Movies » Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing: 'New' 1980s Talking Heads concert footage appears on YouTube



Back in November of last year (thanks to the Music Vault YouTube channel), concert footage from 1980 emerged of the Talking Heads performing 14 songs at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, but it took website Dangerous Minds highlighting the reel last week for it to reach the masses. Rabid, obsessive fans lunged to soak in the beautifully shot documentation of the band's inescapable groove and expand on the short clip many saw from the same concert that Dangerous Minds noted was included in the 2011 Talking Heads doc Chronology. As of this writing, the video has more than 80,000 views – a large number, sure, but it's nothing compared to the nearly 9 million views the official music video for "Once in a Lifetime" has – and my guess is that the 80-minute time-stamp deflects more casual fans' interest. Perhaps the more straightforward footage of a casually buttoned-up David Byrne also deters those more attracted to the quirk than the spunk of the widely acclaimed band.

But it shouldn't. This riveting concert gets ecstatically close to each band member, showing you not only their prowess in tightly zoomed-in shots, but also the infectious energy that enables really rad alternate live versions of Talking Heads' prime songs (which were freshly released that year on Remain in Light), like "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)." Within the same shot, you'll see Jerry Harrison intently focused, fingers moving rapidly but rigidly as if mechanized on the keys, while back-up singer Dolette McDonald buoyantly horses around without missing a note. It's worth it just for the soul-searing Byrne close-ups where he looks right through you, but if you're just in it for his dancing, skip to 35:20. However, be warned: If you miss the live performance of Al Green's "Take Me to the River" near the end, you've officially stopped making sense.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.