Wednesday, October 06, 2004:

I ain't skerred ... ok, maybe a little

David Byrne -- Fear
David Byrne -- Main Title Theme (Last Emperor)
Over the last year David Byrne music has turned up on a number of mp3blogs I wouldn't expect to be interested in him. In hopes of keeping the Blogger Cred Police from kicking my door in, here's some trippy funk from the out of print In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. The disc is a soundtrack to a dance routine, and if you can't listen to this track and see why then you just might be The Squarest Person Alive.

And then here's something hip and cool and achingly beautiful from The Last Emperor soundtrack. Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto each composed half of the music; the soundtrack won both an Oscar and a Grammy. The film deals with the last emperor of pre-Communist China and the hardships he faces once communism is established; it won a number of Oscars, BAFTAs, and other awards but didn't make it onto the IMDb top 250.... Well, the IMDb list has been more consitently entertaining that most film lists I've seen (here's looking at you AFI, Maltin, Time Out, National Registry).
Discography. And Samples!
[]: The Last Emperor

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