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Lorde’s Salute to Talking Heads: “Take Me to the River”

In a move that’s got both music aficionados and casual listeners buzzing, Lorde has added her signature style to the Talking Heads classic “Take Me to the River.” This cover is a standout part of the tribute album Everyone’s Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, a project that’s got A24 Music at the helm. It’s a bold endeavor, aiming to infuse new energy into songs that have left an indelible mark on the music landscape, encouraging us to experience the timeless influence of Talking Heads with a new perspective. Listen below.

From Al Green to Lorde: The River’s New Current

“Take Me to the River” is a song with a rich history, originally crafted by Al Green and making its debut on his 1974 album Al Green Explores Your Mind. The track found a new lease of life with Talking Heads’ rendition in their 1978 album More Songs About Buildings and Food. It’s a song that’s evolved over time, becoming a key feature of Talking Heads’ electrifying live performances, especially in their groundbreaking 1984 concert film, Stop Making Sense. Lorde, teaming up with producer Jim-E Stack, has now taken the baton, offering a modern twist that invites us to dive back into the musical river once more.

Echoes of the Past: Lorde’s Nod to New Wave Giants

Lorde’s cover is but one gem in a treasure trove of tributes that make up Everyone’s Getting Involved. The album is a sonic homage to Talking Heads’ far-reaching influence, boasting contributions from an eclectic mix of artists. From Paramore’s fiery rendition of “Burning Down the House” to Miley Cyrus’s take on “Psycho Killer,” each track is a testament to the enduring appeal and versatility of Talking Heads’ catalog. It’s a star-studded lineup that not only pays respect to the originals but also pushes the boundaries of interpretation, adding a layer of contemporary zest to the classics.

The Legacy Lives On

This tribute arrives just as A24 has brought Stop Making Sense back to the spotlight, commemorating its 40th anniversary. The film is celebrated for revolutionizing the concert movie genre, showcasing Talking Heads at their creative zenith. With Everyone’s Getting Involved, the spirit and innovation of Stop Making Sense are not just remembered but reignited, offering a fresh opportunity for both die-hard fans and new listeners to appreciate the band’s seminal influence on the music world.





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