Björk’s latest concert film, Biophilia Live, will be shown in cinemas around the world. Recorded live at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the concert featured dizzying visuals, an Icelandic choir and a truly top-notch wig.
I was at the concert, and although Björk showed her routine genius, I don’t know if the resulting film can match the majesty of her performance recorded at the Royal Opera House in 2001, or her show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. . in 1997, filmed in the midst of his Homogeneous era pomp.
We asked @guardianmusic fans to choose their best musical movies of all time. Here are some of the suggestions – add yours in the open thread below.
1) Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads (1984)
An all-time classic, by far the most popular suggestion with our subscribers. As Caspar Llewellyn Smith wrote for The Observer in 2007: “The beauty of Stop Making Sense is that, unusually, the camera lingered on the musicians playing, with no close-ups of guitar solos or other frills. Rather than being lost as an artifact of its time, the film remains as fresh as ever, even though that famous costume has long since fallen out of fashion.
A documentary about LCD Soundsystem’s final concert at Madison Square Gardens, James Murphy’s Purveyors of Spiritual and Emotional Dance Music was a beautifully filmed farewell to his hometown.
It’s always fun to look back at that performance, with the Oxford band sporting the shock-rocker haircuts featured throughout their earlier career, while introducing several The Bends songs that would propel them to superstardom at of the arena. It’s also a reminder that Jonny Greenwood is an extremely inventive guitarist.
4) The Band – The Last Waltz (1978)
Filmed by Martin Scorsese, the band’s 16 years on the road ended with this farewell concert, featuring many special guest stars – including Bob Dylan (inevitably), Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. They are a band at the top of their game, saying goodbye to their fans and maybe to an era.
5) Beach Boys – Live at Knebworth (1980)
We could have chosen Prince’s Sign o’ the Times. We’ve also seen suggestions for Prodigy’s World’s On Fire, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same, and others. But Matthew Horton has a murderous reason for including this boisterous live Beach Boys show at the dawn of the Eighties.