Home of the Brave (soundtrack)

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Home of the Brave
Soundtrack album from Home of the Brave by Laurie Anderson
Released May 26, 1986
Recorded 1985, Park Theater, Union City, NJ
Genre Avant-garde
Experimental music
Length 34:08
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Laurie Anderson
Roma Baran
Nile Rodgers
Laurie Anderson chronology
United States Live
(1984)United States Live1984
Home of the Brave
Strange Angels
(1989)Strange Angels1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The New York Times (film review - April 24, 1986) link
Robert Christgau (A-) link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link

Home of the Brave was the fourth album overall and third studio album release by Laurie Anderson, issued in 1986. Released by Warner Bros. Records, it was a partial soundtrack album of her concert film of the same name.

Three of the eight tracks on the album were recorded in the studio and thus differ considerably from the filmed versions. A music video for "Language Is a Virus" was produced, using the soundtrack studio recording but footage of the live performance.

Two songs on the album were remakes of earlier works: "Language Is a Virus" was originally titled "Language is a virus from outer space - William S. Burroughs" and was performed on Anderson's earlier United States Live (the soundtrack album omits the song's spoken word introduction, "Difficult Listening Hour", which had appeared on United States Live but which was also performed in the film). "Sharkey's Night" is a song from Anderson's previous album, Mister Heartbreak. However this rendition is performed by Anderson herself (the original was vocalized by William S. Burroughs) as it is in the film. Burroughs' voice is heard on the track "Late Show," however. The soundtrack album omits the other live performances of songs from Mister Heartbreak that were featured in the movie.

An alternate, faster-paced version of "Smoke Rings" was recorded for release as a possible single, but there is no indication it was ever issued; it can be heard during Anderson's made-for-TV short film What You Mean We?

Track listing[edit]

All compositions written by Laurie Anderson.

  1. "Smoke Rings" – 7:00 co-produced by Nile Rodgers
  2. "White Lily" – 1:16
  3. "Late Show" – 4:30
  4. "Talk Normal" – 5:27
  5. "Language Is a Virus" – 4:10 Produced by Nile Rodgers
  6. "Radar" – 2:01
  7. "Sharkey's Night" – 6:16
  8. "Credit Racket" – 3:28


Additional personnel



Year Chart Position
1986 The Billboard 200 145
1986 New Zealand Albums Chart 14
1986 Swedish Album Chart 34