(Nothing But) Flowers
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|"(Nothing But) Flowers"|
|Single by Talking Heads|
|from the album Naked|
|Genre||New wave, worldbeat|
|Length||5:39 (Album Version)
4:15 (Single Version)
3:28 (Radio Edit)
|Writer(s)||David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth|
|Producer(s)||Talking Heads, Steve Lilywhite|
|Talking Heads singles chronology|
"(Nothing But) Flowers" is a song by 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 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, a global disaster, 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 song is a wry flip side to Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, which laments that "They paved paradise; put up a parking lot."
2010 TED Conference
Appearances in other media
- Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (2006). Stylepedia. Chronicle Books. p. 181. ISBN 0-8118-3346-1.
- TED 2010, TED.com, David Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby: "(Nothing But) Flowers" with String Quartet., retrieved 1 April 2015
- Kaye, Don. "5 Minutes with Kevin Smith". DrDrew.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2000. Retrieved January 31, 2016.