Archive | May 21, 2017

Certain Songs #886: Laurie Anderson – “O Superman”

Album: Big Science
Year: 1981

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

When “O Superman” arrived in 1981, it was like nothing anybody had ever really heard.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Which, of course is an understatement, because 36 years later, there still isn’t anything like “O, Superman,” is there? Made on equipment that is of course incredibly primitive by modern standards, “O, Superman” still retains the same weird sparse beauty that made it a #2 hit single in the U.K., and made the video a late night “what-the-fuck-was-that?” staple.

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