The song is also performed in the 1983 film Stop Making Sense, which depicts a Talking Heads concert. The performance of "Life During Wartime" featured in the film prominently features aerobic exercising and jogging by David Byrne and background singers. The Stop Making Sense live version of the track is featured in the film's accompanying soundtrack album. Its official title as a single, "Life During Wartime (This Ain't No Party... This Ain't No Disco... This Ain't No Foolin' Around)", makes it one of the longest-titled singles.
In David Bowman's book This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century, Byrne is quoted as describing the genesis of the song: "I wrote this in my loft on Seventh and Avenue A." And later, "I was thinking about Baader-Meinhof. Patty Hearst. Tompkins Square. This a song about living in Alphabet City."
^Bowman, David (November 26, 2001). This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century (1st ed.). 10 East 53rd Street, 10022: Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN0-380-97846-6.|accessdate= requires |url= (help)