Stop Making Sense

Release date
7 Sep 1999
Running length
16 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Psycho Killer 4:28 423,766
2 Heaven 3:41 141,947
3 Thank You for Sending Me an Angel 2:10 99,518
4 Found a Job 4:59 118,758
5 Slippery People (Live) 4:11 29,392
6 Burning Down the House 4:00 375,916
7 Life During Wartime 5:44 173,067
8 Making Flippy Floppy 4:40 91,417
9 Swamp 5:14 104,443
10 What a Day That Was 6:00 53,251
11 Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place) 4:56 1,376
12 Once in a Lifetime 4:19 369,855
13 Genius of Love 7:25 9,547
14 Girlfriend Is Better 4:26 133,650
15 Take Me to the River 5:33 215,029
16 Crosseyed and Painless 4:44 173,695

About this album

Stop Making Sense is 1984 album by Talking Heads, the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The album features only nine of the songs from the movie, many of them heavily edited. The album spent over two years (118 weeks) on the Billboard 200 chart.

Byrne’s intention was not to make a traditional soundtrack album, but to have it be a separate experience. Limited pressings of the original LP version featured a full color picture book wrapped around the album jacket. Regular versions had many of the pictures and captions on the album’s inner sleeve. In 1999, to correspond with the theatrical re-release of the movie, the album was extended and remastered, restoring all of the songs from the movie with only very minor edits. The newly included tracks feature Frantz’s original drumming from the concert recordings. In 2003, the album was ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Track listing
All songs written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth except as noted.

Side one
“Psycho Killer” (Byrne, Frantz, Weymouth) – 4:28
“Swamp” – 3:50 (LP) 4:28 (cassette, CD)
“Slippery People” – 3:35 (LP) 4:13 (different mix; cassette, CD)
“Burning Down the House” – 4:14
“Girlfriend Is Better” – 3:32 (LP) 5:07 (cassette, CD)

Side two
“Once in a Lifetime” (Byrne, Brian Eno, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth) – 4:34 (LP) 5:34 (cassette, CD)
“What a Day That Was” (Byrne) – 5:08 (LP) 6:30 (cassette, CD)
“Life During Wartime” – 4:52 (LP) 5:52 (cassette, CD)
“Take Me to the River” (Al Green, Teenie Hodges) – 5:59

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  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 10/10

    23 Jun 4:10am Reply
  • butt-plugsuit

    If I had access to a time machine for a one-time use, I would go to this concert

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • metalhed00

    I remember my Aunt and Uncle on whim renting this DVD for my visiting family and being mesmerized by the performance. A good memory indeed.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
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    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Synanceiidae

    The best show ever.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • wwwathlete

    This is a real live album that truly makes the songs transcend the studio version.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TrixRabbi

    Without this album (and film) I don't know if LCD Soundsystem would exist.

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • generaltrelane

    very yes

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kabulgaf

    and then i'd make it breakfast.

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kabulgaf

    if i could have sex with this album, i'd fuck the shit out of it.

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    "Byrne’s intention was not to make a traditional soundtrack album, but to have it be a separate experience." I'd say he pulled this off perfectly. The great music combined with the insatiable energy of the band... it's a completely different experience from just listening to their studio albums (which are excellent on their own). Anyways, I used to think Remain in Light was the Heads greatest achievement. After watching/ listening to Stop Making Sense, I'm not so sure.

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • how-novel

    definietely one of the greatest live albums

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    I just watched the video last night! I'm converted!

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • jhabadinas

    a live album that sounds studio recorded

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • krystufekrobin

    simply love this. it's close to my personality.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • rdx_TP

    You tagged Stop Making Sense with ‘makes sense’.

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Montesol

    the de facto album for commute to and from school and/or work.

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • mercy_street

    Making flippy floppy <3

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • LunchMeat88

    favorite album of the 80s

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • jamezdd73

    Such a good album.

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
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