30 Years of the Talking Heads news article: Planck Studios Chicago Prints and Photos

30 Years of the Talking Heads

Planck Studios & The Interociter submit a proposal for Looptopia.

Posted Oct 5, 2007

I hope to turn the entryway of 30 W. Monroe (Inland Steel Building) into a stage, complete with 1300sq ft video mosaic celebrating Chicago's structures. Then, while dressed as food, The Interociter will perform the Talking Heads album "More Songs About Buildings & Food" in its entirety.

Looptopia '08 Proposal

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Over the past few years, the influence of the Talking Heads has become very evident, as their jittery punk-funk sound has been emulated by many bands in both the indie-rock and jam-band scenes.

"More Songs About Buildings and Food" is their second record. Released in 1978, it is considered by some to be a perfect encapsulation of the band's essence. Due to its rather lo-fi sound and simple instrumentation, it is still very much a punk record, but the tight funk rhythms hint at what the Talking Heads were to become: a rock band adept at appropriating disparate musical ideas and melding them into their own art. Additionally, the Talking Heads were part of and leaders of many artistic movements, including the late 70s punk scene in New York City, the "new wave" scene, and the World Music crossover scene late in their careers.

They were on the cutting edge for much of their career, so a celebration of the 30th anniversary of one of their finest recordings, "More Songs About Buildings & Food", amongst the buildings and (presumably) food of Looptopia would be an appropriate and fun addition to the event's other offerings.