Damn, this live version of “Once in a Lifetime” is so iconic of the first half of the 1980s. This played on MTV and USA’s “Night Flight” relentlessly for a 9-month period between 1984 and 1985. As much as I loved this, I got really, really sick of it at the time. But distance does make the heart grow fonder. And seeing it for the first time in several years makes me appreciate what a great job not only the Talking Heads did here, but what Jonathan Demme did with making the amazing concert film “Stop Making Sense” in 1984. Demme’s had some setbacks since his Oscar win for “The Silence of the Lambs,” but as “Rachel Getting Married” proved, don’t ever count Demme out. The man has made some great, great films.
I remember seeing this at least 4-5 times as a midnight movie at the Naro Theater in Norfolk, Virginia back in the 1980s. The theater was always packed and they always had to stop the movie at least 4-5 times due to multiple people dancing in front of the screen. Yes, there were THAT many people dancing in front of the screen that they literally had to stop the movie until people sat down … multiple times.