The Big Pink premiered “Hit The Ground (Superman)” on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show last night, telling their host that it’s the “most anthemic song on the record.” Singer Robbie Furze sings about reaching precipitous heights and the fear of falling to the lowest low: I don’t want to hit the ground, I don’t want to hit the ground/ O Superman [sic]. That last bit is a nod to Laurie Anderson, the performance artist whose, unexpected 1981 hit O Superman is sampled on the track. Anderson wrote the song as a “cover” of Jules Massenet’s “Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père” “ (O Sovereign, O Judge, O Father) from his 1885 opera Le Cid. Stream both below and grab The Big Pink’s forthcoming album, Future This, January 16th on 4AD.
Stream: The Big Pink, “Hit The Ground (Superman)”
Watch: Laurie Anderson, “O Superman”