The Artist Birthday Series

Laurie Anderson

She became widely known outside the art world in 1982 when her single “O Superman,” originally released in a limited quantity by B. George’s One Ten Records, ultimately reached number two in the British charts. The sudden influx of orders from the UK (prompted partly by British station BBC Radio 1 playlisting the record) led to Anderson signing a 7-album deal with Warner Bros. Records, which re-released the single. The advent of MTV (which was at the time “Music Television” and consisted mainly of music videos) also helped Anderson achieve more exposure with the brilliantly conceived and executed video for “O Superman.

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