Talking Heads ‎– Storytelling Giant

E L M ‎– ELM V1047
VHS, Compilation, PAL

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1 Once In A Lifetime
Choreography, Film Producer – David ByrneFilm Director – David Byrne, Toni Basil
2 Wild Wild Life
Film Director – David ByrneFilm Producer – Karen Murphy
3 Stay Up Late
Film Director – Ted BafaloukosFilm Producer – Michael Maslow, Sandy McLeod
4 Crosseyed And Painless
Film Director, Choreography – Toni BasilFilm Producer – David Byrne
5 Burning Down The House
Film Director, Film Producer – David ByrneFilm Producer [Technical Producer] – Julia Heyward
6 And She Was
Film Director, Design – Jim BlashfieldFilm Producer – Jim Blashfield, Melissa Marsland
7 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Film Director, Film Producer – David ByrneFilm Producer [Associate] – Marilyn Surgil
8 The Lady Don't Mind
Film Director – Jim Jarmush*Film Producer – Alan Kleinberg
9 Love For Sale
Concept By – David ByrneFilm Director – David Byrne, Melvin SokolskyFilm Producer – June Petersen
10 Road To Nowhere
Film Director – David Byrne, Stephen R. Johnson*Film Producer – Tina Silvey

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Blurb: "Storytelling Giant is a work composed of all ten Talking Heads videos made over the past decade. They are connected by random, unrehearsed, spontaneous footage of real people talking. None of the people are actors, and all of them are wearing their own clothes. Many of them know nothing of the Talking Heads, and sometimes they tell stories that have nothing to do with the band's music. Yet, somehow, their stories bring the Talking Heads music into another place. A place of giant lizards... A place where little girls sit on clouds. A place where everyone has enough to eat... And the government provides hairdressers if you can't afford one. A giant man walks into a bar. He begins to wrestle with three nuns. A man with a toupée stops them, and they begin to speak."

This compilation © 1988 Index Video / Todo Mundo Ltd.
Marketed and distributed by Entertainment Leisure Marketing (Pty) Limited.

Running time 52 mins approx.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 001491 124958
  • Other (Cens. Cert. No.): DP4/18/3 (90/1042)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
38137-3 Talking Heads Storytelling Giant(VHS, Comp) Warner Reprise Video 38137-3 US 1988 Sell This Version
PPS 2036 Talking Heads Storytelling Giant(VHS, Comp, PAL) Palace Pictures Benelux/Boudisque PPS 2036 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
ID4168WO Talking Heads Storytelling Giant(Laserdisc, 12", Comp, NTSC) Warner Reprise Video ID4168WO US 1988 Sell This Version
080 506-1 Talking Heads Storytelling Giant(Laserdisc, 12", Comp, PAL) PolyGram Music Video 080 506-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
L050-1122 Talking Heads Storytelling Giant(Laserdisc, 12", Comp, NTSC, CLV) TOEMI LaserVision L050-1122 Japan 1988 Sell This Version

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April 13, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

"Same as it ever was..."

The sleeve's blurb just about sums up this little masterpiece - a compilation that lends itself perfectly for gloomy moments alone in bed, late at night, when outside is dark and inside is darker. Gathered together here is a decade's worth of the band's music videos, brilliantly connected by seemingly unrelated, random, and spontaneous footage of ordinary citizens telling stories. These unrehearsed moments and anecdotes share the same quirky feel of David Byrne's film "True Stories", from which the videos for "Wild Wild Life" and "Love For Sale" are taken. Byrne directed several of the videos himself, and the band members appear in several guises throughout... Chris Frantz as Garth Brooks, Jerry Harrison as Billy Idol and Prince while Tina Weymouth plays Apollonia - and that's just "Wild Wild Life"!
Also, for some reason, the car towards the end of "Crosseyed And Painless" never fails to make me think of the movie "Repo Man", which has nothing to do with any of this.

"I was born in a house with the television always on." I hope this comes out on DVD someday!