Laurie Anderson – “O Superman”

I’m admittedly late learning who Laurie Anderson is (thanks Black Mirror: Bandersnatch “Toy” ending!). She’s fascinating!

From her Wikipedia page:

  • Anderson pioneered electronic music and invented several devices she has used in her recordings and performance art shows. 
  • In 1977, she created a tape-bow violin that uses recorded magnetic tape on the bow instead of horsehair and a magnetic tape head in the bridge.
  • She created an eight-hour show called United States Live that was performed throughout the early 1980s. It was released as a truncated 5-record boxed set (later reissued on four CDs).
  • Anderson met Lou Reed in 1992 and was married to him from 2008 until his death in 2013.
  • In the late 1990s she developed a talking stick, a six-foot (1.8 m) long baton-like MIDI controller that can access and replicate sounds.

“O Superman” was part of the larger United States Live performance. It was a surprise hit in the United Kingdom and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981. It later appeared on her 1982 debut album Big Science.

“Summer Of ’69” = One Of The Dirtiest Popular Songs Of All Time

It’s easy to assume that “Summer Of ’69” is about the June, July, and August of 1969. However, Adams clarified what it actually means in an interview with CBS’s The Early Show back in 2008:

A lot of people think it’s about the year, but actually, it’s more about making love in the summertime. It’s using ’69 as a sexual reference.

This explanation adds a whole new layer to the line, “Those were the best days of my life”.