[[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 has been well known for her work in different fields of [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible the avant-garde]] since the early 1970s. 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.

After dating him for 16 years, she was married to Music/LouReed from 2008 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: one of her most well-known albums, 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 was a concert film called ''Home of the Brave'' in 1986. This was followed nearly 30 years later by the critically-acclaimed ''Heart of a Dog'' in 2015, a collage-like rumination on life, loss, and modern American surveillance shown mostly through the experiences of her beloved late rat terrier, Lolabelle. (The latter is 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. (Gabriel performed on a version of the song that appeared on Anderson's album, ''Mister Heartbreak'', released two years before ''So''.)
* 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]]...
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Person]]: Entered this mode in her 60s and remains there as she enters her 70s.
* 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'' given she only has a couple of actual chart hit singles to her name, ''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. One of her earliest performances, ''Automobile'', was a symphony performed on vehicle horns, and she first came to the public's attention by way of performances she'd give in which she'd play violin while wearing ice skates and standing on a block of ice; when the ice melted away, the performance ended.
* 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. It's also one of the most mainstream songs in her canon.
* 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. Although she sang occasionally, it wasn't until her 1989 album ''Strange Angels'' - the recording of which was reportedly delayed so that she could take proper singing lessons - that singing became a regular part of her performances. In recent years, however, she has tended to focus on spoken word more.
* 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!"''