Man, how I love the music of the 1980s. Here’s a warm embrace from Laurie Anderson to enjoy with your cocktails this evening. Smoking or non-smoking? Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Aaaarrrrgh, my ears!
Personally, I prefer listening to Outa-space by Billy Preston while downing a Black Magic on the rocks. Now thats the recipe for a fantastic evening.
The ’80s? I’m pretty sure Laurie Anderson did a concert at or near UCSD when I was there in the late seventies. As I recall, her great groundbreaking schtick was that she could sing on the inhale as well as the exhale.
Wow. Callow as I was then, it sounded just dumb enough not to interest me in the slightest.
I regret nothing. Still callow, it seems.
Classic. Still have this on my mp3 player.
Huh. From the Laurie Anderson wikipedia entry:
“She can be seen using a later generation of this device in her film, Home of the Brave, during the “Late Show” segment in which she manipulates a sentence recorded by William S. Burroughs. This version of the violin discarded magnetic tape, and actually used MIDI-based audio samples, triggered by contact with the bow.”
I *thought* it looked funny (as in, the noises it was making didn’t quite correspond to the motions she was making with the tape).
I loved this song and back when I had an answering machine, I used her message in it as mine. Funny now that I think about it, very few people actually left messages.
Dang – I haven’t heard that in years. I remember (vaguely) listening to a lot of this while trying to “impress” girls in college. Hmmm, very few left messages for me, either….
Oddly I’ve been listening t a lot of Anderson lately — I’m hearing GREAT things about her new “Homeland,” and I saw her when she was in residence at the MIT media lab (she just got off of being in residence at NASA, and I think I read somewhere that she’d just married Lou Reed.
But “O Superman” — it amazes me that in 1981 someone had written the perfect 9/11 song already.
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