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Paramore's Spin on Talking Heads' "Burning Down The House" is a Vibrant Homage to a Timeless Classic

Updated: Mar 1

A24 Music announced the compilation Everyone’s Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, which comes in celebration of the recent re-release of Jonathan Demme’s iconic concert film of the same name and the 40th anniversary of its accompanying soundtrack album. Who better to kick off the launch than Paramore!

It has been a hectic last few weeks for Paramore. From a few historic GRAMMY wins, to completing their obligations with with Atlantic Records, and of course this recent single on a tribute album loaded with talent.

Paramore's take on "Burning Down the House" for the Talking Heads tribute album, is a vibrant take true to the timeless legacy of both bands. Right from the get go, the track captures the essence of the original while giving it a fresh spin. Greeted by the original introduction of the track, Hayley Williams' vocals soar in with power and authenticity, displaying her unique style while staying par to the legendary original. Backed by tight instrumentation from Taylor York, Brian Robert Jones, Joey Howard, and Zac Farro, the cover keeps its energy with beautiful synth, roaring drums and a funky riff. The instrumentation resonating with the original Talking Heads composition (as it should be). Led by Carlos de la Garza, the production strikes a perfect balance between the classic 80s sound and a more modern innovation, resulting in a rendition that feels both new and faithful. Every element, from the pulsating basslines to the infectious drumbeats, adds to the song's groove and undeniable charm. Of course everything leads up to the catchy one liner, which always has listeners shouting "BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE!"

Photo by A.J. Gibboney

Paramore's version of "Burning Down the House" is more than just a cover, it is a celebration of musical excellence. It honors the legacy of Talking Heads while showcasing the band's own prowess. It also resonates with the progression of the music industry since the Talking Heads 1983 version. Its always difficult to compare a cover to the original but watching a historic female led rock group take on the challenge is an amazing sight to behold. The entire tribute album dedicated to "Stop Making Sense," pays homage to one of the greatest concert films of all time. The rendition is a must listen for fans of both bands and anyone who appreciates great music. It's a reminder of the power of collaboration and the magic that happens when artists come together to pay tribute to their influences.

The A24 album as a whole promises to be an eclectic and captivating collection of covers. Everyone’s Getting Involved boasts the illustrious talents of, in alphabetical order: BADBADNOTGOOD, Blondshell, The Cavemen., Chicano Batman Feat. Money Mark, DJ Tunez, El Mató a un Policía Motorizado, girl in red, Jean Dawson, Kevin Abstract, The Linda Lindas, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Paramore, The National, Teezo Touchdown and Toro y Moi.

While there is no current release date for the full album, many fans will be waiting to here what comes next. In the meantime,  Paramore’s power-packed version of “Burning Down the House,” can be heard HERE.


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