On December 18, 1980 the touring version of the Talking Heads featuring stunt guitarist Adrian Belew delivered a fantastic performance at Palaeur Arena in Rome that was filmed for broadcast on Italian TV. Taking place just two months after the release of Remain In Light, that night’s set was heavy on material from that album such as Born Under Punches, Crosseyed and Painless and The Great Curve. Using multiple cameras and a masterful director, who really enjoyed airing shots of bassist Tina Weymouth shaking her butt, the resulting footage is must-see for any Talking Heads fan.
YouTuber Telekinetica has uploaded a pristine copy of nearly all of this widely bootlegged show to the video portal yesterday. We’ve prepared a playlist for your viewing pleasure…
Psycho Killer/Stay Hungry (one track), Cities/I Zimbra/Drugs (all one video), Take Me To The River, Crosseyed & Painless, Life During Wartime, Houses In Motion, Born Under Punches, The Great Curve
The Talking Heads were at the peak of their powers during the early ’80s. There’s been lots of dreaming and scheming about a Talking Heads reunion, especially by the members of the band who aren’t named David Byrne, but perhaps this footage shows some things are left best in the past.