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Mister Heartbreak is the second album by avant-garde artist, singer and composer Laurie Anderson, released in 1984.

Considered more mainstream than its predecessor, Big Science, the album's lead track, "Sharkey's Day" formed the basis of a popular music video. Author William S. Burroughs read the lyrics of the closing track, "Sharkey's Night", while Peter Gabriel provided backing vocals on "Excellent Birds," an alternate version of which, titled "This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)," also appeared on his album So. The song "Gravity's Angel" borrows imagery from Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow.

Most of the songs on this album were later performed in Anderson's 1986 concert film Home of the Brave. Burroughs appears in that film and appears in two brief segments reciting lines from "Sharkey's Night," although it is Anderson herself who performs a complete version of the song at the film's conclusion.


Track listing

All songs written by Laurie Anderson except as indicated.

Side one

  1. "Sharkey's Day" – 7:41
  2. "Langue d'Amour" – 6:12
  3. "Gravity's Angel" – 6:02

Side two

  1. "Kokoku" – 7:03
  2. "Excellent Birds" (Anderson, Peter Gabriel) – 3:12
  3. "Blue Lagoon" – 7:03
  4. "Sharkey's Night" – 2:29


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