by Nathan Rabin
Coming off their cancelled TV show, the manufactured group rebelled against their image with this trippy, defiantly uncommercial flop. They punctured their image—and their careers.
An adaptation of the radio host’s memoir made him palatable, even cuddly. But Stern has never attempted to repeat the trick.
At the height of Talking Heads’ popular success, Byrne stepped away to direct True Stories, a 1986 trip to a Texas town populated by bighearted weirdos.
A new column looking at film’s most notable one-offs begins with a look at Chairman Of The Board, which in 1998 failed to answer the question “Why a Carrot Top movie?”