Skip to content

Laurie Anderson & Peter Gabriel

Collaboration between multimedia artists and musicians

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Laurie Anderson & Peter Gabriel

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to two versions of the same song, composed and performed by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson and musician and singer Peter Gabriel. Each recorded a version of this song in the mid 1980s with the other as a guest on their version.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Laurie Anderson on her music, art practice, and collaborations.


"Excellent Birds" by Laurie Anderson (with Peter Gabriel)
"This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)" by Peter Gabriel (with Laurie Anderson)
1984/1986 | Collaboration between multimedia artists and musicians

  • Listen on Spotify: LA / PG
  • Listen on Apple Music: LA / PG
  • Listen and watch on YouTube: LA / PG
  • Listen on Pandora: LA / PG
  • Listen on Tidal: LA / PG
  • Listen on Soundcloud: LA / PG
  • Listen on Amazon Music: LA / PG
  • Buy and listen on Bandcamp: LA not available / PG

Go deeper.

The first record collaboration I ever did was probably with Peter Gabriel. I am a huge fan of Peter Gabriel, and especially of what he does in the low end – it’s so beautiful how he can organize what’s going on down there – but we could never agree on what a bassline was. (I think I probably don’t hear so well down there.) I wanted to learn from him, but it turned into a standoff and so we each put out our own version of the song. (I think it was called “Excellent Birds.”) It taught me that I should collaborate in different ways. I always like to cross borders and see how I can bring other things into music.

United StatesEngland

Explore more music

Members Public

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Soul jazz quintet led by saxophonist from New York City

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Members Public

Lilly Hiatt

Nashville-based singer, musician, and songwriter

Lilly Hiatt
Members Public

Terrace Martin

Multi-instrumentalist and jazz and hip hop producer from Los Angeles

Terrace Martin