American avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson released the single O Superman in October 1981. For a single, the track has an extraordinary length of 8 minutes and 21 seconds. It was a surprise commercial success for Laurie Anderson.
Official Music Video
- Also known as: O Superman (For Massenet)
- Month of release: October 1981
- Type of music release: Single
- From album: Big Science
- Genre: Art pop, new wave, electronic
- Label: Warner Bros., Nonesuch Records
- Music video directors: Josh White
- Music art director: Perry Hoberman
- Video concept: Laurie Anderson
What music magazines wrote about 'O Superman'
"When O Superman became a hit, first in the UK and then elsewhere, Anderson claims to have been astonished."
Andy Beta wrote in a Pitchfork review about the Moses Sumney cover of O Superman:
"In 'How to Wreck a Nice Beach' (...) there is a chapter that opens with Laurie Anderson's "O Superman", one of the most peculiar songs to ever dominate the Pazz & Jop critics poll and Top of the Pops."
"Originally a surprise UK hit in 1982, the seminal synthpop tune was pulled from Anderson's futuristic 'Big Science' album, (...)"
Los Angeles Times
In an Los Angeles Times article about the American tenor Charles Holland, regarding the musical inspiration of O Superman, one can read:
"A few years earlier, Laurie Anderson had heard him sing “O Souverain” from Massenet’s “Le Cid” that she said was the inspiration for her hit recording “O Superman.”"
 Atwood, M. (2021, April 8). ‘It has never been more pertinent’ – Margaret Atwood on the chilling genius of Laurie Anderson’s Big Science. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/apr/08/margaret-atwood-laurie-anderson-big-science-o-superman-prophetic-80s-america-pertinent
 Beta, A. (2015, July 16). Moses Sumney: “O Superman” (Laurie Anderson cover). Pitchfork. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17579-moses-sumney-o-superman-laurie-anderson-cover/
 O'Loughlin, C. (2007, June 11). Laurie Anderson's 'O Superman' re-released!. DJMag.com. https://djmag.com/content/laurie-andersons-o-superman-re-released
 Folkart, B. A. (1987, November 12). Obituaries : Charles Holland; Singer Fled Bias, Found Success - Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-11-12-mn-20094-story.html