Tune of the Week – “Please Don’t”
David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, a dozen guest vocalists and a concept album about the shoe-obsessed wife of a brutal dictator. I mean, what could go wrong? This is the first taster from “Here Lies Love”, the Imelda Marcos-inspired album from …
David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, a dozen guest vocalists and a concept album about the shoe-obsessed wife of a brutal dictator. I mean, what could go wrong?
This is the first taster from “Here Lies Love”, the Imelda Marcos-inspired album from David Byrne, Fatboy Slim and friends. It’s odd on every damn level. Whatever about Byrne’s credentials – we’re still kicking ourselves for missing his NCH gig of the year last April and if you haven’t read his ace “Bicycle Diaries”, add it to your must-read list pronto – Norman Cook is probably not the first person who springs to mind when thinking of ideal collaborators, even though they’ve worked together previously on the rather flat and uneven project from The BPA. Remember, though, that Byrne in tandem with X-Press 2 did produce the glorious “Lazy” so let’s hold off the lynch mob for now.
Then, there’s the question of the onetime beauty queen born Imelda Remedios Visitacion Trinidad Romuáldez who became First Lady of the Philippines and ran up a shoe habit which ran into the thousands. Byrne says the album comes from an interest in “what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves?”
“Here Lies Loves” will feature guest turns from Florence Welch, Roisin Murphy, Camille, Tori Amos, Candie Payne, St Vincent, Allison Moorer, Natalie Merchant, Nicole Atkins, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Jones, Martha Wainwright and other female vocalists. The only male guest in sight is Steve Earle.
Santigold is the lady at the mic on “Please Don’t Go”, a lovely blast of tropical funk with soft breezes on the horizon. Santi White sings about Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon in an ode to Marcos’ brand of handbag diplomacy. It sure beats a tray of Ferrero Rocher.