When Laurie Anderson sings a song, she doesn’t just sing like most musicians – she tells a tale with her own unique twist. This is a lady who can do a Public Service Announcement about Yankee Doodle and make it interesting!
I first heard Laurie when she did the song “Sharkey’s Day” back in the 80’s, and to me it was very kitsch – very unusual in the way it was done, but she held my interest! Later on, I watched the movie “Home of the Brave”, and I was hooked. She had a violin that had a recording tape to draw her bow across rather than a set of strings, and during the show, she twirled around while an aircraft carrier radar dish spun in the background. Nothing on stage was wasted – it all had a purpose.
Years later, I still enjoy listening to the many tales Laurie tells in her albums, and her spin on things that you may have heard once, twice, or many times in the past. She’s not one of those mainstream singers that you hear on the radio, but she does have a significant following of fans who will flock to see her perform live, and on stage. I enjoy songs such as “Language Is A Virus” and “Sharkey’s Night”, as well as her take on the numbers zero and one. If you haven’t heard Laurie Anderson do any her performances, I think you’re missing out on something really unique – and truly wonderful.