Leave it to former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to come up with what is one of the more bizarre ideas for an album I’ve ever heard. Byrne collaborates with Fatboy Slim on a 2-disc, 22-song concept album about former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. Huh? The album is entitled “Here Lies Love” (release date Feb. 23, 2010) and it features a number of guest spots — from Santigold to Sharon Jones, to Steve Earle and Cyndi Lauper. You read it right. No need to rub your eyes. This is all true, I swear. I’ll let Bryne explain it himself, from a quote off his website:
“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!”
You gotta love the guy’s enthusiasm and ability to create year after year. I must admit to being unable to stomach the idea of putting art of Marcos on this blog — so I opted for the image we’ve come to most associate her with … shoes. By the time she and her husband fled Malacanang Palace, she had left behind a reported 3,000 pairs, along with over 1,000 handbags. Listen below to one track called “Please Don’t” — offered for free as a teaser on Byrne’s website.
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – “Please Don’t” (Feat. Santigold)