Anonymous asked: cowboy hat

neilcicierega:

I’ve seen it work

But only in the mid-80s??

scixual:

"they’re calling it a celebration of specialness. but this place is completely normal."

Take that as you will.


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

thegoddamnwerewolf:

Here’s one of my favorite interviews from the guy. It’s from when he was on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast

Happy Birthday, David lynch kill Byrne!

True Stories. What a film. I am not the only one that thinks it is quite Lynchian … though perhaps with a brighter worldview.

Perhaps.

thegoddamnwerewolf:

kimberfilms:

True Stories

1986

David Byrne

I have this movie on DVD. Wish it was in Wide-Screen. Actually, I would buy it all over again if they released it on Blu-Ray. It’s a very beautiful movie to look at and it would be even greater on BluRay. Shocked David Byrne hasn’t directed another movie since then.
True Stories (1986) 
David Byrne is the frontman for the 80’s new-wave band Talking Heads, of which I am a great fan. Their music is avant-garde and quirky and while being played totally straight, clearly has a playful sense of fun and never takes itself too seriously.
True Stories is just what you’d expect then. It plays, in a way, like an extended music video, though it is more. Byrne narrates throughout like the narrator in Our Town, but with a big hat and a slightly bemused expression. In ways it’s a Waiting for Guffman-esque mockumentary, introducing the fictional town of Virgil, Texas and its preparation for the big sesquicentennial celebration. It introduces characters that are only a few notches from David Lynch — a woman obsessed with cuteness to the exclusion of all else, a woman who matter-of-factly spins ever-more extravagant lies, unchallenged by the baffled people she is addressing. A woman who has never left her bed. A psychic who reads radio waves by touching your nose. A man obsessed with getting married. A voodoo housekeeper. A captain of industry who hasn’t spoken to his wife in 12 years, and who seems part robot attempting to pass as human.
You know. The usual.
There are moments of poignancy, moments of idiocy, moments of lunacy, and Byrne narrates it through immersing himself in the little town, becoming one of the characters. Observing like an alien.
Does it all mean anything? Maybe.
This is Scix in the back row, wearing the big hat.
True Stories (1986) directed by and starring  David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie  Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

True Stories (1986)

David Byrne is the frontman for the 80’s new-wave band Talking Heads, of which I am a great fan. Their music is avant-garde and quirky and while being played totally straight, clearly has a playful sense of fun and never takes itself too seriously.

True Stories is just what you’d expect then. It plays, in a way, like an extended music video, though it is more. Byrne narrates throughout like the narrator in Our Town, but with a big hat and a slightly bemused expression. In ways it’s a Waiting for Guffman-esque mockumentary, introducing the fictional town of Virgil, Texas and its preparation for the big sesquicentennial celebration. It introduces characters that are only a few notches from David Lynch — a woman obsessed with cuteness to the exclusion of all else, a woman who matter-of-factly spins ever-more extravagant lies, unchallenged by the baffled people she is addressing. A woman who has never left her bed. A psychic who reads radio waves by touching your nose. A man obsessed with getting married. A voodoo housekeeper. A captain of industry who hasn’t spoken to his wife in 12 years, and who seems part robot attempting to pass as human.

You know. The usual.

There are moments of poignancy, moments of idiocy, moments of lunacy, and Byrne narrates it through immersing himself in the little town, becoming one of the characters. Observing like an alien.

Does it all mean anything? Maybe.

This is Scix in the back row, wearing the big hat.

True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"well…i really enjoyed forgetting. when i first come to a place, i notice all the little details. i notice the way the sky looks, the color of white paper, the way people walk, doorknobs, everything. then i get used to the place, and i don’t notice those things anymore. so only by forgetting can i see the place again as it really is."


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"this is not a rental car. this is privately owned."
Not taking this out of context. There is none. A lot of the movie is like that.
True Stories (1986) directed by and starring  David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie  Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"this is not a rental car. this is privately owned."

Not taking this out of context. There is none. A lot of the movie is like that.


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"well, you’re gorgeous. he’s awful cute too. where are you going on your honeymoon?"

"the bear is staying with me!"

Louis Fyne and Lazy Woman find love.


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"there’s somethin’ special ‘bout people like us / who will answer the telephone / people like us / growin’ big as a house / we don’t want freedom / we don’t want justice / we just want / someone to love"


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"mmm mmm mmm mmm — magnet for love. papa legba come and open the gate."

The voodoo guy does his thing for Louis. I included this primarily because “open the gate” were my father’s last words. No real idea why, either.


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"he got back the next day, and he saw the ground had hardened like concrete. and he didn’t want to begin all over again. no. in his infinite wisdom, he had an idea. he said, ‘i know what i’ll do. i’ll make some people that like it this way.’"

Aren’t you glad you waited for this punch line?

I don’t think this is a “true story” either.


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"it seems god was working around here, trying to make it beautiful like the rest of the world. he had to knock off because it was night time. he said, ‘i’ll come back tomorrow with lakes and streams and mountains and trees.’

Stay tuned for the punch line…


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"first i want to tell you a story i heard about texas recently in a local tavern."


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"i’m getting used to these outfits."

True Stories (1986) directed by and starring  David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie  Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"i’m getting used to these outfits."


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.

"there’ll be chairs for your convenience, so you don’t have to sit on your coolers."

ooOOOoooo, fancy!


True Stories (1986) directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, costarring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.