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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

The great Talking Heads album that never was...

I was listening to Fear of Music and Remain in Light right before Here Lies Love arrived in the mail. I'm pleased that HLL is just as rhythmic and bouncy with a great story/adventure to boot! Imelda will forever be a conundrum to me----how someone so beautiful on the outside can be so rank and dark inside; how she is adored by her minions and abhorred by just as many at the same time. David Byrne takes us through that life's journey (which, by the way, is still ongoing back in the Philippines) via an irresistible disco/club beat! I love it! The Whole Man and Why Don't You Love Me? are my personal favorites.

Review from a Fatboy Fan

I honestly don't know much about David Byrne's work, but I know most every Fatboy Slim track backward and forward. That said, it seems like this album is about 70% Byrne and 30% Slim. There are tracks where I can hear Fatboy's sound trying to break through, but it's stifled by this forced mellow feel to the songs and lyrics that sound more appropriate to a Broadway cast recording than a concept album. I have to look at this album as a discovery of David Byrne's music rather than a collaboration with Slim because I just don't hear Slim's signature sound shining through on most of the tracks. Overall, this album is great for background music on a lazy day, but it's not a record like "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" or "Palookaville" that you can blast in your car.

A work of pure genius.

This album is one of the most carefully constructed and brilliantly constructed in decades.
The storyline and music line are works of pure brilliance. True art, you can dance to!
Buy it.


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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