TALKING HEADS – Live @ Montreux Festival (1982)

Full footage of Talking Heads performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, July 9th 1982. Originally broadcasted on Swiss TV and radio, but this footage is from an archive of the master tapes (except the last song)

Important notes: Psycho Killer has some pretty weird mixing issues, but it sorts itself out after a minute, so just bear with it. Everything else sounds and looks amazing, until the encore (Take Me to the River) which was missing from the rest of the footage, so it was edited in from a low quality recording of the TV broadcast.

It had very crackly audio so I synced the broadcast footage with superior audio of Take Me to the River taken from a recording of the radio broadcast, and I think it turned out well. (You can still hear about 25 seconds of the original audio at the very end, but I turned the volume down to spare your ears)

Setlist:

  1. Psycho Killer
  2. Cities
  3. Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open) [DB]
  4. Once in a Lifetime
  5. Mind
  6. My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks) [DB]
  7. Big Business [DB]
  8. I Zimbra
  9. Swamp
  10. Slink [JH]
  11. Houses in Motion
  12. What a Day That Was [DB]
  13. Life During Wartime
  14. Take Me To The River [AG]

All songs are by Talking Heads, except noted:
[DB] – by David Byrne, from his 1981 soundtrack album The Catherine Wheel
[JH] – by Jerry Harrison, from his 1981 studio album The Red And The Black
[AG] – originally by Al Green in 1974

The setlist is fairly typical for their 1982 “The Name Of This Band is Talking Heads Tour” (to promote their first live album) between the Remain in Light tour and the Speaking in Tongues/Stop Making Sense tour.
It includes an early version of Swamp since they were in the process of making Speaking in Tongues while touring. They also often played Love → Building on Fire near the start of the set, but unfortunately didn’t for this show.
I can’t remember where, but I think I saw somebody say they intended to play Crosseyed and Painless for a second encore (which they often did on this tour) but decided to end after the first encore due to the overwhelming heat.

Talking Heads:
David Byrne – Guitar, Vocals
Tina Weymouth – Bass, Vocals
Chris Frantz – Drums
Jerry Harrison – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Touring band:
Alex Weir – Guitar, Vocals
Raymond Jones – Keyboards
Steve Scales – Percussion
Dolette McDonald – Vocals, Percussion
Appearing only for the encore:
Tyrone Downey – Keyboards
Lani Weymouth – Vocals
Laura Weymouth – Vocals

Tom Tom Club (composed of Tina, Chris, Alex, Steve, Tyrone, Lani, and Laura) also performed a set as the opening act before Talking Heads, which I will upload later.

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