S/D Laurie Anderson

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I tried searching and couldn't find anything of this sort on ILM but a classic/dud discussion of "O Superman" (clearly classic). I only own Big Science. Seen Mister Heartbreak around for a few bucks a bunch of times recently, but not at places with listening stations, so I'm not taking the risk. Should I? what of her's is classic?

Also, I've been wondering, did she do vocal work for Glass? Her voice always sounded so familiar on Big Science; just like the female voice on the Einstein on the Beach knee plays spoken parts ("it could be franky. it could be..."). But that could just be the style.

Dan Gr (certain), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 23:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Here's a previous overview thread: C90: Laurie Anderson

Tuesdays With Morimoto (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 8 February 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Laurie does not sing on "Einstein".

I am now reviving that other thread 'cause I liked it.

sleeve (sleeve), Thursday, 8 February 2007 00:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Search: Big Science, Mr Heartbreak, US Live, Bright Red/Tightrope, Ugly One With The Jewels, any live show you can possibly see.

Destroy: Strange Angels is my least favorite by far although I haven't heard anything new in around a decade. I suspect I would also dislike the Moby Dick album. and the tracks on the Airwaves album are really embryonic and half-formed.

sleeve (sleeve), Thursday, 8 February 2007 00:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Destroy: contemplation of Anderson and Reed in the conjugal bower.

bendy (bendy), Thursday, 8 February 2007 02:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

definitely destroy the Reed track on Tightrope, yeah.

sleeve (sleeve), Thursday, 8 February 2007 02:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

S: --->Bright Red (incl)
D: Bright Red (excl) ---->

is anyone anticipating the new Baaderonixx? (baaderonixx), Thursday, 8 February 2007 09:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

OMG, the kids introducing this:

I know, right?, Tuesday, 16 September 2008 19:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh hi

a hat check clerk at an ice rink (n/a), Tuesday, 16 September 2008 19:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

They're so cute! The one on the left, how she's so awkward, but pretty, and they're so enthusiastic!

I know, right?, Tuesday, 16 September 2008 19:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Has anyone heard/seen *Nothing in My Pockets*? Book + 2 CDs: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/2914563434/
I'll probably buy it anyway, although I passed on *Night Life* (http://www.amazon.com/Night-Life-Laurie-Anderson/dp/3865213391/), thinking that it would be something I'd browse for fifteen minutes and then put on the shelf.

In this interview:

...Laurie explains that she was almost going to be the narrator for the opening ceremony at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens!

"Q. Tell us about Greece and the Olympics. You were working in Athens with the Olympics team for, what, a year and a half?

LA Yeah. Actually I wasn’t able to talk about any of this when it was happening but it was amazing. They asked me to work on writing the opening ceremony and also to be the narrator. You know, the one who welcomes the world to Athens. So I went back and forth to Athens a lot for about a year. And I got to work with all these amazing Greeks-- writers, designers, choreographers. I just have to say, first of all, they’re a lot smarter than we are. They’re sharper, they’ve got sharper tools, they’ve got a sharper language. They just do. It’s more elegant, it’s more complicated, it’s more complex. And I’m someone in love with English. But I was really aware that they came from the people who invented virtually everything that our civilization is based on-- philosophy, geometry, physics, tragedy, sculpture, painting.

So it was – such a long story- a wonderful experience to work on making something with them. The top secret aspect was also a lot of the fun. I could never tell my friends where I was going-- I’d just disappear. Then last December there was a big money crunch and, sad to say, I was among the casualties so I didn’t get to be the narrator in the end."

ernestp, Sunday, 16 August 2009 16:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Huh. If "Nothing In My Pockets" is anything like "The Ugly One With The Jewels", I'm in.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 17 August 2009 00:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

I adore Ugly One with the Jewels.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 17 August 2009 01:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

I adore Ugly One with the Jewels.

Yes, precisely. So has anyone heard the "Nothing In My Pockets" CDs that can give a pocket review?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 17 August 2009 02:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

"Music for Dogs"

(5 min of a 20 min piece, according to what i can tell)

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Saturday, 5 June 2010 17:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

I adore "O Superman" & the disc she did with Lou Reed & John Zorn.

The rest of the things I've heard (which, granted, is only about half of her releases) have varied from pretentious & boring to boring & pretentious, with a few interesting cuts scattered about.

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 7 June 2010 15:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

I just heard "Mister Heartbreak"; neither that nor "Big Science" are pretentious or boring (maybe "O Superman" aside). Honestly I'm not really sold on her but those albums are pretty interesting throughout. I'm not really a fan of her singing voice but I could probably listen to her read the phonebook all day.

frogbs, Monday, 28 March 2011 17:12 (six years ago) Permalink

I love Mister Heartbreak — for me it fits into that circa 84-85 era of digital-based art pop like The Dreaming and Sakamoto's Esperanto. The sound of those records haven't been disinterred as being retroactively "cool" (yet, anyway).

corey, Monday, 28 March 2011 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink


corey, Monday, 28 March 2011 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i love at least half of mister heartbreak. the half with "blue lagoon".

difficult listening hour, Monday, 28 March 2011 17:43 (six years ago) Permalink

I like a few things cumulatively on both albums but I still prefer Strange Angels to either one.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 March 2011 17:44 (six years ago) Permalink

No one's heard "Nothing In My Pockets" (linked above)?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 28 March 2011 20:51 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I went to see her at a free outdoor show at Lincoln Ctr last week... Music about what I expected, enjoyed the jaundiced words about how NYC has been replaced by an entirely different city in the last 10 years ("tech conventions and cupcake shops"). Some very timely siren intrusions too.

