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Editors’ Notes

Here Lies Love is an unlikely concept album based on the lives of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas and their divergent fates. Marcos’ fascination with the clubs and discos of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s gives Byrne and collaborator Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) free rein to create their own dancefloor numbers. Together, they employ a wide range of female vocalists to tell their story and frame the sound for a fantastic discotheque. British singer Florence Welch opens things with the disco-fied title track. Tori Amos sings as Imelda’s mother Remedios on the sultry South-American blues of “You’ll Be Taken Care of.” Steve Earle breaks up the female block with “A Perfect Hand,” a track that leans into Earle’s country background with a piano that slowly transforms into a barroom tinkle. Cyndi Lauper excels on the electronically hopped up “Eleven Days” and on the funked-up finale with Tori Amos, “Why Don’t You Love Me?”  By the time Byrne makes his vocal appearance near the album’s end on the techno-laden “American Troglodyte,” it comes as a surprise. The man behind the scenes makes his presence known at long last.

Customer Reviews


Great album, it may seem abit random but its excellent!

of course DB doesn't sing on this..

surprised that people are surprised that David Byrne doesn't sing on this. every song says "featuring" and if you read anything about this album you would know the concept, and the idea of the album. some misses on this project but some really nice hits.

Neat Concept

Hi, I'm Filipina-Canadian. Whether you liked Imelda or hated her, she really did know how to tear up a dance floor. What a fitting media choice for a biography about this first lady. Perhaps she needed so many shoes because she wore them all out dancing! I especially like how the CD begins humbly with The Rose of Takloban (beauty contestant winner) and crescendoes up to The Whole Man (her UN speech). As a biography I think the concept of this album is so fitting: its beautifully charming, danceable and mildly tacky... just like the shoe queen herself! :)


Born: May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although best known for his groundbreaking tenure fronting the new wave group Talking Heads, David Byrne also received acclaim for his adventurous solo career, encroaching upon such diverse media as world music, filmmaking, and performance art in the process. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, on May 14, 1952, Byrne was raised in Baltimore, MD. The son of an electronics engineer, he played guitar in a series of teenage bands before attending the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where, feeling...
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