This is one track, with vocals by Santigold and with video culled from archival footage, from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love (Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, 2010).
"Through a series of songs written by David Byrne, with musical contributions from Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook), songs from Here Lies Love presents Imelda Marcos meditating on events in her life, from her childhood spent in poverty and her rise to power to her ultimate departure from the palace. In particular, the production looks at the relationship between Imelda and a servant from her childhood, Estrella Cumpas, who appeared at key moments in Imelda's life." (Here Lies Love, 2010)
David Byrne, in his Introduction, has this to say:
“The story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves? I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if—as this piece would be principally composed of clubby dance music—one could experience it in a club setting? Could one bring a ‘story’ and a kind of theater to the disco? Was that possible? If so, wouldn’t that be amazing!”
For some of us who grew up in Leyte, Imelda Marcos was this mythical figure we had to "slay" at some point in our lives. Now I have the soundtrack to go with the ritual purging.
Imagine this: nerdy academics in a conference hall singing along to a YouTube video of Sex Pistol's "No Fun."
That must have been a sight to see, what C witnessed at the Digital Labor conference on "The Internet as Playground and Factory" at the Eugene Lang College, New School, this Nov. 12-14, 2009.
Here's a YouTube video of the Sex Pistols, perhaps you'll be singing along too.
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