CAD $1.99. Walking to the venue, the sky opened up and we were treated to a signature Mid-Atlantic thunderstorm. And the track is unrelentingly danceable. He transformed himself completely to All that said, Stop Making Sense didn’t make much of an impression on me then, but fitting that the introduction was in such a collegey atmosphere. But this only distracts slightly from the compelling strengths of the song, such as its undeniably infectious melody, lyrical idea, and hooky chorus. It sounds a little too cheesy -- stiff even -- unlike the sounds of the Brian Eno-produced Remain in Light, which still sounded fresh and innovative more than 20 years down the line. ), In case you didn’t figure it out, the friend who told Kathryn about hearing “some punk band’s cover of an Al Green song” was referring to the famous Talking Heads cover of “Take Me to the River,” which David Byrne later described as “a song that combines teenage lust with baptism.”, The two Spanish bands that Kathryn remembers hearing on the radio when she lived in Spain in 1980. Sort by. I recall on my last day there, Eric, Mike, Heather, and I made a special trip to Used Kids (iconic record store across from campus) and It enhanced that shadow effect Byrne still uses, where a spotlight I remember this because as we were getting out of the car Eric took stock of the 4.1 5. This content requires a game (sold separately). Works with. Mike Alsup email@example.com. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. The seats were also too close together and bolted together in each row. Add "Girlfriend Is Better" by Talking Heads to your Rock Band™ song library. Buy as a gift. Lyrics submitted by And she goes wherever she likes (There she goes!) more skillfully and artfully than it was on this track. report. Sure enough, the artist who was the subject of that magazine story and my college classmate were one and the same. of the show was--not an ideal day for a big-deal concert. Buy as a gift. It’s from the It was the same day we adopted Halloween Jack, so we were kind of tired and stressed out, since he immediately didn’t get along with our But the edgy paranoia smoldering underneath ... is colorfully articulated by guitar and percussion figures that burble along in a fatback echo, sounding like a sink backing up. There was some crazy Metro closure situation we didn’t anticipate and then had a hard time getting a car and were running late. This content requires a game (sold separately). Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better. Top Talking Heads Lyrics Girls Want To Be With The Girls The Good Thing Stay Hungry Psycho Killer Road To Nowhere Once In A Lifetime I Get Wild-wild Gravity Papa Legba Cities Listening Wind Related Talking Heads Links Official page Talking Heads wiki Girlfriend Is Better (live) video Talking Heads … It always was assumed on my part that's what he was singing about... All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. I saw Stop Making Sense for the first time at a house that Eric and Brandt lived very close to campus in during college. The "girlfriend" refers to the woman he is dating. It always was assumed on my part that's what he was singing about... More Talking Heads song meanings » Along with its soundtrack, it is one of the productions for which Talking Heads is best spring-feverish mass of drinking-age Ohio State students and “charming,” a word Pete and I use to describe aggressive drunken college antics to this day. The day the power of the performance is what makes it so special. The film's title comes from a lyric in the song. Buy. Bands from the 70s and 80s are often really upfront about the debt they owe to Motown-era R&B and later funk, but this influence was never on display It seems to come together somewhat, at least for the chorus of "Girlfriend Is Better," which, perhaps ironically, sports the refrain that gave the film its name: "I got a girlfriend that's better that this/And you don't remember at all/As we get older and stop making sense/You won't find her waiting long/Stop making sense, stop making sense/Stop making sense, making sense/I got a girlfriend that's better than that/And nothing is better that this/Is it?" known and deservedly so. girl Betty. Bass leads, but it’s a coordinated effort. No Comments; 0 Tags; Ha! Don’t have an account? He also uses it as a prop to enhance the herky-jerky style he appropriately uses when dancing to this song. no comments yet. We wanna wait, but here we go again Ha! What a weird trip that was. When this song comes up, people visualize Byrne’s suit (hahaha) and the legendary concert film, but I fell in love with the album version of this song, * He’s Heaven [Stop Making Sense] 3. I’m pretty sure it was on my grad school visit to Ohio State when they were recruiting my cohort. David! Overview System Requirements. set their house on fire. history, they’re as much on my regular rotation as the Ramones. Add "Girlfriend Is Better" by Talking Heads to your Rock Band™ song library. The band continued to shake it on their next studio album, Speaking in Tongues, though the tracks, like "Girlfriend Is Better," are considerably lighter musically and, for the most part, lyrically. Earlier this year, I was flipping through my copy of the Rice University alumni magazine when I came across an article about an artist named Kathryn Dunlevie. David Byrne takes his usual oblique approach to his lyrics: "Down, down in the basement/We hear the sound of machines/I, I, I'm driving in circles/Come to my senses sometimes/Why, why, why, why start it over?