Fatboy Slim records concept album with David Byrne and Martha Wainwright

Norman Cook reveals details of his latest side-project

Fatboy Slim has teamed up with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Martha Wainwright and Cyndi Lauper for a concept album.

The DJ is putting the finishing touches to ‘Here Lies Love’, which trails the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines.

“Each track is sung by a different singer and there’s some very interesting guests on there,” he said.


“It’s a story-telling thing, like ‘Evita’, but coming at it from a different angle in that it tells the untold story that people didn’t know about Imelda Marcos. It’s not just about the shoes.”

The idea for the project came about four years ago and was initially set to be a musical.

However, Cook and Byrne decided to record an album too.

Marcos, who is best known for her huge collection of shoes, was found guilty of corruption in the mid-’90s, but her conviction was overturned on appeal.

The charges were part of a wider case alleging that Marcos and her husband, former president Ferdinand Marcos, plundered the nation’s economy between 1968 and 1986.

The pair were overthrown in a popular revolt in 1986 and fled to Hawaii, where Ferdinand Marcos died three years later.


“Because the story is more about what was going on in [New York club] Studio 54 rather than what went on in the Philippines, we wanted to reflect that, so it’s kind of dance music based,” Cook told BBC 6 Music.

Other singers set to feature on the record include Santigold, Tori Amos and Candie Payne.


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