Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison has described the re-release of their film Stop Making Sense as a “healing experience” for the band.
The musician reflected on the 1983 film, directed by Jonathan Demme, in a new interview on the Kyle Meredith With… podcast, explaining how the film’s re-release helped the members bond.
The band are re-releasing the film to celebrate 40 years since its first release, which will also see members Harrison, David Byrne, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz reunite for their first public reunion for over twenty years.
According to Harrison, although the band suffered a turbulent breakup, revisiting the film – restored in 4K and distributed by A24 – helped the members resolve their differences, and played an important role in bringing them back together. .
“The film is ours together, [así que tuvimos] We have to work together to make a decision,” he told the presenter. “Is A24 the right distributor for us, the right partner for us? We had to have conversations about it, and this is something we did together. Then A24 says: ‘Here’s the deal – we’ll really get behind this, if you help us.’ And he was like: ‘of course, we have to work together to make this successful.
He continued, happily sharing it with the fans, it helped them put aside any bad blood between them and made them realize that they could move past conflicts.
“I think it’s a healing experience for everyone,” Harrison continued. “It’s like, ‘Yeah, we can really work together and do this.’ And it’s something we’re all proud of.”
“Conflicts that people have spent a lot of time talking about are still searchable. It’s not like the emotions that made people say different things are completely gone or anything like that, but it’s like they’re gone already.” pointed out, is it necessary to point out such things again and again? I mean, I’ve already said it.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Harrison also said that the time the members have been apart has been beneficial for the band, especially because Byrne’s recent work on Broadway has helped him “leave the past in the past “. He added that the band may make more announcements in the near future.
Talking Heads will reunite on September 11 for a live Q&A at the premiere of Stop Making Sense at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be shown in non-IMAX theaters in the United States on September 22.
The relationship between the band members has been complicated since they broke up in 1991. In 1999 they reunited to promote the film’s 15th anniversary re-release and, in 2002, they reunited to play four songs at the induction ceremony. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their only live performance since 1984.
Now, after news of the film festival appearance broke, Byrne has come forward to explain that he regrets the way Talking Heads broke up, admitting that at the time there were “very few”.
The reunion raised fans’ hopes for more possible announcements from the recently reunited band – with many speculating that the members could be planning a full reunion tour or announcing plans for new music.