This Must Be the Place
Siouxsie is heading home for the last Passover Seder she will ever share with her grandparents. It isn’t the traditional day for celebrating Passover. But it was the one day on which almost everyone could be there. And so it goes.
All this has reminded Siouxsie of the opening line from an old Talking Heads song. You know, the one that starts, “Home is where I want to be, pick me and turn me ’round.” The song is “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).” The video below is from the Talking Heads’ concert film “Stop Making Sense.” The film is a modern classic, directed by Jonathan Demme who also directed “Silence of the Lambs” and “Something Wild.”
For a recent cover of the song, and a video paying homage to the film classic “American Psycho,” check out the version by Miles Fisher. But only view the video if you don’t have delicate sensibilities.
Exactly eight years ago (give or take a day), a student at Wesleyan University captured another great moment in the history of this song. This is the third or fourth show the band ever performed. The band is MGMT.
The song is also the title for an upcoming drama staring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. For the film, Penn dresses like Robert Smith —
He stars as Cheyenne, a 50-year-old former rock star who lives off his royalties in Dublin and still dresses Goth. The death of his estranged father brings him back to New York, where he finds out that his father had been seeking revenge for what he had suffered in a concentration camp. Cheyenne decides to take on his father’s obsession and starts a road trip to find his father’s Nazi guard, in hiding.
Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy) is singing in the background. If this clip is any indicator, the soundtrack is going to be great. Siouxsie hopes that Mr. Oldham adopts a new intentionally goth persona to go along with this endeavor.