(Nothing But) Flowers

  • The lyrics describe a post-apocalyptic world in which modern technology has been largely eliminated. Lead singer David Byrne, as the song's protagonist, is torn between his appreciation for nature's beauty and his dependency on such disappeared items as lawnmowers and fast food.
  • A passage from the song was quoted in Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho.
  • The song was also used in the beginning of the movie Clerks II. >>
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  • This featured The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who recalled to Uncut magazine February 2008 about his contribution to this track: "When I got there they put down some bass and drum tracks. '(Nothing But) Flowers' sounded almost like a reggae dub track. I wasn't trying to play in an African style - although some people pointed out that I sometimes sound like that anyway! I knew all about King Sunny Ade (performer of Nigerian juju music) and I love Fela Kuti (Nigerian multi-instrumentalist) but really I just played melodies that sounded good in a high range. The intro to 'Flowers' was me playing without knowing the tape machine was on - that's how little attention I paid to any kind of remit! I built that track from the ground up. I was impressed with what David (Byrne) did on it. He worked super quickly on it."
  • Kirsty MacColl contributed backing vocals to this song. Among her other credits are vocals on The Pogues "Fairytale Of New York" and The Rolling Stones "One Hit (To The Body)." She also wrote Tracey Ullman's 1983 hit "They Don't Know."

Comments: 6

  • Karol from Pori, FinlandThere is a slightly different solo part in the middle, in the 1st pressing LP version of this album.
  • Niles from Belpre, Oheverything the Talking Heads do is good
  • Worshipczar from Reno, Nv...when *he* sits in. (sorry)
  • Worshipczar from Reno, NvI heart Johnny Marr. Everything just sounds better when sits in.
  • Leah from Jacksonville Beach, Flthis song always makes me happy!
  • This Dude from Philla, Patotaly awesome song......oh and first post wow...
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