Here Lies Love is a concept album made in collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos along with the woman who raised her — Estrella Cumpas — and follows Marcos until she and her family were forced to leave the Philippines. The album features 22 guest vocalists and was released on April 6, 2010, under Nonesuch Records and Todomundo in several formats, including a deluxe double-Compact Disc set with a DVD of music videos from the album and a 120-page book. The title is taken from a comment made by Imelda Marcos during a visit to her husband Ferdinand Marcos's embalmed body. Imelda Marcos expressed that she would like the phrase "Here Lies Love" to be inscribed on her tomb stone.
David Bryne released the following statement regarding this album:
::“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!”
Recording and release
The album features mostly guest female singers, including Florence Welch, Allison Moorer, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Natalie Merchant, Sia Furler, Santigold, Charmaine Clamor, Nicole Atkins, and Kate Pierson among many others, alternately playing the roles of Imelda Marcos and Estrella Cumpas.
Byrne described Cyndi Lauper's performance on the album as "amazingly fine-tuned" and "very impressive." The only male vocalists are Steve Earle on "A Perfect Hand", and Byrne himself on "American Troglodyte" and "Seven Years", the latter being a duet with Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond.
The first promotional single from Here Lies Love is "Please Don't" featuring Santigold on vocals. The single became available on Byrne's website as a free high-quality MP3 download on January 19, 2010. Additionally, 30 second segments of each track from the album are currently available for streaming.
Here Lies Love has been performed live four times. It debuted at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in Adelaide, Australia on March 10, 2006 with additional dates on March 13 and March 14, and was also performed live at the Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 3, 2007, as part of the Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series.
* Tori Amos
* Theresa Andersson
* Nicole Atkins
* David Byrne
* Charmaine Clamor
* Steve Earle
* Fatboy Slim
* Cyndi Lauper
* Nellie McKay
* Allison Moorer
* Sharon Jones
* Natalie Merchant
* Róisín Murphy
* Candie Payne
* Kate Pierson
* Alice Russell
* St. Vincent
* Martha Wainwright
* Florence Welch
* Shara Worden
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