Lorde Covers Talking Heads’ “Take Me to the River”

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Lorde Joins A Tribute to Talking Heads’ Iconic Live Show

In an exciting nod to the legendary Talking Heads, Lorde put her unique spin on “Take Me to the River,” contributing to the tribute album Everyone’s Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense. This project, spearheaded by A24 Music, breathes new life into classics, inviting fans to experience the enduring influence of Talking Heads through fresh ears. Listen below.

A New Take on a Classic Hit

Originally penned by Al Green and brought into the spotlight on his 1974 album Al Green Explores Your Mind, “Take Me to the River” found a second wave of fame with Talking Heads’ cover in 1978’s More Songs About Buildings and Food. The song’s evolution continued as it became a staple in their electrifying live performances, notably in the 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. Now, with Lorde’s cover produced alongside Jim-E Stack, we’re invited to dive back into the river with a contemporary twist. Listen to all three versions below.

A Star-Studded Tribute

Lorde’s rendition makes up just one of the many highlights of Everyone’s Getting Involved. The album shows the wide-reaching influence of Talking Heads, featuring an array of artists like Paramore and Miley Cyrus, who bring their own flair to classics. Paramore takes on “Burning Down the House,” turning the heat up with their energetic interpretation, while Miley Cyrus tackles “Psycho Killer” with a bold, edgy performance that promises to leave listeners on the edge of their seats.

Celebrating a Milestone

This tribute comes at a poignant time as A24 recently re-released Stop Making Sense in anticipation of its 40th anniversary. The film, renowned for its innovative approach to the concert experience, captured Talking Heads at the height of their creative powers. Through Everyone’s Getting Involved, the legacy of this seminal work continues, offering both longtime fans and newcomers an opportunity to celebrate the band’s indelible mark on music history.




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