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  • January 19th, 2017

    Why Pink Talking Fish Stops Making Sense Will Be One of the Most Historic Celebrations Ever

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    It’s been 33 years since the Talking Heads released their legendary concert film, Stop Making Sense. Directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme, Stop Making Sense has been hailed as one of the greatest concert films of all time.

    As The Cap’s first show of 2017, Pink Talking Fish will be doing a full rendition of the film, interjected with Pink Floyd and Phish songs! We’re counting down the days until this monster night of music, and we thought you’d like to know why we think Pink Talking Fish at The Cap will be one of the greatest celebrations ever.

    1. A celebration of legendary music

    The film Stop Making Sense features the Talking Heads performing some of their greatest hits, such as “Psycho Killer” and “Burning Down The House.” In typical Pink Talking Fish fashion, these iconic tunes will take their own shape by incorporating songs by Phish and Pink Floyd. It’s happening ONLY at The Cap!

    2. An all-star line up

    Okay, so have you seen the lineup joining Pink Talking Fish? Purveyors of fine funk like Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, The Turkuaz Horns, Shira Elias and Sammi Garret of Turkuaz, Jen Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, and Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu are joining the party. We’re also getting the magic of Jon Braun from Talking Heads tribute band, Start Making Sense, sprinkled on our stage! You can only catch these artists performing together on The Cap stage!

    3. This isn’t your average show

    Stop Making Sense is known for its stunning theatrical work, with surprises like the legendary Big Suit and the Fred Astaire dance moves! We hope to see some of these great twists and turns at The Cap.

    4. Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven will kick start the night

    Yes, you heard right. Just when you thought this night couldn’t get any better, our friend Reed Mathis brings his band Electric Beethoven to open the show! Get to The Cap early to catch Reed Mathis of Billy & the Kids and Tea Leaf Green, Jay Lane from Primus, Cochrane McMillan from Tea Leaf Green, guitarist Clay Welch, and Todd Stoops of RAQ playing modern day interpretations of classic Beethoven symphonies!

    5. One of the greatest concert films ever

    Deemed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 50 greatest independent films of all time, Stop Making Sense propelled the Talking Heads into a pop-culture legend. Directed by Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme, the film won the National Society of Film Critics Award for best documentary in 1984. Pink Talking Fish has some big shoes to fill, and we have no doubt that they will live up to our expectations.

    Featured Videos of Stop Making Sense and More

    Brush up on your lyrics and dance moves with these videos of Pink Talking Fish, The Talking Heads, and Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven.

    Talking Heads performing “Life During Wartime”

    As the first single released by the Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime” It peaked at #80 on the US Billboard Pop Singles Chart.

    Pink Talking Fish performing “Burning Down The House”

    Burning Down the House was the first single off the Talking Heads album Speaking in Tongues. Bassist Tina Weymouth stated that “this song started out as a jam,” so it’s no surprise that Pink Talking Fish takes this jam to the next level!

    Talking Heads performing “Once in a Lifetime”

    As the first single off their studio album, Remain in Light, Once in a Lifetime received incredible praise from critics. It was named one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century by National Public Radio and is also included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

    Talking Heads performing “Psycho Killer”

    Originally written as a ballad, Psycho Killer, has now become one of the most funkadelic new wave song with a memorable rhythm. Peaking at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this tune is a staple of Stop Making Sense.

    Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven

    As one of the world’s leading classical dance music groups, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven will take you on a cosmic journey through Beethoven’s symphonies. Planning to release a full studio album featuring members of Phish, Pearl Jam, Galactic, and more, check out this video and get excited to see them open for Pink Talking Fish at The Cap!

    Pink Talking Fish performing “Time/Ghost/Psycho Killer”

    Get a taste of what it’s like to be present at a Pink Talking Fish show with this jam fusion of top hits.

    Fun Facts about Stop Making Sense

    Become an expert on all things Stop Making Sense with these 5 fun facts.

    1. The movie is noted for being the first film made entirely using digital audio techniques.

    2. Cinematographer Jordan Cronenwelth was named one of the 10 most influential cinematographers of all time by the International Cinematographers Guild.

    3. The filming of Stop Making Sense spanned three live shows at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, CA. An entire night of shooting was dedicated almost entirely to wide shots from a distance to minimize the intrusion of cameras on stage during the film.

    4. The album spent more than 2 years (118 weeks) on the Billboard 200 chart.

    5. In 1999, Stop Making Sense was re-released for the concert’s 15th anniversary of the film.