U2’s Disastrous Attempt To Outshine The Talking Heads, Tina Weymouth Recalls

Melisa Karakas

Tina Weymouth recently discussed how U2 blasted their own chances to make a better doc than the Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film, ‘Stop Making Sense,’ while speaking with AP News.

The 1984 doc only recently saw a re-release at the Toronto International Film Festival and will see a global release in theaters on September 29.

So, as the Talking Heads members reunited to celebrate the film, Weymouth discussed how U2 had tried to make a ‘better’ production than ‘Stop Making Sense’:

“U2 wanted to make a film that was better than ‘Stop Making Sense’ and then they went and ruined it by doing all those interviews. The art should be separate from the personalities. So you don’t get all the dysfunction.”

Then, the former bassist shared how the band still had chemistry, even with all the complexities that took place since their break up in 1991:

“This is going to sound really ridiculous but I think about the fusion of the sun. It implodes and explodes. And I think that push and pull was so magical to our creative forces, the way that we worked together, the way we were supportive of each other. It was very special and none of us has found it again. If we sat down and played music, we’d be connecting again.”

Other than helping the Talking Heads reunite, the documentary is also a critic and audience favorite and has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s also celebrated by national institutions, as the Library of Congress picked the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, calling it, ‘historically, culturally, and aesthetically of significance.’

You can watch the trailer below.

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