Music Review

Review: David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love

For the younger generation, the question is “Who is David Byrne?” (Who ISN’T he?) – they’d be interested in the Fatboy Slim side of things, looking for some techno dance to go to their next beach party with.

For your information, David Byrne equals Talking Heads lead singer. Fatboy Slim equals Norman Cook, with a touch of Beats International. Together, they bring together an interesting project which has a fresh appeal to the young and old. Here Lies Love is the result. A tiny bit of history behind this album: Here Lies Love is based on Imelda Marcos,  the widow of Former President Ferdinand Marcos, of the Philippines, and her relationship around Estrella Cumpas, a servant from her childhood.

It appears Byrne and Cook have brought out the talent with this 22 track album, with vocals supplied by Florence Welch, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Santigold, and more. Even Byrne lays down a few vocals for American Troglodyte and Seven Years.

As beautiful as this album sounds David Byrne fans will definitely get a kick out of this album. It is not for the Fatboy Slim fans who expect something similar from his You’ve Come A Long Way Baby and Halfway Between The Gutter & The Stars. Here Lies Love is more of a contemporary style album where you could enjoy sitting back on the lounge, or to compliment your evening meal. There are some funky beats where you can treat yourself with a delicious dessert. The vocals used are the right match for each song, which suit the theme for the album. So, if you’re after a change of scenery, Here Lies Love will add a little oriental spice to your life.

Here Lies Love is out April 9.



Owner and Operator of Wireless Fodder. Lover of Australian pop culture, comedy, and obscurities. Works in Australian media, enjoys a beer or three. Happily married to an American.

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