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Saturday, July 28, 2007

wish granted

In my entry for February 3, 2007, I publicly asked David Byrne to issue his 1985 album Music for the Knee Plays on cd. I don't know him personally and I doubt he reads my blog, but, nevertheless, according to his blog, the album will be re-issued this coming October with bonus material. That is excellent news.

Coincidence or not, I am going to try this trick one more time: hey, David, would you also reissue your only other album never released on cd, Sounds from True Stories (1986)? (If not, could you make me an mp3 disc with the songs? Lauren P. has my address. I would be very grateful.)

It never hurts to ask.



Anonymous Daniel Fugallo said...

Reading your post has really made me want to re-watch True Stories, which, depressingly enough, I last saw 20 years ago. It's not available in the UK, but before I get a copy shipped over, tell me, how good is it? (I am aware that in asking you that question about any Talking Heads product, I am likely to receive one of the following two answers: a) it is the central cultural event in our planet's history, or b) it is merely a life-altering work of deathless genius".)

11:00 AM, July 30, 2007

Blogger Jeff Strabone said...

Although I have watched Stop Making Sense endlessly, I, too, have not seen True Stories since the 1980's. I was planning to ask for it for Christmas this year. Perhaps I will come to the UK for New Year's again and we can watch it together. In the meanwhile, I hope you have a dvd copy of Stop Making Sense, which is both 'the central cultural event in our planet's history' and 'a life-altering work of deathless genius'. Then again, perhaps I am underestimating its worth.

4:13 PM, July 30, 2007

Anonymous Mr. M said...

True Stories is well worth the effort. It is precisely what one would intellectually anticipate a David Byrne film to be, which is what makes it so unexpected. It is original.

2:28 PM, August 22, 2007

Blogger Jim B said...

I too wish Sounds from True Stories would come out on any form of digital media, as I prefer the movie versions of the songs over the versions the Talking Heads made.

Of course I prefer songs that tie right into a story, so hearing kids sing Hey Now, whether they were kids from the movie or a choir still fits better with me. Or when Star Wars was remastered and we heard an orchestra playing instead of a more tribal sound like you would expect from the Ewoks bothered me.

As for the movie, I was young when I first watched it, loved it, and had a videotape of it before later buying it on DVD. For anyone that listens to the band, the movie is good, since you are more likely to have enough exposure to culture to find it funny throughout the movie. I know some people that could fall asleep from the movie because they miss some jokes or the style of some jokes fail to make them laugh.

YouTube has a few clips from the movie, focused on the musical portions. Of course it lacks City of Steel, which is what I hoped to find more than most other songs.

Whenever I fill my car with gas on a warm, quiet summer night, I think of the interludes the movie makes time for to show the passing of days, and the calm of those moments (and the low gas price shown in one scene).

In the last few years, I managed to introduce people to the movie that actually recognize the mall in the movie, since they live near Dallas. I just figure, they might have seen the movie before, but maybe they missed it.

11:32 PM, October 12, 2007

Blogger Jeff Strabone said...

The version of Talking Heads' True Stories album in the Brick boxed set has the Pops Staples recording of Papa Legba originally found on the Sounds from True Stories album.

12:08 AM, October 13, 2007

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