[[caption-width-right:283: O Franchise/{{Superman}}. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad...]]

[floatboxright: Influences/collaborators: Creator/AndyKaufman, Creator/WilliamSBurroughs, Music/BrianEno, Music/PeterGabriel, Music/LouReed, Music/JeanMichelJarre]

->"''Paradise is exactly like where you are right now, only much much better.''"
-->-'''Laurie Anderson''', "''Language Is a Virus''"

'''Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson''' (born June 5, 1947 in Glen Ellyn, IL) is an American musician, performance artist and composer who is well known for her work in different fields of [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible the avant-garde]] for some 40 years. She was originally trained as a sculptor and began doing performances in the 1960s and throughout the 1970s. While, understandably, not a "pop" artist, she is best known for her 1981 single, "O Superman," which hit Number 2 on the UK charts.

She was married to Music/LouReed until his passing on October 27, 2013.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Anderson The Other Wiki]].

A couple things to note: her most well-known album, 1983's ''United States Live'', was a truncated version of her prominent performance art show recorded over two nights in Brooklyn; it contains the live (pre-single) version of "O Superman" and runs for nearly ''four-and-a-half hours''. She's also made several shorts, as well as two feature films, first a concert film called ''Home of the Brave'' in 1986, followed nearly 30 years later by ''Heart of a Dog'' in 2015, a collage-like rumination on life through the experiences of her late dog, Lolabelle. (It's available from Creator/TheCriterionCollection, spine #846.)

!! "These are the tropes, the tropes that take":
* BigApplesauce: "New York Social Life"
* BreakupSong: "Sweaters"
* TheCameo: She appeared on "This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)" on Music/PeterGabriel's ''Music/{{So}}'', which hit Number 2 on the ''Billboard'' Top 200 albums chart, making it her highest ever appearance on an American chart.
* TheCastShowOff: Composes, performs, invents her own instruments, hosts TV shows, directs, [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002173/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1 acts in movies]]...
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->"You've probably heard that Microsoft has recently taken over the Catholic Church. The Vatican was pleased, saying, 'Well, we've been using icons for over 2000 years, and Microsoft has only been using them for 3, so we figure we'll be able to help them out a bit.'"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: From "O Superman":
-->"They're American planes, made in America."
** And from its B-Side "Walk The Dog":
-->"I saw a lot of trees today, and they were all made of...wood. Well they were wooden trees, and they were made, entirely...Of wood."
* {{Doorstopper}}: Her first live album, ''United States Live'', is ''five'' records long.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 3. She loves the U.S. but is not shy about calling out those politicians (e.g., UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, longtime Sen. Jesse Helms [R-NC]) she dislikes.
* ElectronicMusic: It's her primary genre.
* GratuitousGerman: "Example #22" alternates between German and English.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: While making allowances in terms of the word ''hits'', ''Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology''.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: "Beautiful Red Dress," ''Bright Red''
* LetXBeTheUnknown: "Let X=X"
* LiveAlbum: ''United States Live'' and ''Live in New York''
* TheMovie: Her 1986 concert film, ''Home of the Brave.''
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "O Superman"'s lyrics are based around an answering machine message.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Ramon", "The Dream Before"
* OuijaBoard: "The Ouija Board"
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: "Strange Angels"
* PerformanceArtist: The RealLife straight female version, as, along with her music, she has presented various installations. Her concerts incorporate films and dances along with the music.
* PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: She often uses a voice filter to make her speaking voice sound like that of a deep-voiced man. She used to call it the "Voice of Authority" until Music/LouReed suggested he be called "Fenway Bergamot".
* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Instead of videos for the songs on ''Strange Angels,'' she made a series of "Personal Service Announcements."
* QuarrelingSong: "It Tango"
* RepurposedPopSong: "O Superman" was used in a commercial for [=HTC=] smartphones.
** "Sharkey's Day" was used by Creator/{{Lifetime}} as its theme music for a while.
* SesameStreetCred: Voiced one of the newborn babies during a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie''.
* SillyLoveSongs: "Baby Doll", which hit Number 7 on the ''Billboard'' Modern Rock Charts, the highest she's ever hit on her own on an American chart.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The question "Smoking or non-smoking", mentioned in "O Superman," would never be asked today.
* TheSomethingSong:
** "Three Walking Songs"
** "Three Songs for Paper, Film and Video"
** "City Song"
** "Telephone Song"
* SpokenWordInMusic: All the time.
* StartMyOwn: Invented her own instruments, including the tape-bow violin and the talking stick.
* TheStoryteller: Once when asked to sum herself up in one word, she chose "Storyteller."
* TemptingFate: "Monkey's Paw"
* UncommonTime: One of her multimedia creations was "Film Song in 24/24 Time"
* {{Understatement}}: In "From the Air", as she learns that she's going to be making a crash landing, she says, "Uh-oh. This is gonna be some day!"
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Discussed in the song "Talk Normal":
-->''I turned the corner in [=SoHo=] today,''
-->''And someone looked right at me and said, "Oh no,''
-->''Another Laurie Anderson clone!"''