This Must Be The Place is my favorite song. I love the Talking Heads in general, and this song specifically really resonates with me. It manages to be happy, melancholy, wistful, depressing, and reassuring all at the same time. To me, anyway. My favorite version of it is from Stop Making Sense (CD, mp3, DVD, Blu-ray), although the original album version (CD, mp3) is great too. I was thrilled when David Byrne played it live (CD, mp3, DVD)when I saw him a long time back, although I wish I could have seen it performed live by the Talking Heads back in their heyday. Alas, I was too young and had no idea who they were until they had already broken up. ANYWAY, this is a cover of the song by MGMT, performed live at Wesleyan. I am given to understand that this is from the very early days of the band, but I am not enough of an expert on this band to say with any certainty. The audio quality isn’t great, and there are some parts of this cover that could be improved, but I really like the energy of it.
It occurs to me that this is the only cover I’ve ever heard of this song (unless you count David Byrne as covering it, which I do not). And now that I think about it, the Talking Heads aren’t a band which is covered very often overall. The only other cover which jumps to mind is the Burning Down The House cover by Tom Jones and The Cardigans (CD, mp3) (which I love). Oh, and Moxy Fruvous covered Psycho Killer (mp3) on their album Live Noise (CD, mp3). Actually, I think I’ve heard some other Psycho Killer covers as well. That’s probably their most covered song. Which is weird to me. I love the song, but I don’t think it would even be in my top 10 Talking Heads songs. Oh well, something to ponder another day. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’ll keep my eye out for more Talking Heads covers.
I want to hear Belle & Sebastian cover This Must Be The Place, sounding somewhere between their current poppy incarnation and their mellower beginnings.