David Byrne says he ‘barraged’ Fatboy Slim into working with him

The Talking Heads frontman worked with the DJ on their musical 'Here Lies Love', which opens in London next week

David Byrne has revealed that he “barraged” DJ Fatboy Slim until he agreed to work with him.

The pair worked together on the musical ‘Here Lies Love’, which will open on September 30 in London at the Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre.

The musical is based on the pair’s double album of the same name, which was released in 2010 and documents the life of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.

“He got barraged by me!” Byrne says about first approaching Fatboy Slim with the idea for the album eight years ago in this week’s NME. “I mean, the album, the first version of ‘Here Lies Love’, has 23 songs. It wasn’t just, “Here’s a track!'”.

The 22-track double-album ‘Here Lies Love’ featured a host of guest vocalists, including Santigold, Tori Amos and Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch.

Speaking about the production itself, Byrne adds that the show is “immersive”, meaning that “the audience doesn’t sit in the theatre seats and just passively take it in… They’re not required to do anything embarrassing, but we turn the theatre into a simulation of a dance club. You hang out and dance and listen to music, but in this case you get a story as well.”