Essential Listening: Walk The Dog Live (CD) by Laurie Anderson

Walk The Dog Live (CD)

By 1980 Laurie Anderson was well established as one of America’s most significant performance artists and avant-garde musicians. This live recording of her ambitious, amorphous performance piece The United States was made for the Columbia, Missouri community station KOPN just prior to the release of her breakthrough single, 0 Superman, and offers a vivid insight into her stage performances of the time. It’s presented here with background notes and images.

1 . INTRO

2 . SAY HELLO

3 . WALK THE DOG

4 . VIOLIN SOLO

5 . CLOSED CIRCUITS

6 . FOR A LARGE & CHANGING ROOM

7 . THE LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE

8.  CARTOON SONG

9 . WE ARE TAPPING YOUR LINE

10 . SWEATERS

11 . IT WAS UP IN THE MOUNTAINS

12 . FRAMES FOR THE PICTURES

13 . BEGINNING ITALIAN

14 . UNTITLED INSTRUMENTAL

15 . DOG SHOW / LOOKING FOR YOU

16 . NINA SIMONE (?)

17 . DEMOCRATIC WAY

18 . THREE SONGS FOR PAPER, FILM & VIDEO

19 . I CAN DRAW YOU SO THAT YOU HAVE NO EARS

20. WALKING AND FALLING / ENGLISH

21 . I DREAMED I HAD TO TAKE A TEST

22. SAX SOLO

23. FOR A LARGE & CHANGING ROOM (REPRISE)

24. OUTRO

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