Talking Heads Chronology.

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Talking Heads Chronology.

Postby Wickeddoll on November 24th, 2011, 4:53 am

http://www.amazon.com/Talking-Heads-Chronology-Deluxe/dp/B005JJSG94/davidbyrnecom-20?tag=topsmedi-20

From DB's email:

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Though it may not seem it, this little project took years to pull together. I had seen much of this footage, and realized there might be an interesting video timeline of the various manifestations Talking Heads went through. But, tracking down all of the owners of these bits of footage and followed by getting the rights of the material was another matter. Some of the early clips were obviously not commercial—the sound and image can be a little rough in those—but you can see the extremely stripped down version of the band playing at CBGB in those days. These bits and pieces of footage coming together into a cohesive chronology morphed into something very different and impossible to predict.

This was very much a live band—at least until the late 80s. The initial recordings emerged out of what we played live, what worked in that context and how we refined our skills playing together. For a lot of musicians in the digital era this is not always the case. These days, the record often comes first and then how it is staged comes later. The Lester Bangs essay is also very much part of this time. Other than some very specific references, it holds up amazingly well as a passionate and idiosyncratic piece of writing. There’s a reason a lot of writers continue to hold him up as a role model (though I hope they bypass some of the substance abuse). Though his piece is in the form of a record review, it is in truth a beautiful existential rant—and I am proud to be in some way associated with it. Come to think of it, maybe many of these songs are partly something else in disguise as well?

With each iteration of Chronology, you can pretty plainly see what came before as well as a hint of what was to come—all easy to spot in retrospect, of course. There are some fashion don’ts as well as some prescient looks—but what you really get is a sense of how tight this band was. Of course, there is more footage to be found from these sources but I thought to myself, “How many versions of the same songs can one view?” I think the sampler approach gives the viewer a sense of the musical and performative changes we were going through, but without the possibly tedious repetition.

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Re: Talking Heads Chronology.

Postby Aspiemom on November 24th, 2011, 11:47 pm

It's a nice e-mail, but I find it depressing to receive marketing from DB on Black Friday- the United States' orgiastic celebration of holiday shopping as blood-sport. Sigh.
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Re: Talking Heads Chronology.

Postby Wickeddoll on November 25th, 2011, 12:07 am

Aspiemom wrote:It's a nice e-mail, but I find it depressing to receive marketing from DB on Black Friday- the United States' orgiastic celebration of holiday shopping as blood-sport. Sigh.


He actually sent it yesterday

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Re: Talking Heads Chronology.

Postby Aspiemom on November 27th, 2011, 12:27 am

Okay, but it still arrived in the middle of the holiday marketing blitz. That said, the essay is remarkable as a piece of writing- like it should be studied in a class on how to write a riveting essay. The DVD is a hoot too. I saw hairstyles! Chronology is a great title and concept for a TH retrospective. The band sounds great.
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Re: Talking Heads Chronology.

Postby Mr.DRC on November 27th, 2011, 6:21 pm

Aspiemom wrote: That said, the essay is remarkable as a piece of writing- like it should be studied in a class on how to write a riveting essay.


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