(Nothing But) Flowers
|"(Nothing But) Flowers"|
|Single by Talking Heads|
|from the album Naked|
|Genre||New Wave, worldbeat|
|Writer(s)||David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth|
|Producer||Talking Heads, Steve Lilywhite|
|Talking Heads singles chronology|
"(Nothing But) Flowers" is a song by the rock band Talking Heads. It appears on the band's final album Naked, released in 1988. It was also released as a single accompanied by a successful music video, which featured innovative uses of typography by graphic designer Tibor Kalman. In addition to the band, the song features Kirsty MacColl on backup vocals and The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. It peaked at number 79 in the UK Singles Chart.
The lyrics describe a world where modern progress has been reverted to a more natural state, due either to a political movement or by a necessity, such as dealing with overpopulation. While the protagonist may have once been in favor of the transformation, he finds himself now missing the conveniences and culture of the modern world. The flip side to Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, which laments that "They paved paradise, put up a parking lot."
In popular culture
The song was also featured in Kevin Smith's 2006 comedy film Clerks II during the opening credits.
It also formed the basis for Sunny Day Real Estate's name.
The young adult novel 172 Hours on the Moon uses the song's lyrics repeatedly throughout the book, serving as an anchor for the main character.