"This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" - Postmodern Jukebox ft Sara Niemietz (Talking Heads Cover) [YouTube Video]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published August 21, 2015



Sara Niemietz- vocals
Lemar Guillary - trombone
Danny Janklow - sax
Adam Kubota - bass
Martin Diller - drums
Scott Bradlee - piano

For their latest video, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox have chosen the Talking Heads' 1983 classic "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" as their song of choice. Watch above.

Hearing the funky new wave rock tune reimagined in a swing jazz setting is a real treat. Sara Niemietz's singing is spectacular, and the band make the song sound like an jazz standard from the Great American Songbook. "This Must Be The Place" truly has become a modern standard, having been covered countless times by jambands and bar bands -- and rightfully so.

Everything about the song is beautiful, from the melodies and harmonies to the groove to the lyrics. Personally, I didn't love the production on the Talking Heads' original Speaking In Tongues album version, but the live version from the Stop Making Sense film is one of my favorite performances of all time (in part because David Byrne dances with a lamp).

The musicianship here is absolutely top notch. The band leader, Scott Bradlee, is a piano virtuoso, and the horn section of Lemar Guillary and Danny Janklow really shine here too. Of course, the rhythm section of Adam Kubota and Martin Diller lay down a hot rhythm that makes the song really work. There's a timeless quality to the whole thing, which is extremely cool.

The song appeared on the band's most recent album, Swipe Right For Vintage, which was released in July of 2015. Check it out on Amazon and Spotify.

Sara Niemietz
Classic Rock Jazz Swing Jazz
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