Thursday

Talking Heads

Live at the Tokyo Sun Plaza, February 27, 1981

In celebration of the upcoming release of Everything that Happens Will Happen Today, and David Byrne's subsequent and sure to be mind-blowing supporting tour, now's the ideal time to revisit some live Talking Heads at the peak of their powers. Fans of The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads will recognize a lot of the material here, as that double disc set included a number of tracks from this remarkable FM broadcast. Still, it's amazing to hear the spectacle as it unfolded on this particular night. The lineup featured here is nearly identical to the one from the Stop Making Sense concert film, but thanks in large part to the wild lead guitar of Adrian Belew, this incarnation is slithery, less muscular and far more psychedelic than the one that would appear on screen a few years later. My favorites from this show are the selections from the then-recently released Remain In Light, but the reinterpretations of the band's earlier material are all pretty incredible as well. If there's been a better band in the past 30 years, it's certainly not on my radar.

13 comments:

conrad said...

incredible. thankyou.

Anonymous said...

Thanks much! Been looking for some quality Talking Heads with Belew, and I'm glad I found it here.

taro nombei said...

Totally amazing. I caught this tour when it came through Tokyo and it blew me away how funky it was.
I had no idea there were recordings. Many thanks indeed and warm regards from Japan!
TN

Anonymous said...

is there anyone out there that is nice enough to upload this to mediafire? every time i download a zshare link, it downloads for roughly a second, then i get a corrupted file. and i've been looking for this show for a looooooong time.

JR Heat Warp said...

that's a very odd problem, anon... i just tested the download without any trouble at all. fortunately, the fine folks over at aquarium drunkard have recently posted the entire show as individual mp3s, so pay them a visit if zshare keeps giving you a hard time. http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2008/09/02/talking-heads-live-sun-palace-tokyo-1981/

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this material. They were a great, influential band.

earbender said...

damn i'm dying to hear this but can't figure out how to get the download going.

JR Heat Warp said...

Friggin' zshare is a pain in my backside! If the problem doesn't fix itself by the weekend, I'll re-up early next week. Thanks for the heads-up on the bad link.

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Anonymous said...

Nice one!

M.