Friday 12/9/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (1984)

Stop Making Sense is a live album by American rock band Talking Heads, the soundtrack to the film of the same name. It was released in September 1984 and features nine tracks from the film, 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.

Limited pressings of the original LP version featured a full-color picture book wrapped around the album jacket; standard 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-color 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 film—coincided with the 15th anniversary of the concert filming.

“Psycho Killer” 4:24
“Heaven” 3:41
“Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” 2:09
“Found a Job” 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” 6:00
“This Must Be the Place 4:57
“Once in a Lifetime” 5:25
“Genius of Love” 4:30
“Girlfriend Is Better” 5:06
“Take Me to the River” 5:32
“Crosseyed and Painless” 6:11

David Byrne – guitar, vocals
Chris Frantz – drums, vocals
Jerry Harrison – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Tina Weymouth – bass guitar, synth bass, guitar, vocals
Bernie Worrell – keyboards
Alex Weir – guitar, vocals
Steve Scales – percussion
Ednah Holt – backing vocals
Lynn Mabry – backing vocals