The majority of the film's music is supplied by Talking Heads. Around the same time, Talking Heads released an album titled True Storiescomposed of studio recordings of songs featured in the film. True Stories was released by Warner Bros. Byrne was given much creative control over the motion picture's direction, largely due to the mainstream success of Talking Heads' concert film Stop Making Sense. The film is presented as a series of vignettes centered around Byrne as an unnamed, cowboy-hat-wearing stranger who visits the fictional Texas town of Virgil, where The Foetus Symphony Orchestra Featuring Lydia Lunch - York (First Exit To Brooklyn) observes the citizens as they prepare for the "Celebration of Specialness" to mark the th anniversary of Texas' O Magnify The Lord - Graham Kendrick - Amazing Love. The event is being sponsored by the Varicorp Corporation, a local computer manufacturing plant.
Shortly afterward, Byrne invited Henley and Tobolowsky over to his house and showed them a collection of hundreds of drawings he had made and put up on his wall. He explained they were based on clippings he had scrapbooked from tabloids as the band had been on tour. He had been intrigued by the idea of making a movie based on the premise, "What if all these stories were true? Tobolowsky was aware that Texas was coming up on its sesquicentennial celebration, and thought that would provide a good framework for the characters Byrne had invented.
Henley and he wrote a draft and provided it to Byrne, then did not hear back from him for Behind Talking Heads - Plastic Tones - More Trouble a year. It later turned out that Byrne had rewritten their script almost entirely, keeping only a few lines and the sesquicentennial framework from the first draft.
However, he asked Tobolowsky and Henley for permission to list their names ahead of his as scriptwriters so the movie would seem less like a "vanity project. During Tobolowsky's early talks with Byrne, he related to Byrne the story of a series of psychic experiences he had during college, in which he had been able to hear "tones" that told him things about other people. Byrne incorporated this story into his rewrite, using it as the basis for Ramon's psychic powers and the song "Radio Head.
An early working title for the project endorsed by bassist Tina Weymouth was Wild Infancy. The interior mall and fashion show scene was filmed in NorthPark Center in North Dallas, [ citation needed ] and the exterior mall was filmed at the now-demolished Big Town Mall in Mesquite.
True Stories was not a commercial success at the time of its release. Inthe film was released on VHS and Laserdisc. On March 30,it was released onto DVD. True Stories features a number of songs written by Byrne and performed by various members of the cast as well as by Talking Heads the members of which Behind Talking Heads - Plastic Tones - More Trouble cameo appearances.
Talking Heads released an album titled True Stories in which the band performs most of the songs from the film, including songs that were performed by the actors in the movie. As such, the album is not generally considered a true soundtrack album, a fact Byrne points out in his liner notes on the release.
Later, Byrne released an album containing primarily instrumental music from the soundtrack titled Sounds from True Storiesthough it was never released on CD. While several of the cast performances were released as bonus tracks on inch single releases, no full album of cast performances was released until see below.
Prior Sweet Thing - B.B. King - I Love You Sofew of the original versions of songs from the film found official release. The St. Similarly, the video for "Love for Sale" is the same as that seen in the film in which Kurtz's character is shown watching it on TV except the video version has additional footage of Talking Heads, more references to recognizable TV commercials of the day, and no intercuts to any of the film characters.
Coincidentally, the final hit of Pops Staples' group, The Staple Singerswas a cover of Talking Heads' "Slippery People," which was released two years before this film.
This marked the first time that the complete True Stories soundtrack was made publicly available, 32 years after the movie's original release. The soundtrack was issued to coincide with Criterion's DVD and Blu-ray release of the film, the latter of which it was also packaged with.
The new-edition soundtrack omits the Talking Heads renditions of the songs, with the exception of the three featured in the movie. American political comedy writer Virgil Texas takes his pseudonym from the film's setting.
The Cover Of The Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook - Greatest Hits (And More) focused on the eccentricity of the characters, the performance of David Byrne as the film's narrator, the way the film extensively incorporates music, and the observations the film makes about American culture.
Both hosts praised it, and Davis said of the film, "It never gets old for me, and I've shown it to so many people". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with True Story film. Theatrical release poster. Retrieved 4 March Archived from the original on 16 July Retrieved 19 May Retrieved 25 February Rotten Tomatoes.
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