/Nothing was lost, everything's free/I don't care how impossible it seems." is put right in front of him and projects this giant shadow on the wall behind him. See system requirements "Girlfriend Is Better" - Talking Heads. What a weird trip that was. They’re so good. youtu.be/aK7hC8... 80's. This is a source of shame for me, particularly given that at this point in While the former LP is seminal in the band's development and a huge influence on pop music, the latter record was a commercial breakthrough, leading to the successful arena tour that is captured in the 1984 Jonathan Demme-directed concert film Stop Making Sense. €1.99 "Girlfriend Is Better" - Talking Heads. They just clicked for some reason. quite the opposite. Ha ha ha ha it's always showtime Here at the edge of the stage And I, I, I, wake up and wonder What was the place, what was the name? It always was assumed on my part that's what he was singing about... More Talking Heads song meanings » Rolling Stone's David Fricke described the song: "On the surface, 'Girlfriend Is Better' is a brassy, straightforward bump number sparked by Byrne's animated bragging ... and by the kind of rapid, zizagging synth squeals so common on rap and funk records. David Byrne’s oversized suit, which he puts on leading up to “Girlfriend.” He used the giant suit for two major visual tricks. Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better. Appropriate of course because they burnt their own house down, but also, why were the jocks and face men listening to Talking Heads? This is both ironic and appropriate. Psycho Killer [Stop Making Sense] 2. I think the comment in most songs like this is that this concept of love that (in this case) requires the expulsion of rational, honest thought is an unfortunate thing. “Girlfriend is Better” is a song by the American New Wave band Talking Heads. CAD $1.99. Time has not been kind to the original recording; the lack of organic elements and the over-processed sound of the production don't hold up decades after the fact. Earlier this year, I was flipping through my copy of the Rice University alumni magazine when I came across an article about an artist named Kathryn Dunlevie. Musically it is a light '80s synth funk tune on the order of early-'80s Prince. "Girlfriend Is Better" is a 1984 song by new wave band Talking Heads, from their fifth studio album Speaking in Tongues. "Girlfriend Is Better" is a 1984 song by new wave band Talking Heads, from their fifth studio album Speaking in Tongues. God help me if I don’t also love Byrne’s atypically effortless vocal performance on this song. Such attention to rhythm and groove came into full bloom on the dense and driving, Afro-centric Remain in Light (1980). The Stop Making Sense is completely relevant to a discussion of “Girlfriend Is Better” because the enduring image of Stop Making Sense is I’d paid extra for floor tickets, which I thought would I saw Stop Making Sense for the first time at a house that Eric and Brandt lived very close to campus in during college. Finally, you can click on the link below to buy the studio version of “Girlfriend Is Better” from Amazon: If you are new to this blog, be sure to read the two oldest posts first -- my introductory post, “The Long Goodbye” was inspired by the 1973 Robert Altman-directed movie of the same name – a favorite of mine since I saw it when I was in college, and a favorite of, "She Don't Know Why I'm Here" by The Last, Talking Heads – "Girlfriend Is Better" (1983), "Bye Bye Birdie" Film Soundtrack – "Kids" (1963), Elton John – "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" (1975), Eddie Cochran – "Summertime Blues" (1958), Foghat – "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (1975), Re-Flex – "The Politics of Dancing" (1983). (You can, When she complimented my wildly successful little blog, I asked her if she would contribute a guest post. motion of the fabric draped over his thin frame is part of the dance. Log in or sign up to leave a comment Log In Sign Up. hide. First came American Utopia the album, the former Talking Heads frontman’s 2018 solo offering. I’m going to credit Tina Weymouth’s bass for this and she DESERVES IT. well-played video for “Once in a Lifetime” as well as a song of theirs being featured prominently in Revenge of the Nerds. Buy. CAD $1.99 "Girlfriend Is Better" - Talking Heads. Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. This is weird to say about a legend like David Byrne, but he very rarely sounds solidly *cool. Posted by Cole - Curator 5 hours ago. I have the definitive KMDH collection on display in Houston if you are interested in more. But the gallery could only exhibit, “And nothing is better than that – is it?” is a slightly paraphrased version of the last line of. (She also sent along photos of a number of her striking photo-collages, which you will see below. Overview System Requirements. Kathryn heard the Talking Heads at the Greek Theatre on the UC-Berkeley campus in September 1983. David Byrne was great, but I just wish it was a more normal day.