Jun 1 2023

David Byrne Presents: Here Lies Love Musical Inspirations

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Love Invention Love Invention
Forever Your Girl (Single Version) Paula Abdul
Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
Low Rider War
If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) [Single Version] The Staple Singers
You Can Have It All George McCrae
What's Happening Brother Marvin Gaye
Back to the World Curtis Mayfield
I Can Understand It Bobby Womack
Children of the Ghetto Philip Bailey
Ship Ahoy The O'Jays
And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going (Radio Edit) Rowetta
Watching You (Vikter Duplaix Remix) Slave
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Skrillex
Waterfalls TLC
The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) [Single Version] The Staple Singers
Mein Herz brennt Rammstein
Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band) Bootsy's Rubber Band
Caught Out There Kelis
One Life Stand Hot Chip
Novacane Frank Ocean
Woohoo (feat. Nicki Minaj) Christina Aguilera
Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) Cornershop
Don't Cost You Nothing Ashford & Simpson
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Marvin Gaye
In for the Kill La Roux
That's Not My Name The Ting Tings
Right On for the Darkness Curtis Mayfield
If I Was Your Girlfriend TLC
Jungle Boogie Kool & The Gang
For the Love of Money The O'Jays
Be Thankful For What You Got William DeVaughn
When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees
I Get Lifted KC and the Sunshine Band
Love To Love You Baby Donna Summer
Rock Your Baby George McCrae
Bohannon's Beat (Part 1 - Single Version) Bohannon
Glide Musique
Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Word Up! Cameo
You're the One for Me D Train
She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) Carl Carlton
Summer War
Square Biz Teena Marie
People Power In the Disco Hour Clinton

(The people power revolution- 1986 Manila)

The immersive disco musical I wrote with Fatboy Slim is coming to Broadway (previews begin June 17th)! While there are a few non-dance music songs in the show, many of the songs were inspired by music that was usually heard in dance clubs. I didn’t go to dance clubs that much (Myself and the other Talking Heads had the records). I remember sometimes being able to see well known singers who had club hits performing their 1 song (or songs) on a platform while they were singing live to the backing track of their song. Kind of a karaoke show - but sung by the original artists. These were called “track acts”. I wondered to myself “DJs often talk about the arc of an evening- what if that arc were a real story, told by the songs sung by these track acts as the audience continued to dance?”

But what does this music FEEL like? To me the grooves are ecstatic, transcendent- we lose ourselves in the beats, the builds and the drops. I imagined this might be akin to how it must feel to be a person in a position of power- it’s heady, you never want to return to normal banal everyday existence (not while you’ve been to never never land). Maybe that’s one of the reasons I thought this kind of music might be perfect for this story.

-David Byrne

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Jun 1 2023

David Byrne Presents: Here Lies Love Musical Inspirations

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Love Invention Love Invention
Forever Your Girl (Single Version) Paula Abdul
Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
Low Rider War
If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) [Single Version] The Staple Singers
You Can Have It All George McCrae
What's Happening Brother Marvin Gaye
Back to the World Curtis Mayfield
I Can Understand It Bobby Womack
Children of the Ghetto Philip Bailey
Ship Ahoy The O'Jays
And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going (Radio Edit) Rowetta
Watching You (Vikter Duplaix Remix) Slave
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Skrillex
Waterfalls TLC
The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) [Single Version] The Staple Singers
Mein Herz brennt Rammstein
Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band) Bootsy's Rubber Band
Caught Out There Kelis
One Life Stand Hot Chip
Novacane Frank Ocean
Woohoo (feat. Nicki Minaj) Christina Aguilera
Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) Cornershop
Don't Cost You Nothing Ashford & Simpson
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Marvin Gaye
In for the Kill La Roux
That's Not My Name The Ting Tings
Right On for the Darkness Curtis Mayfield
If I Was Your Girlfriend TLC
Jungle Boogie Kool & The Gang
For the Love of Money The O'Jays
Be Thankful For What You Got William DeVaughn
When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees
I Get Lifted KC and the Sunshine Band
Love To Love You Baby Donna Summer
Rock Your Baby George McCrae
Bohannon's Beat (Part 1 - Single Version) Bohannon
Glide Musique
Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Word Up! Cameo
You're the One for Me D Train
She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) Carl Carlton
Summer War
Square Biz Teena Marie
People Power In the Disco Hour Clinton

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