Tag: Here Lies Love

Seven Years

Here is a duet between David Byrne and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond (who you may also know from her work with the Decemberists.) The record, of course, is Here Lies Love, the rock opera wherein Byrne gathers a winner’s circle of outstanding female … Continue reading Seven Years

Pretty Face

Another song from Here Lies Love, featuring the French vocalist Camille. She is best known for recording with Nouvelle Vague, and is also a solo artist. Apparently she has recorded half a dozen albums, some of which were certified platinum in France. After years of … Continue reading Pretty Face

Here Lies Love

“The story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves? I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if—as this piece would be principally composed of clubby dance music—one could experience it in a club setting? Could one bring a ‘story’ and a kind of theater to the disco? Was that possible? If so, wouldn’t that be amazing!” – David Byrne on Here Lies Love

Unlikely but brilliant. Only David Byrne could imagine that the world was in need of a musical biography of Imelda Marcos. Once he brought Here Lies Love to the table, we realize that that’s exactly what the world was in need of. Now, can we have the movie, please? Or at least a stage musical? It would be stunning. Of course there would be one problem that the record didn’t trouble itself with. None of the singers who took part even remotely resemble their subject. Which is fine for the record – it doesn’t matter, they’re just there to sing. But you couldn’t exactly cast the big stage opening number with Florence Welch. Or maybe you could. If Todd Haynes can cast Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, there’s no reason Flo can’t play Imelda Marcos in an equally fast and loose biopic.