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Laurie Anderson, “O Superman”


I was pleased to see that HTC is using Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” in the North American release of their “Free Fall” commercial, where a mirror-covered model jumps out of a plane and is followed by a man who takes pictures and video of her on his phone as they fall.

“O Superman” hit #2 in the United Kingdom in 1981. It’s always been one of my favorites. She sings through a harmonizer, on top of a loop of her voice saying “ha.” A pop-leaning example of the minimalist genre.


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