Going around the web last week was an interview with Brian Eno, ostensibly about his new album. Somewhere in the background, actually on the screen of the computer, was an image of Eno in his Roxy Music days.
A day after I watched the interview I happened upon the soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine; my local library was selling their copy for a dollar. For that price I was happy to take it home.
I remember the film back when it came out and thought that it wasn’t bad but not flat out brilliant. The soundtrack is somewhat the same. Most of it consists of reworkings of famous glam era songs, by a super group, which does include Andy Mackay from Roxy Music. He even covers himself on a few old Roxy numbers, such as ‘2HB‘, wherein Thom Yorke does an impressive Bryan Ferry impersonation. I was half convinced it was Bryan at one stage.
There are also some original songs in the glam style, such as the excellent contribution from Grant Lee Buffalo called ‘The Whole Shebang‘. However, standing above even these original contributions are the originals from the glam era, including Roxy Music and Eno solo.
Leading off the soundtrack is Eno’s blistering ‘Needle In The Camel’s Eye’, which was also the lead off track from this debut solo album Here Come The Warm Jets.
For those who only know Eno from his ambient work it might come as a surprise that Eno, apart from the animal cruelty his work hints at (needles in camel’s eyes) and the poor parenting skills (why is the baby on fire? And is throwing him in the water really the way to go?), really used to rock. Check out this song and see why it is today’s Song for a Friday. Enjoy!