"This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" is a song by New Wave band Talking Heads, released as the second single from their fifth album Speaking in Tongues. The lyrics were written byDavid Byrne, and the music was written by Byrne and the other members of the band, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison.
Composition[edit source | edit]Edit
According to the Stop Making Sense commentary track, the title "Naive Melody" refers to the music. On the track, the guitar part and the bass part are doing the same thing throughout the whole song. According to David Byrne, many professional musicians would not play a song written in that fashion, and that is what makes the melody naive. Byrne played the lead keyboard solo.
Stop Making Sense[edit source | edit]Edit
The song is featured in Stop Making Sense (1984), a concert film featuring Talking Heads and directed by Jonathan Demme. Throughout the Stop Making Sense version, Byrne and his bandmates perform by a standard lamp, while close-up images of various body parts are projected onto a screen behind them. When the song reaches a bridge, the musicians step back and Byrne dances with the lamp, a reference to Fred Astaire's similar dance with a coat-rack in the film Royal Wedding.
Music video[edit source | edit]Edit
The music video depicts the band members and their session musicians watching light-hearted home movies, before going down into the basement and playing their instruments.
In other media[edit source | edit]Edit
The name of the song serves as the title of a 2011 drama film starring Sean Penn as an aging rock star. In one scene, the main character attends a concert in which David Byrne performs the song. During the performance, a staged setting of a sixties-style living-room behind the band is gradually suspended perpendicular to the floor and crosses the concert hall towards the camera. The musicians all bow at the same time not to be hit by the stage with a very theatrical effect.[clarification needed]
The song was featured in the 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl during a party scene.
In 2011 the song briefly appears in the Steve Carell romantic-comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love.
The song is briefly played in the 2009 romantic-comedy He's Just Not That into You.
Covers[edit source | edit]Edit
The song is sampled in the song Mama by the Spice Girls. The song has also been covered by In Wilderness, The Lumineers, Hotel X, Shawn Colvin, Perpetual Groove, MGMT, Mysteries of Life, Animal Liberation Orchestra, The String Cheese Incident, Gunnar Madsen, Counting Crows, the Ryan Montbleau Band, Miles Fisher, Tim Bowness/Samuel Smiles, Weatherbox, Youthless, Kyp Malone, Cornmeal, Euforquestra, Logger and the Fatties, Alex Mills & Alex Patten, Hidden Ballroom , and the Swedish band, Gloria.
Charts[edit source | edit]Edit
- Original version
|UK Singles Chart||51|
|US BillboardHot 100||62|
- Live version
|UK Singles Chart||100|