A: An obsession with dictator’s widow Imelda Marcos.
In a lengthy but very readable story on the Times Online website we learn that David Byrne, the edgy brain inside the Talking Heads, has devoted five years of his life to composing and recording a “song cycle” comprised of 22 songs about the shoe-obsessed former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Byrne collaborated on Here Lies Love, as it’s called, with Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, and the work will be released in April as a double CD, sung by an all-star cast that includes Cyndi Lauper and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.
Byrne’s interest in the Here Lies Love project was sparked, reports the Times, by two documentaries, one of which was Fenton Bailey’s 2007 Dictators by Design, in which the World of Wonder director spent five frantic days following the 77-year-old Imelda around her country, touring buildings and attending functions. “After a full round of activities that began at 6am, and carried on until well after dinner,” said Bailey, “she asked if we could do a sit-down interview to camera at 1.30am the following morning…. It seemed like she could not bear to be alone.” (Read the Times article here)