Big Science

Release date
27 Jul 2007
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 From the Air 4:33 22,385
2 Big Science 6:12 20,672
3 Sweaters 2:23 17,505
4 Walking and Falling 2:13 3,719
5 Born, Never Asked 4:56 19,789
6 O Superman 8:25 26,620
7 Example #22 2:59 15,756
8 Let X=X 3:54 16,350
9 It Tango 3:02 17,043
10 Walk the Dog 5:51 4,325

About this album

Big Science is the 1982 debut album by avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson and the first of a 7-album deal she signed with Warner Bros. Records. It is best known for the 8-minute epic “O Superman”, which reached #2 in the UK. The album is minimalist and monochrome in sound, and like a great deal of Anderson’s work is based largely on spoken word. It is a selection of highlights from her eight-hour production, United States Live, which was itself released as a 4-LP box set and book in 1984. United States Live was originally a performance piece, in which music was only one element. After Big Science music played a larger role in Anderson’s work.

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  • PhoenixBloom

    Incredible sound. Laurie is a special artist.

    18 Apr 5:22pm Reply
  • djgizmoe

    A friend of my dad gave this to me when I was in junior high. Ended up being the most influential album in my life.

    19 Jan 12:17am Reply
  • UnRagazzoAdam

    Big Science na Popvictims:

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vaguelyhumanoid

    Oh my god, I've had this for months and I just heard it pretty much now. this is the time, and this is the record of the time

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • hoseyman2001

    There's nothing quite like it

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • HerrTillman

    The fact that this album sounds dated (not in a pejorative sense!) to me only adds to the absurdity.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • musicmankenn

    Totally a classic album...

    26 Jul 2011 Reply

    this is yr cpatain

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Sonni16

    ... o superman... hat mir ganz schön die ohren frei geblasen - sensationell

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ofecteau

    It's a sky-blue sky!

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
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  • szarka

    FYI: The initial run of Laurie Anderson's Big Science [2007] reissue on compact disc contained a slight problem in the mastering that has now been resolved. On the 2nd track, "Big Science," the introduction to the song was missing the first of two wolf howls. If you purchased one of the CDs that contains the 'dropped' wolf howl, please return it (disc only!) to Nonesuch, 1290 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10104, attn: Big Science Reissue Exchange, with a return address, and we will send you the revised version.

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
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  • mistermaster03

    It's raining outside like kingdom come, which is the perfect time for these lyrics: 'Cause when love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi Mom! Huh. Huh-uh-huh. So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. In your automatic arms. Your electronic arms. In your arms. So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms. In your electronic arms.

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • jopy666

    this is your captain...we're all going down...together. stand by....

    18 Jul 2008 Reply
  • jane_eyre07

    An ingenious oeuvre of both contemporary art and music <3

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
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