Storytelling Giant

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Storytelling Giant
Video by
Released1988 (1988)
GenreNew wave,[1] post-punk,[2] art pop,[3] avant-funk,[4] worldbeat,[5] art punk[6][7]
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerAlan Kleinberg

Storytelling Giant is a 1988 compilation album of music videos by Talking Heads during the 1980s. The videos are linked by real people (not actors) telling stories from their lives; the stories have no logical connection to the videos.

The film has been released on VHS tape and 12" CD Video Laserdisc. A DVD version was released as part of Rhino's Once in a Lifetime box set, with three additional videos.

Original track listing[edit]

  1. "Once in a Lifetime" (David Byrne, Brian Eno, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth) (directed by Toni Basil and David Byrne)
  2. "Wild Wild Life" (Byrne) (directed by David Byrne)
  3. "Stay Up Late" (Byrne) (directed by Ted Bafaloukos)
  4. "Crosseyed and Painless" (Byrne, Eno, Harrison, Frantz, Weymouth) (directed by Toni Basil)
  5. "Burning Down the House" (Byrne, Harrison, Frantz, Weymouth) (directed by David Byrne)
  6. "And She Was" (Byrne) (directed by Jim Blashfield)
  7. "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" (Byrne, Harrison, Frantz, Weymouth) (directed by David Byrne)
  8. "The Lady Don't Mind" (Byrne, Harrison, Frantz, Weymouth) (directed by Jim Jarmusch)
  9. "Love for Sale" (Byrne) (directed by David Byrne and Melvin Sokolsky)
  10. "Road to Nowhere" (Byrne) (directed by David Byrne and Stephen R. Johnson)

2003 DVD version track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth, unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Once in a Lifetime" (Byrne, Brian Eno, Harrison, Frantz, Weymouth)
  2. "Wild Wild Life" (Byrne)
  3. "Stay Up Late" (Byrne)
  4. "Blind" (previously unreleased) (directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel)
  5. "Crosseyed and Painless" (Byrne, Eno, Harrison, Frantz, Weymouth)
  6. "Burning Down the House"
  7. "And She Was" (Byrne)
  8. "Sax and Violins" (previously unreleased) (directed by Wim Wenders)
  9. "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)"
  10. "The Lady Don't Mind"
  11. "Love for Sale" (Byrne)
  12. "(Nothing But) Flowers" (previously unreleased) (directed by Tibor Kalman and Sandy MacLeod)
  13. "Road to Nowhere" (Byrne)


  1. ^ Cateforis, Theo (2011). Are We Not New Wave? : Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s. University of Michigan Press. pp. 2, 43, 73. ISBN 978-0-472-03470-3.
  2. ^ Jack, Malcolm (September 21, 2016). "Talking Heads – 10 of the best". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 28, 1999). "MUSIC; They're Recording, but Are They Artists?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Marks, Craig, Eric Weisbard (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  5. ^ Edmondson, Jacqueline. "Talking Heads". Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ Gittins, Ian. Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime : the Stories Behind Every Song. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004. p. 5.
  7. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (October 8, 2016). "Talking Heads' 'Remain In Light' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review". Billboard.

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