Watch Rare Talking Heads Concert Footage From 1980
The Talking Heads of 1980 sounded like a band with limitless potential -- and although they'd sadly splinter before the decade was out, the blend of rock and African music they pioneered during this period lives on.
One of the ways in which it survives is through archival footage like this rarely seen concert, recorded during the Heads' tour in support of their 1980 album 'Remain in Light.' Inspired by the sounds of African artists such as Fela Kuti and led through the arduous recording process by producer Brian Eno, the band broke its mold for the LP, resulting in a new set of songs that required an expanded lineup for the live show.
That's the version of Talking Heads you see here -- a bulked-out "Afro-funk orchestra" featuring keyboard master Bernie Worrell and King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, whose brilliantly warped approach was instrumental in helping get 'Remain in Light' to the finish line. Posted in November by Music Vault, it offers an exuberant snapshot of one of the more ambitious mainstream bands of the decade, taken just as they seemed to be hitting their stride.
If you like what you hear here, it's well worth noting that there's more where that came from; there's always the band's classic 'Stop Making Sense' concert film, and there's also even more footage from the 1980 tour online, including a full show filmed during their stop in Rome. Whether you find yourself living in a shotgun shack or another part of the world, this isn't a bad way to spend an afternoon.