-out jam that takes its turn embracing every member on stage.

Inclusive and engaging, this performance effortlessly shows the band in its true element, all while paying their respects to another great.

And with almost six million views and 20,000 likes, the internet whole-heartedly agrees.

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Fans have flocked to the comments section, proclaiming their adoration for this epic show:

“Look at this 35 plus year old video. Look at the clothing. Look at the vibe. I swear this could pass as 2019 footage. This man was so ahead of his time it’s not funny. Sit back, bask in greatness, and enjoy.”

“One of the most entertaining, absolutely all time great rock/pop concerts ever filmed. Genius talent and showcasing Talking Heads at the peak of their creative powers as performing musicians.”

There’s no time to lose! Start the dance party in your living room right now and check out this groove for yourself in the video below!

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Sources: YouTube/droehntanne, Far Out Magazine

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