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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:15 AM

Aw jeez. Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" is being used in a smart phone commercial.





et tu Laurie?

:sigh:

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Reply Aw jeez. Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" is being used in a smart phone commercial. (Original post)
progressoid Apr 2012 OP
Rex Apr 2012 #1
progressoid Apr 2012 #2
Rex Apr 2012 #3
Bryan Apr 2012 #4
Chan790 Apr 2012 #6
begin_within Apr 2012 #5
progressoid Apr 2012 #10
kentauros Apr 2012 #7
progressoid Apr 2012 #9
CBGLuthier Apr 2012 #8
davsand Apr 2012 #11
progressoid Apr 2012 #12
hifiguy Apr 2012 #13
progressoid Apr 2012 #16
Rambis Apr 2012 #14
progressoid Apr 2012 #15
Rambis Apr 2012 #17
progressoid Apr 2012 #18

Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:19 AM

1. Naw...they are just that far behind imo.

How old is that song now? Old. She was New Age before that term meant anything.

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Response to Rex (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:39 AM

2. It can't be old.

Because that means I'm getting old. And I refuse to believe I'm that old.

It was released in 1981. I still had hair then.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:09 AM

3. I hear ya...I was 10...

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:25 AM

4. She probably enjoys eating regularly, like everyone else

Being a cult figure doesn't come with a dependable salary.

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Response to Bryan (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:02 AM

6. This is true.

One of my college creative writing professors wrote one of those big, important novels of the early-90's that everybody in literary circles had read but apparently hadn't sold as many copies as being widely-read would suggest.

Other than his modest salary as a P/T adjunct college professor, the guy was basically destitute and a prolific couch-diver, all hope hanging on the day that some film producer would call him to option the screen rights to a 10-year-old (now 20+ years) novel. About the only thing he had going for him was I never saw him pay for a coffee or a meal...the guy could go anywhere and someone would say "I loved ______! Why didn't you ever write another novel? (He'd written 4. 2 previous and 1 subsequent which combined had sold half as many copies.) Let me buy that for you!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:37 AM

5. I still have the 45 rpm of that song.

Or maybe it's an EP, I forget right now. But the original release anyway.
That was about 31 years ago. When I hear it now, I can't think of it as a hit song.
Just too weird. And I don't like it much any more.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:25 AM

7. It was the Age of Devolution!

The media may have understood the concept, but are forever locked into a constant state of devolution. They just can't help themselves when it comes to copying pop culture

And then Devo makes an ad for them without looking like they sold out


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Response to kentauros (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:40 PM

9. Duty Now For The Future!

Seems to make sense that DEVO would do that.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:44 AM

8. Nothing wrong with padding the retirement fund

I am forgiving of those artists who did not make the gazillions. Besides, more people probably will hear it now than ever before.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:50 PM

11. I kinda liked the idea that the commercial was gonna introduce new listeners to her.

Laurie Anderson was never a huge commercial success in spite of how amazing her music is. I'm hoping this gives her a new audience.





Laura

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:54 PM

12. I vaguely remember reading about Led Zep using their songs for a car commercial.

One of the band members said it helped to expose them to a new audience.

But if she starts doing weddings for Rush Limbaugh....!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:58 PM

13. I remember seeing her in the summer of '84

shortly after "Mister Heartbreak" came out. Incredible show. In fact that was a hell of a summer for music in Minneapolis. R.E.M., Laurie Anderson, King Crimson and the Pretenders all in three short months.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:17 PM

16. OK, that's just not fair.

Minneapolis. R.E.M., Laurie Anderson, King Crimson and the Pretenders all in three short months.

I'm a bit jealous.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:05 PM

14. Friend of mines sister

helped her record a demo tape (yes I said tape) at the University of Northern Iowa- She brought O superman to play on the boat when went water skiing 30 years ago. We thought it was shit at the time.

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Response to Rambis (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:16 PM

15. What!?!

I went to UNI back then. I had no idea she was there. Must have been before or after my time.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:18 PM

17. She was an art student

she got her friend Sandy (Sandra D) to help her 1980 or 1981-

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Response to Rambis (Reply #17)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:30 PM

18. Ah, just before my time there.

I too was an art student there. I think the album Big Science was one of the most copied to cassette in the art department.

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