Also had never heard her Willie Nelson quote, "99% of the world ends up with the wrong person, and that's what keeps the jukebox spinning." (And then she brought out Lou Reed.)

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 August 2011 20:21 (six years ago) Permalink


tylerw, Monday, 15 August 2011 20:22 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Free show as part of Luminato tonight. All I knew going in was "O Superman" (perplexing), and I think I played a song or two from Strange Angels on the radio years ago. I just figured she'd be worth seeing.

There were a couple of pretty songs, but the one she opened with was excruciating--"Greetings from the Homeland," I think it was called. Went on forever--20 minutes at least.

clemenza, Monday, 17 June 2013 04:45 (four years ago) Permalink

All I really knew was "O Superman" before I saw her recent collaboration with Kronos Quartet a little while back. Eh, it was ok.

I see she has a new collaboration going:


“Ai Weiwei asked me to write some songs with him a few months ago,” said

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 June 2013 14:19 (four years ago) Permalink

you guys need to listen to 'big science' at least, it's one of the best albums ever. i've never been able to get into the rest of her stuff as much but that one is a classic (it's the one with 'o superman')

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 17 June 2013 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

otm, big science is beyond essential -- haven't been nearly as knocked out by anything else I've heard her do (though there are good moments), but that one is a universe of its own.

tylerw, Monday, 17 June 2013 15:19 (four years ago) Permalink

The Ugly One with the Jewels is 100% awesome from start to finish. Anderson in full-on storytelling mode with Eno on synths backing her up.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 17 June 2013 15:47 (four years ago) Permalink

nevermind, Eno was on Bright Red, not Ugly One with the Jewels... still.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 17 June 2013 15:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Nah ugly is def eno too i think?

sjuttiosju_u (wins), Monday, 17 June 2013 16:01 (four years ago) Permalink

I <3 Laurie. If it came down to a sophies choice between her and wifey Lou I'd pick Anderson in half a heartbeat just for united states, big science & assorted highlights

sjuttiosju_u (wins), Monday, 17 June 2013 16:04 (four years ago) Permalink

I saw the Luminato thing as well, about the same reaction as clemenza. Enjoyed the instrumental passages far more than the lengthy attempted Skype collaboration. I did like the occasional sounds of helicopters hovering in the background.

pauls00, Monday, 17 June 2013 16:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Ugly One is a mixtape-making dream come true.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 17 June 2013 16:08 (four years ago) Permalink


lols lane (Eazy), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 03:43 (four years ago) Permalink

Home of the Brave extremely formative for me, hard to imagine anyone not enjoying listening to this

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:32 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna give Big Science another try. I like it but I'm a Strange Angels stan.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I am OK with Big Science but think United States is where it's at

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:58 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Bunch of bizarre old LA PSAs!


Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 November 2013 03:34 (four years ago) Permalink

my dad always use 2 tok abt hr...... bt a on a vln bow

color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that, Monday, 4 November 2013 03:35 (four years ago) Permalink


color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that, Monday, 4 November 2013 03:36 (four years ago) Permalink


color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that, Monday, 4 November 2013 03:36 (four years ago) Permalink

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Hideous Lump, Monday, 4 November 2013 03:45 (four years ago) Permalink


forbz (Matt P), Monday, 4 November 2013 03:49 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

from June, on "Hamilton": "It's history lite. It's musical lite. It's just...just horrible."


The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 September 2016 14:52 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Was unaware until recently that she had made a CD-ROM game in the mid 90's.


JoeStork, Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

That's so cool, thanks for sharing

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

"The Big Top" is really doing it for me lately.

Cities with...no basements
No foundations
Cities that could be moved in a minute
Portable cities
Portable towns

JoeStork, Friday, 19 May 2017 23:31 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah that's top 10

"The Canadians took this very seriously" one of her best punchlines

in a soylent whey (wins), Saturday, 20 May 2017 11:03 (six months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Great list

Unchanging Window (Ross), Monday, 19 June 2017 03:30 (five months ago) Permalink

No "Blue Lagoon"? It's such a beautiful fever dream.

Hideous Lump, Monday, 19 June 2017 03:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Or Another Day In America which includes one of Anderson's best lyrics

And you know the reason I really love the stars is that we cannot hurt them
We can't burn them or melt them or make them overflow. We can't flood them or blow them up or turn them out
But we are reaching for them
We are reaching for them

Unchanging Window (Ross), Monday, 19 June 2017 04:13 (five months ago) Permalink

^^^ top-notch lyrics, there she nails it!

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 19 June 2017 12:48 (five months ago) Permalink

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